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A Consortium for studying, evaluating, and supporting the introduction of open source software and open data standards in the public administration

Objective

Public Administrations (PA) spend considerable funds for Commercial Off-The-Shelf software licenses. By using appropriate technologies such expenses might be reduced. The Consortium aims at introducing, analysing, and supporting the use of Open Data Standards (ODS) and Open Source (OS) software for personal productivity and document management in European PAs. To date similar initiatives were mainly performed at a local level, with no coordination, no sharing of knowledge and no rigorous cost/benefit analysis. Introduction of ODS and OSS might be hampered by: Cost of data migration; Interoperability and integration with existing solutions; Personnel training.

Alleged advantages of OSS and ODS include extreme versatility; adaptability; transparency of functioning; big savings on software licenses for PAs and citizens (no additional software needed for accessing information and services; greater accessibility of public services). Alleged advantages of COTS in PAs include that it has been already in use for a long time; it works rather well; it is well accepted by the users; it has large support knowledge bases. To resolve this dilemma a detailed and objective study will be performed. Only on the basis of results of such studies PA managers can make an informed decision whether the migration to OSS is actually producing advantages.

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Coordinator

LIBERA UNIVERSITA DI BOLZANO

Address

Via Raffaello Sernesi 1
39100 Bolzano (Bozen)

Italy

Administrative Contact

Participants (14)

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AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

BEAUMONT HOSPITAL

Ireland

CONECTA S.R.L.

Italy

CONSORZIO DEI COMUNI DELLA PROVINCIA DI BOLZANO

Italy

HANSTHOLM KOMMUNE

Denmark

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES BELGIUM

Belgium

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATO INTEZET

Hungary

PROVINCIA DI GENOVA

Italy

PROVINCIA DI PISA

Italy

SOCITM LIMITED

United Kingdom

SOUTH WEST REGIONAL AUTHORITY

Ireland

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

TOROKBALINT NAGYKOZSEG ONKORMANYZATA POLGARMESTERI HIVATALA

Hungary

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Ireland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 002164

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    30 June 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 951 416

  • EU contribution

    € 2 607 312

Coordinated by:

LIBERA UNIVERSITA DI BOLZANO

Italy