Sambruk, the eGovernment services development project involving 85 of Sweden’s 290 municipalities, will increasingly focus on open source solutions. At a meeting last week, the Sambruk board decided to prefer ICT solutions that facilitate sharing and reuse, and that make it easy for other public services to contribute to their development.
Sambruk (Municipalities for Joint Development of e-Services), which brings together municipalities from all over Sweden, will base its strategy on a proposal that is to be prepared by one of its board members, Göran Westerlund, CDO of the municipality of Alingsås.
The muncipality is also a member of Kivos (‘Kommunsamverkan i Väst för Open Source’, Local Collaboration in the West for Open Source). Within Kivos, 10 municipalities in western Sweden pool resources to develop open-source-based ICT solutions.
“Sambruk wants its new strategy to focus on the advantages of sharing ICT solutions by using open source,” says Westerlund. He will prepare the proposal for the Sambruk IT strategy together with Professor Björn Lundell from the University of Skövde, digitalisation strategist Jari Korponen from the town of Sundsvall, and business developer Lars Flintberg from the municipality of Sandviken.
In Kivos, all ICT solutions are open source, says Westerlund. He estimates that at Sambruk some 60% of IT projects already involve open source, and the new strategy will increase that percentage.
Sambruk wants to build open and interoperable ICT solutions for the country’s municipalities, Westerlund wrote in a blog post on LinkedIn, a business-oriented social network: “Stay tuned, the first results should be visible in just a few months.”
The Sambruk board meeting took place in the headquarters of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL).