"BECTA (British Education Communication Technology Agency), is
the UK agency in charge of defining IT policy for all schools in
the United Kingdom. Among other things, they define standards for
infrastructure for all the schools in the country.
"BECTA's research into the Total Cost of Ownership of IT in
schools showed significant savings by the early adopters of open
"Since then, BECTA has taken a much greater corporate interest
in open source and open standards issues. While the organisation
will probably claim to have always supported open standards for
interoperability the profile and emphasis on these issues has
certainly never been higher..."
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