Marketplace Launches Publicly in Conjunction w/ GovFresh Awards

We are pleased to announce that the Civic Commons Marketplace, currently in private beta, will be open to the general public next Monday. The Marketplace will launch publicly in conjunction with the announcement of GovFresh award winners on December 19  – the Marketplace will display the award winners. If you haven’t already submitted your entries or voted in the 2011 GovFresh awards, you can do so here. Here’s what techPresident said about the public launch:

Civic Commons has launched a closed beta Marketplace, an application that aims to be a resource for people in the open-source, civic technology community.

First unveiled at Code for America’s year-end summit, the marketplace is supposed to be a clearinghouse for information about open-source applications and the organizations that make them.

“It tracks apps, organizations and entities,” Civic Commons executive director Nick Grossman told me today, “and most importantly, it creates linkages between the two: Which governments are using which apps for what purposes. We’re trying to start really small and really simple and just start building some linkages.”

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About Lauren Reid

Lauren Reid (Marketing Coordinator) is a ardent servant of democracy-in-action whether it be on strike lines or online. She hosts a solid background in non-profit communications and has worked on various local and national campaigns blending new and traditional mediums. Lauren spent the past several years amplifying the voice of registered nurses as a member of the California Nurses Association (CNA) communications team. While with CNA, she played a key role in California's 2010 gubernatorial race, and before that, Lauren served in the art department of San Francisco magazine and facilitated communications at ACLU of Northern California. Lauren, often found Canon in-hand, is a self-proclaimed documentarian of democracy. She holds degrees in Visual Communication/Photojournalism and English from the University of Miami.