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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.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

LIBERA UNIVERSITA DI BOLZANO
Address
Via Raffaello Sernesi 1
39100 Bolzano (Bozen)
Italy

Participants (14)

AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 5
9220 Aalborg
BEAUMONT HOSPITAL
Ireland
Address
Beaumont Road
Dublin 9 Dublin
CONECTA S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Nazionale 42/I
33010 Tavagnacco
CONSORZIO DEI COMUNI DELLA PROVINCIA DI BOLZANO
Italy
Address
Viale Stazione 5
39100 Bolzano
HANSTHOLM KOMMUNE
Denmark
Address
Baadsgaardsvej 2
7730 Hanstholm
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES BELGIUM
Belgium
Address
Avenue Du Bourget, 42
1130 Bruxelles
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATO INTEZET
Hungary
Address
Kende U. 13-17
1111 Budapest
PROVINCIA DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Piazzale Mazzini 2
16122 Genova
PROVINCIA DI PISA
Italy
Address
P.zza Vittorio Emanuele Ii N. 14
56125 Pisa
SOCITM LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
F4 Moulton Park Business Centre, Redhouse Road
NN3 6AQ Moulton Park
SOUTH WEST REGIONAL AUTHORITY
Ireland
Address
Innishmore Ballincollig Co. Cork
Cork
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court, Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
TOROKBALINT NAGYKOZSEG ONKORMANYZATA POLGARMESTERI HIVATALA
Hungary
Address
Munkacsy M. U. 79.
H-2045 Torokbalint
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
Limerick