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The implementation "Open Irekia - Open Government" del Gobierno Vasco available to users, developers and community at large

14 june 2011

The Basque Government Irekia releases, the site to promote the participation on the Internet

Roughly a year ago, the basque government launched the internet portal Irekia as a model of the philosophy of Open Government that all departments of the executive branch being included in the daily exercise of government action with the aim of improving the relationship between citizenship and administration, building on the advantage of new technologies.

Thus, this platform encompasses different features which include, inter alia, a management system of classification and preparation, publication of news, managers multimedia content in multiple formats, integration with different social networks, multiple agendas of public events and use of internal government coordination processes, and broadcasting of live events, management of comments, proposals, etc.

In the development of Irekia have been used components of free software as the Linux operating system, databases and PostgreSQL CouchDB, the interpreters of programming languages Ruby, Python and Erlang or the Apache web server. Also the original software project is being developed under the European Union of the European Union Public "Licence – EUPL".

Now, the basque government has decided to release on the software that has developed this project. Called OpenIrekia, makes available to citizens, enterprises, organizations and, of course, other institutions and public authorities, the source code "" of Irekia. This works and are allowed free reuse and free of charge.

What OpenIrekia made available to the citizenship, in a free of charge, are features and components used by web Irekia. On the basis of existing components of free software as the Linux operating system, databases and PostgreSQL CouchDB, the interpreters of programming languages Ruby, Python and Erlang or the Apache web server (all are free software by what has not been necessary to make any payment for their use and development), has created OpenIrekia managers of news, videos, users, etc. who and sun that liberates. So will continue to release other components that s evade Irekia dissociated itself from the project.

Additional information on the initiative in IREKIA

  • Open government
  • Centre for technology transfer