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August 30, 2003

Open Source in eGov

To be honest and in the middle of writing a number of technology case studies which include urban governments in Europe, I can't see, with the exception of Germany, any real haste in adopting Open Source. Cost remains the driving force and if Microsoft is seen to be more expensive in the long-term than an Open Source alternative, then people are much more prepared to switch allegiance than ever before. However, this has to be balanced with what are perceived as the 'True' costs of change, which in many cases may appear unnattractive in the short term.

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Some more links from Europe:
(please send me more links about Finland, they have to have much more!)


This is from my FLOSS in Gov survey. Please send me more links if you have them.

Posted by: Aigars Mahinovs at Sep 2, 2003 11:35:22 AM

my email is [email protected]

Posted by: Aigars Mahinovs at Sep 2, 2003 11:36:30 AM

I'm have just been given the job as a development manager at the Dubai e-Government initiative after a few years on the business side of things.

One of the things I'm looking at right now is actually moving into the open source direction. On some level, we have already, but what I intened is a move on a major scale to a linux and Open Source combination atleast on the portal side and would like to know of other experiences int his field.

Posted by: Hesham Amiri at Oct 11, 2003 12:18:03 AM

I've just put down my thoughts on the UK Government trials in my weblog and Computer Weekly column at www.zentelligence.blogspot.com

I know that companies like Mi2G have been active on the portal side but I'm not familiar with any large scale Opens Source portal exercises in Government and if others have any experience, please comemnt.

Posted by: Simon Moores at Oct 11, 2003 9:32:52 AM

Interesting site....never been at anything like this....just want to add a little embryonal effort to create a place (or several places) for Open Source (codes, scemas etc.) in Sweden, for the public sector. Not focusing or making religion of what operating system or protocol or what so ever considered as Open Source, slightly, "What is produced within the public sector (in one agency) with the taxpayers money should also be available for free use within the public sector (in all agencies), licensed as (for example) GNU GPL".



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