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.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
Dublin 9 Dublin
NN3 6AQ Moulton Park
S10 2TN Sheffield