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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.

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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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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...


April 13, 2012  4:50 PM

Proprietary lobby triumphs in first open standards showdown

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

Software patent heavyweights piled into the first public meeting of the Cabinet Office consultation on open standards on 4 April, conquering the meeting ballot with a resounding call to scrap the government's policy on open standards.

Open source and open standards campaigners...


March 23, 2012  1:35 PM

“What’s an open standard?” says ISO

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

The International Standards Organisation has admitted it doesn't know what an open standard is, despite trying to have the UK's open standards policy quashed.

The situation has left ISO and its franchise partners, such as the UK's British Standards Institution, looking a lot less...


December 22, 2011  9:19 AM

Open standards rift tears UK policy to shreds

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

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November 8, 2011  8:53 PM

CSC bags phone support for cyber warriors

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Government IT, IT and security, Outsourcing, Procurement, standardization of Government IT

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October 26, 2011  12:57 PM

Open standards: UK dithers over royalty question

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

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September 22, 2011  2:19 PM

DoH deploys flimflam in battle for hearts and minds

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Electronic Care Records, Government IT, NPfIT, Open Standards & Open Source, spin, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

The Department of Health dramatically announced a non-story today, pausing from its negotiations with disfavoured ICT suppliers to publicly condemn - again - the computer systems they supplied under the National Programme for IT.

The department


September 20, 2011  11:46 AM

How FiRe Control burned £494m hole in public finances

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Government IT, Procurement, project failures, Project management, standardization of Government IT

MPs published yet another account of bodge and splurge in government IT today. It was a familiar story. But one that for once had lessons for the coalition government.

The topic of today's autopsy was the stinking carcass left from the last government's IT-led reform of Fire and Rescue...


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