Open Source Tour of Europe: [Croatia and The Netherlands]
Jun 25, 2008, 10:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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Open Source Tour of Europe: Croatia
"When it comes to open source adoption, Croatia is also building
for the future based on a policy designed to limit its reliance on
software vendors and boost the local IT industry.
"Croatia's functionally-titled Open Source Software Policy was
adopted in July 2006 and published along with guidelines for
developing and using open source software in the government
Open Source Tour of Europe: The Netherlands
"In 2003 the Dutch parliament adopted a plan that would see open
standards used exclusively from 2006 and called for the government
to promote open source software in the public sector. Adoption of
open standards was not approved until 2007 (see below) but the
OSOSS (open source as a part of the software strategy) program was
created to help stimulate the use of open standards and provide
information on open source software.
"Among the initiatives have been a prize for the most practical
and innovative use of open source software and open standards in
the public sector (won by the Union of Water Boards and the Board
for Zeeland-Flanders in 2004 and the municipality of Den Haag in
2005) and an open source repository for the public sector..."