The Cabinet Office’s Open Standards Board has recommended the approval of the first open standards for government technology (view press release). The adoption of open standards will give government bodies access to a wider marketplace of innovative suppliers by encouraging a level playing field for open source and proprietary software providers. It will help the move away from restrictive long-term deals with a small number of suppliers.
The board’s recommendations were based on advice from specialist advisory panels and peer review.
Government Chief Technology Officer Liam Maxwell has accepted the board’s recommendations, adopting them as the first open standards for government.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said: “The adoption of the first open standards for government technology is a landmark. We have always said that open standards are vital for making our technology cheaper, more connected and better suited to providing public services that are digital by default and designed around what users need.
We owe it to hard-working taxpayers to build and procure the technology we need in the smartest and most cost-effective way possible. Open standards will give us interoperable software, information and data in government and will reduce costs by encouraging competition, avoiding lock-in to suppliers or products and providing more efficient services.”
The Open Standards Board includes experts from inside and outside government with proven experience in open standards development and implementation. Their expertise, combined with the Government’s own research and user feedback through the online Standards Hub, ensures that decisions are properly informed.
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