Government bodies must comply with Open Standards Principles

Open standards
Published on Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:26
Posted by Scott Buckler

From today all government bodies must comply with Open Standards Principles, an agreed set of standards to make our IT more open, cheaper and better connected, Minister for Cabinet Office, Francis Maude said today

The Open Standards Principles have been developed following the public consultation 'Open Standards: Open Opportunities – flexibility and efficiency in Government IT' which took place from February to June this year. The principles will help Government to deliver more innovative IT services and further drive savings and encourage more competition for government contracts.

There has been overwhelming support from the public and the IT community for setting an open standards policy for software interoperability, data and document formats:

nearly 70 per cent of respondents believe the principles would improve innovation, competition and choice in the provision of government services; andover 70 per cent agree that they would help improve value for money.

Francis Maude said:

We know that there are more real savings to be made in Government IT contracts – in the first half of this year, we have already saved £409 million on ICT services.

"Government must be better connected to the people it serves and partners who can work with it - especially small businesses, voluntary and community organisations. Having open information and software that can be used across government departments will result in lower licensing costs in government IT, and reduce the cost of lock-in to suppliers and products.

"It is only right that we are encouraging competition and creating a level playing field for all companies to ensure we are getting the best price for the taxpayer."

Source: ©Cabinet Office

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