Open Source In State and Local Government The Background • LEADR: Law Enforcement Automated Data Replicator • Large scale data collection and query tool • Installed in 3 states Background • The project started in the low country of South Carolina in 3 counties. • There were 3 sheriff’s offices and 3 police departments initially installed. • Many police departments share common Records Management Systems (RMS) • Initial system installed was a closed source system. The Switch to Open Source • In 2003 grants were obtained to expand the system to 21 Agencies • Quotes were given by the closed source vendor for a full license cost for each agency, even though they had already developed the adapter for a given RMS. • A decision was made to Open Source and pay for the adapter development once, and do an install on common system. Goals of the Open Source Project • No additional cost to agencies after development. • Use common technologies and data standards • Make the software freely available to Law Enforcement agencies. • Use open source and open data standards • User and Operations manuals provided to customers The Move to the State level • During the 2nd phase of the data sharing project SLED wanted to pick the project up and move it to a state wide level. • Within 1 year 175 agencies were brought into the system by publishing open data standards and communication protocols to RMS vendors. • A joint effort between agencies and multiple companies brought everything on board quickly. • The total cost of the project was $6.5 Million dollars Advantages of Open Source and the Next State • After the success of South Carolina, Tennessee wanted to implement LEADR • Project goals – Bring in 250 agencies in the first phase of the project. – Replace DB IV based RMS fat client with open sourced web RMS system. • Project was completed on time using the exiting code base at a cost of $750k Conclusion • Moving to open and non-licensed based software has saved the state millions of dollars in cost. • SC spends on average $5k on support and maintenance. • Same philosophy applied to License Plate Reader Warehouse (4 Installations) • No cost to update the system to latest versions of the software • State money is spent on features, not licenses.