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The Register: EU Calls for Open Source E-government

Jul 08, 2002, 17:30 (9 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to AC for this link. ]

"A report published by the European Commission is encouraging EU governments to share open source software resources as a way to cut down on e-government costs.

"According to the study, 'Pooling Open Source Software', which was financed by the Commission's Interchange of Data between Administrations (IDA) programme, a kind of software clearing house should be created in Europe in which various administrations could 'donate' software for re-use. What's more, the Commission said that such a facility, which would concentrate on applications specific to the needs of the public sector, would also encourage different governments and administrations to re-create already successful e-government services.

"With the cost of e-government soaring in Europe, estimated to increase by 28 percent to EUR6.6 billion this year, sharing software could help save money as well, the report said. Taking into account the cost that would be involved in localisation, the Commission said 'sharing these e-government tools could lead to across-the-board improvements in efficiency of the European public sector...'"

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"Pooling Open Source Software" (147-pg, 3103-Kb, English, PDF document)

"Pooling Open Source Software Annexes" (51-pg, English PDF document)

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