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WEBINAR - Avoiding lock-in when building open ICT systems: How to make better use of standards in public procurement?

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Björn Lundell

Tuesday 9 September 2014 (14:30-15:30) CET


Through this brief webinar Björn Lundell will share with the audience insights on how to use standards in public procurement and how to avoid lock-in when building open ICT systems. The presentation will also elaborate on good practice and bad practice examples about ICT procurement.

If you are a public procurer, a representative of a sector-organisation, a researcher on similar topics, or if you are simply interested in the topic of using open standards in ICT public procurement, join the chat with Professor Lundell, in order to discover how open standards could help avoid lock-in situations.


Professor Björn Lundell from University of Skövde - Sweden, has been researching the Open Standards phenomenon -particularly in public procurement-, for a number of years. He is one of the few academics in Europe that have tackled the analysis of benefits of using standards in public procurement of ICT.

Among his experiences, ranging from Open Standards, all the way to Open Source, Dr. Lundell co-lead a work package in the EU FP6 CALIBRE project (2004-2006) and was the technical manager in the industrial (ITEA) research project COSI (2005-2008), involving analysis of the adoption of Open Source practices within companies. He was also the project leader for the Open Source Action (OSA)-project (2008-2010), and the project leader for a Nordic (NordForsk) OSS Researchers Network (2009-2012). He is currently the project leader for the ORIOS project (2012-2015), an industrially focused collaborative project funded by the Knowledge foundation. His research work is reported in over 100 publications in a variety of international journals and conferences. He is a founding member of the IFIP Working Group 2.13 on Open Source Software, and the founding chair of Open Source Sweden, an industry association established by Swedish Open Source companies.


Some of his most relevant recent publications on standards and ICT procurement include:

1 - Gamalielsson, J. and Lundell, B. (2013) Experiences from implementing PDF in open source: challenges and opportunities for standardisation processes, In Jakobs, K. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 8th IEEE Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT 2013), ISBN 3-86130-802-9, IEEE, Piscataway, pp. 39-49.

2 - Lundell, B. (2012) Why do we need Open Standards?, In Orviska, M. and Jakobs, K. (Eds.) Proceedings 17th EURAS Annual Standardisation, Conference “Standards and Innovation”, The EURAS Board Series, Aachen, ISBN: 978-3-86130-337-4, pp. 227-240.

3 - Lundell, B. (2011) e-Governance in public sector ICT procurement: what is shaping practice in Sweden?, European Journal of ePractice, 12(6),


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ICT Procurement
Posted by Ict Procurement on September 18, 2014 at 11:05

Dear Pierre-Antoine,

Thank you very much for bringing to our attention the Open Contracting project and its principles. It sounds very interesting and we will surely take a deeper look into it.


Kind regards,

Open ICT Procurement. 

Ferron Pierre-Antoine
Posted by Ferron Pierre-Antoine on September 16, 2014 at 15:12

Interesting and useful information.


However, avoiding lock-in supposes also a transparent process (see : Open Contracting Principles) wich gives additionnal benefits:

  • better market competition (better value for the money)
  • reducing the adverse effects of lobbying...

Thus, avoiding lock-in is not only centered on formats, but also on government procurement processes.

ICT Procurement
Posted by Ict Procurement on September 16, 2014 at 15:03

Thank you very much for your question Bart. Unfortunately, the webinar has not been recorded but, as you might see on the webinar webpage, we just uploaded the webinar materials: Slides + Summary.

Open ICT Procurement

Bart Decruyenaere
Posted by Bart Decruyenaere on September 10, 2014 at 9:01

Has this webinar been recorded and is it possible to view it?