Code for America Commons

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Code for America Commons
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Established September 2010
Location United States

Code for America Commons is a project by Code for America and OpenPlans focused on reducing government IT costs by helping government entities share code and best practices.[1] It was initially launched as Civic Commons as an independent nonprofit organization, but later became a program of Code for America.[1] The project is a coordinated effort between Code for America, OpenPlans, and the District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO).[2]


Federal IT Dashboard[edit]

The Federal IT Dashboard was launched in June 2009 as a government transparency initiative.[3] According to US CIO Vivek Kundra, it was "a website where you could track $80 billion of IT spending annually."[4] Initially it was only available to the federal government, which used the dashboard to monitor project effectiveness and decide the allocation of resources.[4] With help from the Civic Commons initiative, the IT dashboard was made freely available to all government entities in March 2011.[4]

Enterprise Addressing System[edit]

The Enterprise Addressing System (EAS) is a web-based application introduced by the San Francisco Department of Technology to manage the city's master database of addresses.[5] In response to other jurisdictions' expressed interest in EAS, the city of San Francisco decided to open source the system with help from Civic Commons.[6] In early 2011, Farallon Geographics developed a secure solution for EAS using open source geospatial technology.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Code for America Commons - About". Civic Commons. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Civic Commons Launched to Help Government Share Technology and Cut Costs". Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth Montalbano. "Federal IT Dashboard goes Mobile". Information Week. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  4. ^ a b c "Cost-Saving IT Dashboard Software Now Available to All Levels of Government". Code for America. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Introducing San Francisco's Enterprise Addressing System". Civic Commons. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  6. ^ "San Francisco's Enterprise Addressing System Is Now Open Source!". Civic Commons. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Case Study: Farallon". OpenGeo. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 

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