Back to top is now an open source project

October 28, 2016

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We've made it so that anyone can see the code that makes work. is now an open source project

We here at the Digital Team have preached the importance of user feedback. We also know how important it is that our tools grow and adapt to our users’ changing needs, so we built our site on an open source content management system, Drupal, that is constantly tended by a vast community of developers. Keeping with that spirit of constant improvement based on input from our users, today we’re releasing as an open source project.

What does that mean? We’re releasing’s source code to the public domain, so anyone can see the code that makes work, point out problems, fix problems, and even use the code for their own city, town, or organization. We’ll also be making everything we build open by default going forward. We’re excited to be part of a growing network of government organizations making the work we do open.

Why are we doing it? There’s a large, civic-minded ecosystem of software developers out there, especially in the Drupal community, and we’re hoping they will lend a hand to improve As an open source project, we can also more easily work with organizations (like our friends at Code for Boston) or academic institutions interested in helping city governments adapt to 21st-century needs.

How can you get involved? There are three main ways we’re hoping to get you involved:

  • Tell us about a bug you find or an idea you have for the site. (First, check to make sure it’s not already on the list.)
  • Contribute code to fix a problem or build something awesome.
  • Fork the code and use any features that are helpful for your own projects or organization.

If you’re interested in taking on a project, we’ve scoped some out that we’d love help with. Just some ideas for now, but we're open to new ones:

There are lots more, too. You can always filter issues by the Help Wanted label, or suggest your own feature.

So, are you a software developer, UXer, or designer who sees major issues with Have you been aching to see a city website do [your idea] for forever-and-a-day? Are you rebuilding digital experiences for your own town or city and there are features you could reuse from Check out our guides to working on and explore the code. We’ll see you on Github!