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Procurement, IT & Standards (PITS)

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The Digital Agenda Stakeholder Community on Procurement, IT & Standards (PITS), backed by individuals as well as the organizations APRIL, ECIS, ESOP, FSFE, OASIS, Openforum Europe and W3C, and with several governments as observers (still room for others to join) will present at the EU's Digital Assembly on 16-17 June 2011. We aim to be key contributors to Digital Agenda' s Action 23: Provide guidance on ICT standardisation and public procurement. We also aim to contribute to other EU actions on interoperability and standards, including implementing interoperability frameworks and European fora/consortia standards referencing, as well as the ongoing reform of the EU Public Procurement directives. Public authorities should make best use of the full range of relevant standards when procuring hardware, software and IT services, for example by selecting standards which can be implemented by all interested suppliers, allowing for more competition and reduced risk of lock-in. Detailed guidance is needed on how to analyse a technology buyers requirements to make best use of ICT standards in tender specifications, to help public procurers to properly refer to standards in their tender specifications. Members should post advice, analysis, news, opinions, and work towards a public presentation at the Digital Assembly in June 2011. Participation as an observer is also possible, and some governments choose this option. Sign up. Tell your friends. Promote standards. Change the IT procurement world.


(1) To enable governments and administrations across Europe to implement open procurement practises by practical support, education, web tools and outreach,

(2) Follow-up the Digital Agenda Stakeholder Day IT procurement initiative, ensuring the community creates a tangible deliverable for the workshop at the first Digital Agenda Assembly in June 2011,

(3) Contribute to the proposed Commission Communication on ICT standardisation and public procurement (part of the European Digital Agenda), and

(4) Contribute to the European Standardization Reform, particularly providing evidence of the importance of the EU allowing the referencing of standardization deliverables from consortia and fora, and

(5) Ensure National Interoperability Frameworks (NIPs) with screened standards catalogues tat satisfy openness criteria (such as those presented in the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) are actively used in procurement.