This document proposes common "standard" clauses for contracts, which public administrations could use when procuring services. Clauses could be useful and are developed both for contracts related to the :
- development of new IT tools that may be re-used and/or shared later,
- re-use of already available IT tools possibly through customization.
After an introduction to its context and goals in Section 1, the document presents in Section 2 an introduction to sharing and re-use of public software. Section 3 presents standard clauses for sharing and reuse meeting the following distribution requirements:
- The right to redistribute its own software (when written by or exclusively for the authority)
- Reusing third parties’ IPR assets (integrating “received” open source software in the public authority solution)
- Reusing and distributing the documentation (and other “non-software” knowledge elements)
- “No Vendor Lock-in” clause: how to stay free to adopt a new solution and to contract with another provider.
This document is produced in the scope of ISA Action 4.2.5. “Sharing and re-use Strategy”. The aim of this ISA action is to develop a holistic approach to sharing and reuse across border and sectors with a view to helping public administrations all over Europe to share and reuse solutions related to public services delivery in an efficient and effective way.
Nature of documentation: Independent reports and studies