Open Standards Principles: For software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT specifications

Published on: 16/01/2018


United Kingdom


HM Government, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General - UK

Short Description

The publication of the Open Standards Principles is a fundamental step towards achieving a level playing field for open source and proprietary software and breaking our IT into smaller, more manageable components.

These standards enable software to interoperate through open protocols and allow the exchange of data between data stores and software through open data and document formats. Standards for internal processing within hardware (including telecommunications hardware), which are not relevant to external interfaces, are out of scope.

This document describes principles for the selection and specification of open standards which can be implemented in both open source and proprietary software.

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