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.
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...
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
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...
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...