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EURIM Open Source, Open Standards and
Inter-Operability Subgroup

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The objective is to address the issues raised by the stated commitment of HMG to use open standards in future procurements. The group also has a cross-cutting remit to advise on standards issues as they relate to other EURIM activities.

A first task is to produce basic guidance for politicians and advisors covering:

What: The definition of open source and open standards.

  • Introduce the key issues in defining open source and open standards.

  • Provide commentary comparing the alternatives to open source and open standards, eg vendor led specifications and proprietary licensing.

  • Provide a balanced perspective on the overall debate on these often contentious issues.

  • Outline the role of the formal national, European and international standards bodies (ISO, IEC and ITU).

  • Describe the pros and cons of international fora and consortia and lead examples (W3C, OASIS, IETF)

  • Outline the key Open Source organisations – OSI, FSF, FSFE.

  • Key examples - Linux, Apache.

Why: The Importance and Impact of Open Source and Open Standards

  • Describe the potential contribution of open source and open standards policies to key public priorities.

  • Improving digital inclusion.

  • Enhancing citizen choice.

  • Improving intra government and external collaboration, “joining up” public services.

  • Open government and public data.

  • Reducing costs and promoting competition.

  • Improved access to public sector procurement by SMEs.

  • Achieving modular public ICT projects.

  • Enhanced public innovation processes such as skunkworks and agile development.

  • Asset re-use.

How: The implementation of open source and open standards policies

  • Draw on commercial and international experience to support policy makers.

  • In particular to look at: Compliance and procurement, Legacy installations, Exemptions, Scope, Maintenance, Obstacles to change.


Previous Work on Open Source


Group Outputs

Jun 12 EURIM Response to the Government Consultation on Open Standards
Definition: https://docs.google.com/document/d/108lz50hRqJ-G_
Pf_ucvdzNNvEnawxq8tGRQC-TeUwbk/edit?authkey=
CI3qw4kF&hl=en_US&authkey=CI3qw4kF
Graphical form: https://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0ATn38
KjEIBGLZDJtZnh4cV8wdG04eHFrZjk&hl=en_US
Benefits: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VqbsUlmWrmo
741Uau8TfMpKQ1t9rY5IVe4yxKTOzYi8/edit?authkey=
COH9w1M&hl=en_US&authkey=COH9w1M
Implementation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ONdFl7pAG8_
TczdreY-q8cdtZ-LtpqNIBJhrLAG4QjA/edit?authkey
=CN_Bm64C&hl=en_US&authkey=CN_Bm64C


Forthcoming Meetings

Date Description
30 Mar 12  Teleconference Meeting on EURIM Response to Cabinet Office Consultation on Open Standards   
12 Apr 12  Teleconference Meeting on EURIM Response to Cabinet Office Consultation on Open Standards   


Recent Meetings and Papers

Date Subject Papers
14 Mar 12  Teleconference Meeting on EURIM Response to Cabinet Office Consultation on Open Standards   
07 Jul 11 Open Source / Standards Subgroup Meeting  
18 Apr 11 Inaugural planning meeting for the Open Source Procurement Subgroup  

 

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