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The Netherlands in Open Connection: An action plan for the use of Open Standards and Open Source Software in the public and semi-public sector

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The Netherlands in Open Connection: An action plan for the use of Open Standards and Open Source Software in the public and semi-public sector
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Country

Netherlands

Organisation

Ministry of Economic Affairs - Netherlands

Short Description

The Lower Chamber and the Cabinet agreed during the general meeting on 21 march 2007 to accelerate the use of open source software and open standards within the public and semi-public sector. The practice built up over the years with a range of working provisions in a complex and system-dependent ICT infrastructure must be modified to make migration to open solutions possible and more automatic. Both a high degree of persuasion and change of behavior will be necessary to break through the growing practice of “relative independence” on the introduction of open standards and open source software. The Cabinet sees this action plan as a new step by Central Government to take tighter control of this point.

The objectives of this action plan are applicable to the national government, subsidiary government bodies and the public and semi-public sector. These objectives include:

I) increase in interoperability between and with the different building blocks and forms of service provision of eGovernment by accelerating the use of open standards; II) reduction in dependence on suppliers in the use of ICT through faster introduction of open standards and open source software; III) promotion of a level playing field in the software market and promotion of innovation and the economy by forceful stimulation of the use of open source software and by giving preference in contracts to open source software if equally suitable.

 

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The Action Plan:

https://www.ictu.nl/archief/noiv.nl/service/english/index.html