The government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has not yet decided if it will make available as open source a new to build system for reminding citizens of administrative tasks by email or phone text message. A call for tender was published in May. The government welcomes either open source or proprietary software solutions.
Regardless the type of solution selected, the software source code for the system will be owned by the government, says Rozalinda Stojova, head of unit at Macedonia's Ministry of Information Society, which organises the tender. She can't say if this means that the solution or modules will be shared as open source. "I have no official knowledge about sharing of this code."
The ministry has budgeted 50 000 euros for the project, which should be up and running within six months.
The system will in its first stage involve five public institutes: the Ministry of Economy, the Registers Office, the Agency for State Roads, the Employment Agency and the Agency for Financial Support of Agriculture and Rural Development. These organisations will use the system to remind citizens of administrative tasks, explains the ministry in a statement published on 16 May.
The system can be used to remind citizens that they need to declare a birth, or that their marriage act is ready. It could also inform foreigners about work permits, send reminders about the precise road side locations where billboards are allowed and alert users about the requirements for farm subsidies.
Citizens that want to use this alert system, will have to register on a web site, or write to each of the institutions separately. The web registration procedure involves entering basic data for identification, a user name and a password and the email address or the mobile phone number that is to be used for the service.
According to Mrs Stojova the technical specification explicitly does not mention brands or vendors. "We describe functionalities and required features. That way the products that will be delivered, particularly software solutions, could be based on open source as well as developed using proprietary software."
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