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CIO Australia: Open Source and Open Standards

Oct 07, 2004, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In a recently published interview in the IT trade press, Victoria's new CTO, Tony Aitkenhead, made the claim that what governments needed to pursue in order to improve software value was open standards rather than open source software. Is this view correct? What benefits do each of these bring to government computing? How do they differ? Could governments in Australia benefit from open standards more than they would from open source? Should open standards be mandated for the procurement of computer software? Let's see if we can answer some of these questions..."

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