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So, more governments are recognizing the value of open standards and open source.
Looks like the Canadian government has come out with an RFI with priority for low cost/no cost open source software: http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/02/canadian-government-eyes-open-sources-asks-for-feedback.ars
"According to the RFI, Canada is exploring no-cost software options onthe desktop as well as the server, in categories that include operatingsystems, office suites, and automation systems."
"Respondents are asked to comment on the potential for hidden costs, howto evaluate and manage compliance with open source licenses, and howopen standards and interoperability should factor into thedecision-making process."
According to this article: http://www.osor.eu/news/hr-cautious-start-for-open-standards-in-new-e-government-policy
Croatia's governmenthas taken a cautious next step to ensure its electronic governmentservices will use open IT standards. Five of the ten principles ineffect describe open standards.
There are references to more governments in the same website: osor.eu
Meanwhile the Dutch government minister for Foreign Trade Frank Heemskerk said: "Open standards offer long term benefits, including interoperabilityand lower costs. At times a migration to such software can be tricky,but public administrations will be supported in these cases", theminister wrote in reply to questions regarding software procurement bythe city of Utrecht.
The Finnish governmentwants the country's public administrations to increase their use ofopen source and open standards. On Monday the government published apolicy document to help public bodies with procurement and deployment.
The French police, in the year 2008 alone deployed 5000 new workstations, allrunning on Ubuntu. Every new workstation will ship with the same setup.During 2009 the Gendarmerie is planning to migrate close to 15.000workstations in total.
Check this out about ODF adoption in the State of Kerala, India, draft IT Policy (www.itforum.kerala.gov.in)
"6.6 Technology: Standards are very important in the integration of e-governance services of various government organisations. Open standards like Unicode and Open Document Format and Open Architectures will be followed in e-governance projects to avoid total dependence on select vendors."
See press comments on this: Kerala's draft IT policy releasedhttp://www.hindu.com/2007/01/18/stories/2007011801800700.htm; `Aim is to make entire State an IT destination': http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/18/stories/2007011808910400.htm; Awareness programmes on copyright planned: http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/18/stories/2007011820060400.htm[Read More]
The department of management sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in association with NIC, conducted the first National Seminar on Open Document Format, on June 23rd. The event focused on the impact of ODF on India and the Indian governments. IBM, TCS, Red Hat, Novell and other members of India-ODF Alliance as well as institutions like IIT Bombay, CDAC, OSSRC, ICEG, ODFAlliance, and IIM Ahmedabad participated.
Inaugurating the seminar as its Chief Guest, Mr. R. Chandrashekhar – Additional Secretary, MCIT, Govt. of India, welcomed the initiative and emphasized the need to adopt open standards as well as ODF – specifically in national e-governance projects.
Some of the key presentations made at the National ODF Seminar included:
EFY News Network (India) National Seminar On Open Document Format, http://www.efytimes.com/fullnews.asp?edid=12519 Read More]