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Open Standards & Open Source


November 22, 2012  3:08 PM

Portugal’s prescribed open standards – full list

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Open Standards & Open Source

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November 5, 2012  3:54 PM

UK insists open standards order will apply to COTS

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Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement, standardization of Government IT

The UK government has insisted its open standards order will require proprietary commercial software suppliers use open standards in all government systems, despite the edict not actually saying anything about commercial software, and even appearing to exclude it.

If UK


November 2, 2012  4:55 PM

UK goes royalty-free… but not for COTS

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standardization of Government IT, standards

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October 26, 2012  12:28 PM

UK open standards and the proprietary ecosystem

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standards

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October 2, 2012  7:00 AM

MPs get in a funk over open source

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, project failures


September 28, 2012  5:10 PM

NHS gives up rights over patient software

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NPfIT, Open Standards & Open Source

The Department for Health has given up rights over software delivered under the National Programme for IT.

It secured ownership of the NHS programme's intellectual property in 2003 as contractual insurance against the project going wrong. Now the project has gone wrong, it no longer has...


June 1, 2012  1:22 PM

Open standards? You’ll know one when you see one, says Microsoft

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Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standards, transparency and accountability

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May 3, 2012  8:12 PM

Software industry reclaims open standards debate

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement, standards

Software heavyweights filled the first meeting of the UK's extended public consultation on open standards last Friday, closing down telecoms patent advocates whose arguments had threatened to derail government policy.

Deputy government CIO Liam Maxwell had the night before


April 26, 2012  1:34 PM

FOI shows bureaucratic bungle behind open standards u-turn

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standards, transparency and accountability

Standards institutions persisted in their opposition to the UK's open standards policy after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude reassured them their fears about it were unfounded, according to letters released to Computer Weekly under Freedom of Information.

The revelation raises...


April 24, 2012  4:49 PM

Labour IT mandarins make comeback bid for global transformation

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standardization of Government IT, standards, transparency and accountability

The last Labour government's "Transformational Government" project has been rebirthed in California as a plan for world-wide reform of seismic proportions.

Four leading emissaries of the initiative teamed up in London this month to argue against the UK's open standards policy and have...


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