Can Open Source Software Enhance Collaboration?

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 in News

A multistate criminal justice group is using open source software to develop plug-and-play solutions for functions like incident reporting, searching criminal histories and single sign-on.

The newly formed Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC) — dedicated to collaborating on open source, justice-related information sharing — includes Hawaii, Maine and Vermont. The group is using a shared Apache platform and toolkit to develop open source solutions for common criminal justice functions that can be quickly deployed by public safety agencies.

The group’s effort is the latest in a post-9/11 push to shore up public safety communication and information sharing capabilities. The OJBC is an offshoot of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics.

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