Courtesy of PoliBlog  (official blog of the Center of Public Policy and Administration)

Charlie Schweik, associate professor of environmental conservation and public policy, gave an invited keynote address at the Military Open Source Software Conference in Atlanta Georgia on August 31, 2011.

Titled “Successful Internet Collaboration: A Study of Open Source Software Commons,” Schweik’s address drew on his extensive research concerning the use of open source software nationally and internationally and its potential for generating productive collaborations among researchers and others.

The purpose of the Atlanta conference was to discuss the benefits and challenges of open source technologies for military applications, and to encourage the U.S. defense and homeland security agencies to move toward “open” technology adoption policies and to share and reuse information technologies across agencies, levels of government, and between government IT contractors.

Schweik is also an associate director of the National Center for Digital Government (NCDG); an affiliated researcher with the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Initiative; and founder and co-director of the UMass Open Source Lab.  His research on open source software systems and collaborations has been supported by a prestigious NSF Early CAREER Development Grant.

Schweik’s forthcoming book on the open source movement is scheduled for publication by MIT Press in the spring of 2012.

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