Open Source: Start looking

Filed under: Standards — lenand @ 12:20 pm
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Decades after successful use of open source by industry giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple, surely it is sufficient evidence to convince ICT managers that it should always be assessed.  Even the most conservative Home Office is claiming benefits in £millions.

Cash strapped local government and voluntary sector agencies must start looking for savings by retiring legacy proprietary systems and moving to open source and open standards.  Open Source and Open Standards are not the same thing, but they are often conflated – and sometimes with Open Data.  The key things to remember are:

  • Open Source is free computer source code that is reusable and improvable.  Most users do not change the source code.
  • Open Standards are the result of agreements of interested parties and encourage interoperability between systems.  Businesses should specify open standards in procurements, even for proprietary software.
  • Open data is free to use, and should be defined as complying to an Open Standard.  It can be processed by Open Source or proprietary software.

Prepare for the evolution.  Read all about the Open Source Summit on May 30th 2012.

1 Comment »

  1. Great post Leonard. I think you’ve delivered a very clear message in a very short post. Open source/standards/data is often considered one and the same, and often not specified in procurement requirements. We have spent considerable effort introducing this into Devon County Council’s software procurement processes in the last year and this is beginning to yield good results.

    Comment by Stian Sigvartsen — 31/05/2012 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

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