Open Source Procurement Toolkit


Altra segnalazione interessante della giornata. Il Cabinet Office Inglese, l’ufficio della pubblica amministrazione centrale che si preoccupa di far funzionare le cose meglio (“making government work better“), ha pubblicato una guida all’acquisto di soluzioni Open Source. Non esaustiva, sempre migliorabile, ma dà già delle ottime direttive per la valutazione (anche) a livello acquisti di caratteristiche, costi, etc etc.

The Government first set out its policy on the use of open source in 2004. This was restated in both 2009 and 2010. The Government ICT Strategy states that “Where appropriate, Government will procure open source solutions.”  To support this, Action 3 of the Strategy says that “To create a level playing field for the use of innovative ICT solutions, the Government will publish a toolkit for procurers on best practice for evaluating the use of open source solutions.”

The following set of documents make up that toolkit:

  • All About Open Source – including FAQs
  • ICT Advice Note – Procurement of Open Source
  • Procurement Policy Note on Open Source
  • OSS Options
  • CESG Guidance on Open Source – for Government users only; publically accessible summary of the guidance will be available soon
  • Total Cost of Ownership

The purpose of this toolkit is to ensure that there is a level playing field for open source and proprietary software and that some of the myths associated with open source are dispelled.  It is intended for those who need to consider, evaluate or procure open source solutions as well as anyone just wanting to know more about open source. Feedback on any of the Toolkit documents is very welcome and should be sent to

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