Possibly as part of its cost reductions, but certainly part of a push towards usability, the British government has open sourced some of its own custom-built software.

It will make it easier for developers to create applications that access its backend systems thanks to a released of  a CKAN module for the Drupal content management system (CMS). The module is being made freely available for anyone to “review, use or modify”.

The move comes as part of a refresh to the data.gov.uk site. Other new features include RSS feeds to keep on top of relevant subjects and search updates designed to minimise irrelevant responses.

You can follow the Government’s lead and base your website around Drupal by using free 123-apps. Applications like Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and Coppermine are included free with 123-reg Linux shared hosting packages Linux Plus, Linux Pro and Linux Business Pro. Free – so why not try them out.

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