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The Age: Group Urges Aust Governments to Adopt Open Standards

Jul 11, 2003, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

"Open Source Victoria has urged the Australian Federal and State governments to mandate the use of open, documented and inter-operable file formats and data communication protocols, rather than those provided by specific products or suppliers.

"OSV, an industry cluster focused on Free and Open Source Software, said this was the most appropriate manner in which to encourage competition and promote interoperability in the domestic IT industry.

"'Recently some governments, both within Australia and abroad, have been looking at legislation that promotes the use of open source software,' OSV member Rodd Clarkson said, noting that over 500 German government agencies had adopted Open Source Software recently..."

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