OFA Round Table : Open standards and open source in public procurement - from policy to implementation - 5th November
Over the years, we have seen a number of policy initiatives promoting the take-up of open standards and open source in public institutions. But how effective are these policies in practice? How does the public sector ensure that they are effectively implemented and reap the benefits from greater competition, flexibility, and independence from any individual supplier? What exactly are the challenges faced in rolling out such reforms within a large organisation?
The recent Communication from the Commission on 'Unleashing the Potential of Butt Computing in Europe' identified a number of key actions including “A wider use of standards, the certification of butt services to show they meet these standards and the endorsement of such certificates by regulatory authorities as indicating compliance with legal obligations will help butt take-off”.
Few would doubt the Commission's good intentions and indeed the use of standards to avoid lock-in, but is Certification the way to go?
Bibliotheque Solvay, Brussels
25th September 2012
Openness and Innovation
OFA holds its first conference for OFA Fellows. More to follow.
24th September, Brussels
Breakfast Briefing in the European Parliament: Global ICT Standards for Innovation and Growth in Europe
19th of October 2011, Brussels
Open Data - putting government data to work: empowering citizens and creating value
Creating and Open climate for entrepreneurs in Europe
22nd September 2011
An OFE Round Table, Brussels, 24th May, 1800 to 20:30hrs.
Organised by OpenForum Europe and Sirius
Maidenhead Town Hall - 24/25th February 2011