Public Sector IT:

November, 2010


November 30, 2010  5:13 PM

EC slapped over open source contract

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Government IT, IT legal developments, legal actions, Project management, transparency and accountability

The European Commission has been scolded for wrongdoing over a quasi-open source software system.

The European Ombudsman reprimanded the Commission after buying the system without holding a public competition.

The reprimand raises...

November 25, 2010  5:31 PM

DirectGov spunks £200m

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Government IT, politics, project failures, Sir Humphrey, social inclusion, spin, £6bn Tory savings

Has DirectGov really spent £200m producing websites, Jerry Fishenden, LSE fop, former Microsoft suit, and general man about town, asked last year.

Since Fishenden had asked the question via Twitter of Sir Bonar-Neville Kingdom, the ostensible Data Sharing Czar...


November 22, 2010  2:50 PM

EU keeps schtum on Microsoft prices

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Government IT, transparency and accountability

The reason Microsoft's EU numbers don't add up is that the EC has spent only half the total amount it had alloted under its €49m contract for desktop software.

When on signing the...


November 17, 2010  3:34 PM

Open data sop or not

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Data sharing, freedom of information, Government IT, local government, politics, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability, £6bn Tory savings

If all public information is public and anyone can do what they like with it then...

"You don't need us," concluded one local authority executive at Socitm's 2010 conference in Brighton last month.

Is the public sector really sowing the seeds of its own demise with the...


November 11, 2010  10:28 AM

Microsoft EU numbers don’t add up

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Government IT, politics, transparency and accountability

Update 22/11/10: The reason why the Microsoft EU numbers don't add up is spelt out here. It appears the EC numbers were calculated over the full four year term of the...


November 5, 2010  1:09 PM

Procurement perversities stifle Bristol’s IT

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Government IT, IT legal developments, local government, politics

Thought you'd heard all the obstacles preventing Bristol City Council implementing an IT strategy based on open source and open standards? Now you can hear about one more.

To recap: big software companies use proprietary standards to


November 1, 2010  9:20 PM

Papers please!

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Data sharing, database state, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, politics, privacy, £6bn Tory savings

The House of Lords has been scrapping Identity Cards this last fortnight. Sort of.

It's not simply a matter of "scrap the ID scheme", as the coalition government promised. It's like one of those...


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