Last year, Columbus,OH won the US DOT Smart Cities Challenge. Since then, they've made major progress on a number of fronts. The SmartColumbus Operating System provides the technical core, while ~1000 data sets populate the potential workspace.
Last week, they put out a request for advice on moving from internal to open source development. I'm echoing that here:
A goal of our program is to make the smart city platform we are building openly shareable with other cities so they can benefit from the grant we received from the USDOT. What we want to do is to move from internal development to open source development and therefore, are looking for people with experience in doing this to advise us. It would be great to get folks from open source companies as well as from the user/contributor communities. Please pass this on to anyone in your networks that you feel can provide value. Thank You!
How can Columbus best build an Open Source product to help other cities?