Italian proponents of the use of free and open source software by public administrations are protesting a decision by the town of Pesaro to switch from using OpenOffice to a proprietary cloud-based office solution. They say the city has garbled the cost calculations and omitted a required software assessment study.
Though the United States has made profound progress in making Internet access universally available, a new digital divide has emerged that defies conventional solutions.
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The council of the Swiss capital of Bern on 12 November ordered the IT department to end its dependence on proprietary software. The council halved the city's request for a six-year licence contract, and insisted on an exit plan. A majority of councillors wants the city to replace proprietary software by open source solutions, such as Linux and LibreOffice.
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The administration of the Spanish autonomous region of Valencia has completed its switch to LibreOffice, a free and open source suite of office productivity applications. Last week Friday the region's ICT department announced that the office suite is installed on all of the 120,000 desktop PCs of the administration, including schools and courts. The migration will save the government some 1.5 million euro per year on proprietary software licences.
Building open ICT systems by making better use of standards in public procurement will improve and prevent the lock-in issue.
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The discussion in the working group that is supposed to detail when Italy's public administrations should prefer open source over proprietary solutions, is stalling, says lawyer Ernesto Belisario, professor at University of Basilicata in the city of Potenza. "Some of the members think the law stipulates a technical and economical assessment, instead of reading it as a statement supporting open source.
The government of Spain's autonomous region of Extremadura has begun the switch to open source of it desktop PCs. The government expects the majority of its 40,000 PCs to be migrated this year, the region's CIO Theodomir Cayetano announced on 18 April. Extremadura estimates that the move to open source will help save 30 million euro per year.
Survey shows most public servants know open data is important, but 78% don't understand the benefits of the government initiative, reports Helen Crane
In March 2012 I reported in a post entitled "Open by design" a paper by Harlan Yu and David Robinson entitled "The New Ambiguity of Open Government". A discussion of the paper has now appeared on the World Bank blog by Anupama Dokeniya entitled "Opening Government Data. But Why?" [A thank you to Jacques Raybaut at
From Andrés Guadamuz: Just when I am feeling like some people in the copyright industry are getting their act together, there are news that make me rethink my patient and measured approach to the issue of global intellectual property. The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has submitted this year's Special 301 recommendation list to the... Continue reading ...
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