1 Dutch programme on Open Standards and Open Source Software for governments Mark Bressers, programme manager OSOSS
3 Policy in the Netherlands Starting point: vote in parliament (2002) All governmental organisations should use open standards for communication and messaging - this is not (yet) mandatory Equal opportunities for open source software and closed source software - there is no duty to use open or free software
4 Programme OSOSS Competence centre on open standards (OS) and open source software (OSS) for governments Commissioned by ministry of Interior, ministry of Trade and Economics, ministry of Education Mission: stimulating use of open standards and informing on open source software , 1,5 million per year Separate programme ''OSS in education'' Part of the Dutch organisation for egovernment (ICTU)
5 What is open source software? if ((user= getspnam(login)) == NULL) printf("no such user\n"); else if (!strcmp(user->sp_pwdp, crypt(password, user->sp_pwdp)) else printf("password correct\n"); printf("password incorrect\n");
6 Open Standards
7 Drivers for governments using open source / open standards Vendor lock-in Interoperability / Flexibility Re-usability Quality: transparency, sustainability, safety Costs (?) Stimulating local/european software industry
8 Programme OSOSS 10 teammembers Competences: technical, legal, communication Budget 1,5 million a year ( ) Cooperation with specific marketorganisations/egov competence centers (health, eductation, SME's..) ''Train the trainers''
9 Tasks of competence centre 1. Creating awareness / knowledge dissemination
11 Tasks of competence centre 2. Guidelines and best practices Case studies Manuals: How to start? Yellow pages Legal advise (license manual, guideline liability, guideline procurement)! TCO-studies Software Exchange Portal Catalogue of open standards (www.canos.nl)
13 Tasks of competence centre 3. Just helping / Advise Anything that is needed: legal, technical, organisational..
14 Where are we now? Results survey OSOSS/MERIT/EC More than half of all public organisations use 'some' open source software A large minority wants extending use of open source software, but... Use of free software concentrates in backoffice - server, content management (MMBase), file-print services, databases Slow adoption on the desktop Governments mostly 'user', not 'distributor'
15 Projects National Agency on Watermanagement (Linux clusters) Gemeente IJsselstein (PHP Nuke CMS, Firewall, Webserver etc.) Waterboard Waterschap Zeeuws Vlaanderen (Linux, Squid, Samba, MySQL, Horde en veel meer) Gemeente Marum (several PinkRoccade Civision applications on MySql/MaxDB) Gemeente Amsterdam and many others (MMBase) Ministery of Interior: Election Software
16 Projects on desktop Gemeente Vlieland (30 desktops Staroffice) Gemeente Vaals (60 desktops Open Office) Gemeente Woerden (300 Linux thin clients) Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (150 Linux desktops) Gemeente Haarlem (1800 desktops Open Office)
17 Why OS&OSS in education More interoperability Digital sustainability Freedom of choice (platform independancy) Costs (?)
18 But more than ever... Open Source is about sharing knowledge We need those skills
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