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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.
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The ODF alliance (http://www.odfalliance.org ) recently applauded Brazil's decision to recommend ODF as the government's preferred format (e-Ping Interoperability Framework version 2.0); India's decision to use ODF at a major state government agency; Italy's decision to recognize ODF as a national standard (www.uninfo.polito.it/SC34/SC34_Norme.htm#26300 ), and Poland for demonstrating serious interest in adopting ODF in the wake of a national meeting held for its government with broad participants from industry and non-profit agencies (http://www.odfalliance.org/press/Release20061128.pdf ). So here is the global 2006 tally of public policy supporting ODF and other important information:
1. Seven National governments:
- Brazil, France, Germany have released Interoperability Frameworks calling out ODF
- Belgium, Croatia, and Norway recognize ODF/open standards in Fedral Government ICT guidance or policy papers
- Denmark made a parlimentary decision on the need for open standards in digital exchanges
2. Two country national standard bodies
- Italy approved ODF as a National Standard
- Malaysia is in the process to do likewise
3. Four State Governments:
- Massachusetts, USA has reiterated its commitment to implement ODF
- Extremadura, Spain has agreed to use ODF for document exchange
- Hong Kong, China recognizes ODF in its interoperability framework
- Minnesota, USA submitted a bill (although not approved) supporting open standards and ODF
4. Four governments have sponsored ODF focused events:
- India, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand
More information on these policy actions can be found http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/GlobalViewODFPolicy.pdf .
5. In addition to policy decisions, nearly 50 federal agencies and state/local bodies across the globe are using office applications that support ODF. See http://opendocumentfellowship.org/government/precedent .
6. Cost saving case studies on significant savings achieved by governments moving to ODF supported applications have been summarized and shared by the Alliance at http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/PrelimCostAssess20061109.pdf .
7. While Ecma confirmed Microsoft's open xml as a standard and plans to submit it to ISO, read this factsheet http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/OfficeOpenXMLFactSheet.pdf ..[Read More]
Belgian Government adopts ODF (Open Document Format), France and Denmark are considering similar moves
According to ZDNet news,"In a blow to Microsoft, Belgium's government departments will be instructed to use an open file format for internal communications . ODF is to be the standard format for exchanging documents within the Belgian government. This proposal, which was approved by Belgium's Council of Ministers on Friday, increases the pressure from governments worldwide on Microsoft to embrace open standards."
Dominique Deckmyn, ZDNet: Belgian government chooses OpenDocument , June 23, 2006, 11:40 BST,Read More]