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[News] European Governments Make Moves That Can Encourage Free Software Procurement

  • Subject: [News] European Governments Make Moves That Can Encourage Free Software Procurement
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 03 May 2010 14:58:59 +0100
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Election special: Tories shed light on tech plans

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| The Tories promise to open up the Â200bn 
| government procurement market to small and 
| open-source companies, partly by breaking up 
| large ICT projects into smaller components.


Barriers to London's open source adoption

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| When the Greater London Authority, a city-
| wide body, started to look at free and open 
| source software they had little to learn 
| from other levels of British government. The 
| pace of adoption has been glacial in the UK, 
| despite recent interest in open data. Having 
| rolled out cost-saving open source 
| technology for some back-office systems and 
| web sites, the GLA has found that 
| partnership across the wider public sector 
| introduces the biggest barriers. The need 
| for government bodies to interface with each 
| other has held back the aspirations of the 
| UK's open source action plan. 


Impact of the Spanish Royal Decree 4/2010 of 8 January 2010 

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| On 8 January 2010, Spain has adopted the 
| Royal Decree 4/2010 which implements the 
| National Interoperability Framework planned 
| in the eGovernment Law 11/2007. The 
| framework has been developed with the 
| participation of all Public Administrations 
| (General State, Regional and Local 
| governments - represented by one hundred 
| experts) and of the ICT Industry 
| professional associations. The Decree 
| includes important provisions, especially 
| Articles 16 and 17 related to the reuse of 
| Public Sector software, the applicable 
| licensing condition and the use of software 
| repositories or forges.


Web symposium tackles local government issues

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| Open source advocate Nat Torkington and 
| Rugby World Cup 2011 marketing and 
| communications manager Shane Harmon are 
| among the speakers at the fifth annual ALGIM 
| (Association of Local Government Information 
| Management) Web Symposium in Wellington 
| early next month.

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