Cabinet Office asks public for open standards definition

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Cabinet Office asks public for open standards definition

Kathleen Hall

The Cabinet Office is launching a consultation to provide a definition of open standards.

The consultation, Open Standards: Open opportunities flexibility and efficiency in government IT, will be open to the public and focus on standards for software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT.

Its release follows Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude’s recent visited to the US, when he visited open source-based companies such as Hadoop, NoSQL and PayPal.  

“The government’s ICT strategy is delivering savings across the board and will make sure we have an IT system fit for the 21st Century," he said.

“Open standards for software and systems will reduce costs and enable us to provide better public services. We want to get this right; so we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their say on this matter,” said Maude.

Liam Maxwell, director for ICT Futures in the Cabinet Office, said: “It’s vitally important we get as much feedback from the IT community as possible. There’s a lot of strong opinion on this subject, so I’m urging people to take this opportunity and let us know what they think.”

The consultation will run for 12 weeks and follows a survey on open source sent to departments last year.


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