National eGov Board & Standardisation Forum
In the 2007 the Dutch Government has launched an action-plan on use of Open Standards. In short, the main goals of the Dutch Policy are to be interoperable and prevent vendor lock-in.
Part of that is the creation a “Comply or Explain” policy.
In detail, the Dutch National Catalogue of ICT Standards collected two lists:
i) “Comply or Explain” Standards, that are a Mandatory Standards and it is composed by 38 standards.
ii) List of recommended open standards. At the moment they have a list of 52 standards, mostly IETF, W3C and OASIS standards.
The best known of them is the ‘Comply or Explain’ list of open standards. The standards in this list must be implemented. If they are not, an explanation must be provided as to why.
Nevertheless, Public Administration and Semi-public administration have to use the "Comply or Explain" list, when they make IT investment above € 50.000 and also if the tender has both the functional and the organizational scope.
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