"Public sector procurement is becoming a real battleground for open source in Europe. There have been few successes, but lots of groundwork has been laid in the form of interoperability frameworks and suchlike - despite fierce rearguard actions by old-school software companies naturally alarmed about losing their cosy monopolies.
"One positive move was the creation of the Open Source Observatory and Repository (OSOR), "a platform for exchanging information, experiences and FLOSS-based code for use in public administrations." The next step is to help people actually obtain the stuff, and one way to do that is to offer some guidelines for open source procurement. That's something provided by the final version of the "Guideline on public procurement of Open Source Software", which has been put together by the well-known researcher Rishab Aiyer Ghosh on behalf of the EU's IDABC Programme:"
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