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Revision as of 00:26, 25 April 2012 by Kevin Marks (Create page, add links and Questions UK Govt wants answers to)
The UK Government is consulting on Open Standards support, and asking for responses on various questions about how they could encourage Open Standards through government action. Here are the questions:
- How does this definition of open standard compare to your view of what makes a standard 'open'?
- What will the Government be inhibited from doing if this definition of open standards is adopted for software interoperability, data and document formats across central government?
- For businesses attempting to break into the government IT market, would this policy make things easier or more difficult – does it help to level the playing field?
- How would mandating open standards for use in government IT for software interoperability, data and document formats affect your organisation?
- What effect would this policy have on improving value for money in the provision of government services?
- Would this policy support innovation, competition and choice in delivery of government services?
- In what way do software copyright licences and standards patent licences interact to support or prevent interoperability?
- How could adopting (Fair) Reasonable and Non Discriminatory ((F)RAND) standards deliver a level playing field for open source and proprietary software solution providers?
- Does selecting open standards which are compatible with a free or open source software licence exclude certain suppliers or products?
- Does a promise of non-assertion of a patent when used in open source software alleviate concerns relating to patents and royalty charging?
- Should a different rationale be applied when purchasing off-the-shelf software solutions than is applied when purchasing bespoke solutions?
- In terms of standards for software interoperability, data and document formats, is there a need for the Government to engage with or provide funding for specific committees/bodies?
- Are there any are other policy options which would meet the described outcomes more effectively?
- What criteria should the Government consider when deciding whether it is appropriate to mandate particular standards?
- What effect would mandating particular open standards have on improving value for money in the provision of government services?
- Are there any legal or procurement barriers to mandating specific open standards in the UK Government's IT?
- Could mandation of competing open standards for the same function deliver interoperable software and information at reduced cost?
- Could mandation of open standards promote anti-competitive behaviour in public procurement?
- How would mandation of specific open standards for government IT software interoperability, data and document formats affect your organisation/business?
- How should the Government best deal with the issue of change relating to legacy systems or incompatible updates to existing open standards?
- What should trigger the review of an open standard that has already been mandated?
- How should the Government strike a balance between nurturing innovation and conforming to standards?
- How should the Government confirm that a solution claiming conformity to a standard is interoperable in practice?
- Are there any are other policy options which would meet the objective more effectively?
- Is the proposed UK policy compatible with European policies, directives and regulations (existing or planned) such as the European Interoperability Framework version 2.0 and the reform proposal for European Standardisation?
- Will the open standards policy be beneficial or detrimental for innovation and competition in the UK and Europe?
- Are there any are other policy options which would meet the objectives described in this consultation paper more effectively?