FCW Insider

Blog archive

FCW Insider: U.K. gets serious about open source

Here’s a point of interest for federal agencies still mulling the role of open-source software.

The U.K., which first adopted a formal policy encouraging the use of open source back in 2004, has updated its policy and developed an action plan for encouraging even broader adoption by government agencies.

The new policy makes clear that open-source software-based solutions, where appropriate, will have an edge in procurements: "Where there is no significant overall cost difference between open and non-open source products, open source will be selected on the basis of its additional inherent flexibility."

As part of the new policy, the government plans to develop contract language that ensures that systems developed for one agency are available for reuse by other agencies.

The U.K.'s CIO Council also is clearing away some red tape, directing agencies not to evaluate open-source solutions already approved by another agency. The council has asked all agencies to maintain and share the records of their evaluations.

An added point of interest: The U.K. has created a public page for the action plan, providing links to blog posts, news stories and tweets about the government, open source and open standards. Check it out here.

Posted by John Stein Monroe on Mar 02, 2009 at 12:14 PM


Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.