The OSOR agency has published a study that should make it easier for public administrations in Europe to make decisions regarding open source software procurement.
on 04/27/2010 – Made popular on 04/27/2010
The Portuguese government agency for public procurement has published a list of open source applications it deems suitable for use by public administrations.
The selected open source applications are now part of the official software catalogue published by Portugal’s procurement authority, the Agência Nacional de Compras Públicas, ANCP.
OSOR reports that the attitude towards open source is changing in public administrations: "Public administrations are improving their opinion on open source, finds Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes.
Computerworld UK: "Public sector procurement is becoming a real battleground for open source in Europe. There have been few successes, but lots of groundwork has been laid in the form of interoperability frameworks and suchlike..."
In December, the Italian government issued final rules implementing a change to procurement law that now requires all public administrations in the country to first consider re-used or free software before committing to proprietary licenses.
Applying the European Commission's 'Guide for the procurement of standards-based ICT' will not be enough for public administrations to get rid of IT vendor lock-in, says Jutta Kreyss, IT-architect for the German city of Munich. "Standards alone are insufficient for any non-simple IT project.
The OSOR is a platform where public administrations can exchange information and experiences and collaborate in developing free and open source software. The platform has managed to bring together more than '000 such open source software applications in just sixteen months after its launch.The most ...
British organization Public-i has made its ePetitions software publicly available under European Public License (EUPL) on the Forge page of the Open Source Observatory and Repository Europe (OSOR) information service.
The on-going debate regarding the use of free and open source software in the Italian Public Administration (PA) seems to be coming to a satisfactory conclusion. Italian public administrations are now obliged to give priority to free and open source software. This preference, however, cannot be given without a "comparative assessment".