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Text of the bill: http://www.nhliberty.org/bills/view/2012/HB418

Confirmation of "passed" status in NH congress: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/bill_status.aspx?lsr=741&sy=2012&txtsessionyear=2012&txtbillnumber=HB418

Thanks to Greg @ CC for the good catch.

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Interesting juxtaposition here with the last two emails to the Openness CG forum. The first referenced openwashing, often used to question vendor claims about openness (I would add the term may also apply to non-commercial organizations and initiatives as well). The second providing a bit of motivation for openwashing products and projects. If, as the bill states, "...state agencies [are] to consider open source software when acquiring software and promote the use of open data formats by state agencies," I can understand why some might inflate their openness in order to gain consideration with state agencies (including state colleges and universities) procuring software. Reading the Bill, there seems to be a framework for an open scorecard, like that suggested by the OSI (http://www.opensource.org/node/476). || |||| ||| || | | || ||| || ||| || | | ||| || ||| || Patrick Masson Chief Technology Officer, UMassOnline The University of Massachusetts, Office of the President 333 South St., Suite 400, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (774) 455-7615: Office (774) 455-7620: Fax (970) 4MASSON: GoogleVoice UMOLPatMasson: AIM massonpj: Skype Web Site: http://www.umassonline.net Blog: http://www.umassonlineblog.com ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.