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Swedish government procurement specialists have updated the list of IT standards that can be made mandatory requirements when procuring software and related services. Technical specifications not on the list can only be used as evaluation criteria.

The 'Open IT standards’ list includes only those standards that fit the open standard definition in the European Interoperability Framework (version 1.0). The Swedish National Procurement Services (Statens inköpscentral, NPS) asked the University of Skövde to check which IT standards meet the definition’s requirements.

An English translation of the document was published today.

To make it to the NPS list, IT standards must be developed openly and publicly. The standard must not constrain reuse of the standard, and intellectual property (patents) should be made freely available. “The list will make it easier for Swedish public administrations to battle lock-in effects when they publish calls for tenders involving software and software services”, says Daniel Melin, a procurement specialist at the NPS.

List almost tripled

This is the last revision of the Open IT standards list. The list, with its initial 16 standards, was first compiled last summer by the NPS and the university’s researchers, Björn Lundell and Jonas Gamalielsson. Their work incorporates similar research carried out in other countries, including the Netherlands and the UK. Both these EU member states promote the use of open IT standards. The researchers have since then concluded their review of another 30 IT specifications.

The 46 IT specifications on the list:

CSV vCard
DNS ASN
FTP ISO Country Codes
HTTP ISO Currency Codes
HTTPS ISA Dates and Times
iCalendar PDF
IP PNG
IPP SQL
IPv4 OAI
IPv6 Genericode
LDAP ODF
MIME Unicode
NNTP CSS
NTP HTML
POP3 HTML5
SMTP Organization
SNMP RDF
TCP RDFa
UDP SVG
URI WS
URL WSDL
URN XML
UTF XSLT

 

The authorisation of open ICT standards is one of the preparations done by Statens inköpscentral. Last year, they published new framework agreements for software and ICT services (Kontorsstöd, Grundläggande it, Systemutveckling and Informationsförsörjning), which includes the Open IT Standards list. The framework agreements also include pre-approved service providers. With all of the groundwork done by Statens inköpscentral, such frameworks make it easier for the country’s public administrations to procure software solutions and find ICT support.

 

More information:

Announcement by Statens inköpscentral (in Swedish)
Open IT standards list (in Swedish)
Announcement by Statens inköpscentral (in English)
OSOR news item
Software and services framework agreements (in Swedish)