The government has launched a crowdsourcing review of elements of public sector IT with an online survey to determine which open standards should be supported in its IT systems.
The move follows the recent publication of a policy note defining what government means by "open standards". The policy note will in effect comprise a mandate for IT procurement.
"Government must be better connected to the people it serves and partners who can work with it - especially small businesses, voluntary and community organisations. Government ICT must play a fundamental role in making life easier and I want to ensure that it does," said Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.
"One of our first goals is to organise government data and systems using an agreed set of standards that make our ICT more open, cheaper and better connected."
The results from the survey will be reviewed by the Chief Technology Officers Council. The council's conclusions will be published on the Cabinet Office website in the autumn.
There are a total of 120 questions but it is optional which fields are completed. Questions cover standards in areas such as e-commerce, web services, interconnectivity, smartcards, data integration and content management, listing various different standards and asking participants to rate which are the most important.