US: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency unveiled gamification software code earlier this month to its organisational account on GitHub, an open-source, collaborative software development environment. The software gives awards or badges to users and operates as a standalone application or can be integrated with other Web-based applications to increase learning, processing and output.
"Government game development efforts are exponentially on the rise today. The current generation of professionals is discovering the collaborative learning power of using games in standard business practices, and the newer generation is already familiar with how these new technologies are powerful learning tools,” said Robert Cardillo, Director, NGA.
According to Ray Bauer, an NGA information technology innovation lead, NGA’s gamification software also provides a customisable Web interface for displaying badges and a configurable rules engine that translates actions performed by users into awards. NGA launched its GitHub account in April 2014 and has released eight open source software packages on the platform, including GeoQ, an open-source geographic tasking system that allows teams to collect geographic structured observations across a large area, but manage the work in smaller geographic regions.