Aussie Govts don’t know how to buy open source
Aug 24, 2010, 18:35 (2 Talkback[s])
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"For the last ten years, web-based communities have
achieved significant advancement in productivity by using
collaborative work practices, such as open source software, open
standards, and organic data sharing.
"Open source offers a diverse range of applications which are
robust, feature-rich and compliant with current standards. Indeed,
the government has publicly recognised its benefits for years. For
example, the 2005 release of the Guide to Open Source Software for
Australian Government Agencies notes that "[Open Source] has the
potential to lead to significant savings in Government."
"Despite the potential benefits, however, government uptake of
open source is surprisingly low. Why? Because government purchasing
practices inadvertently hinder the procurement of open source.
Government purchasing guidelines favour business models that build
closed systems and apply lock-in tactics over the sharing and
collaborative business practices used by open source