Defense Department Adds Social Networking To Developer Site - InformationWeek
Software // Information Management
01:02 PM

Defense Department Adds Social Networking To Developer Site Community offers an online venue for connecting and sharing information about open source projects managed within the DoD's collaborative development site.

Obama's Tech Tools
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: Obama's Tech Tools
The Department of Defense (DoD) IT agency has added a social networking community to its open source project site, giving military developers an online collaboration platform for sharing information and resources on projects.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has launched the Community social network as part of, a set of online services for managing and hosting open source projects. The DoD launched, an exclusive site for DoD developers based on, two years ago.

Developers using can engage in a variety of social networking activities via the new site, which was built on Drupal Commons, an open-source social software platform built on the Drupal content-management platform and supported by Acquia. The federal government already has used Drupal as the foundation for the site, as well as made two code donations to the project.

Developers can follow the activity of team members and community leaders via the new site, or use it to discover new sub-communities and groups that share common interests in projects. They can also share ideas, best practices, lessons learned, and other information with the entire community.

Integration with SoftwareForge and ProjectForge, two project management and collaborative development services available on, also is a feature of the community site.

SoftwareForge is a free service, while ProjectForge--which offers increased access controls--is fee-based. Both services offer project management, requirements identification, bug tracking, version control, and tools such as wikis and document repositories.

By leveraging social networking, the DoD aims to give developers working on a more "holistic" view of the development activity and projects hosted on the site, as well as create specific development groups focused on interests, organizations, mission areas, or specific technologies, according to a description of the community on the site.

The overall goal is to provide the most comprehensive set of resources possible to military developers working on the projects, and allow them to help each other and foster technology innovation by facilitating collaboration among them, the agency said.

The federal government is increasingly exploring the use of social networks inside the firewall as part of the Obama's administration's Open Government Directive, which aims to use technology to foster more transparency and engagement not only with the public but within agencies as well.

In addition to work going on within the DoD, the Department of State last year created its own internal social network modeled on Facebook to foster collaboration and even camaraderie among employees.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll