UK Cabinet Office releases Open Standards Principles
Following on from the earlier standards consultation process, the UK Government has now released open standards principles. I have had a quick flick through and am still coming to terms with them. On the plus side they say all the right things, and they seem to have rejected RAND/FRAND/RANDZ etc licensing requirements in their definition of a standard – “royalty free basis that is compatible with both open source and proprietary licensed solutions. These rights should be irrevocable unless there is a breach of licence conditions.” which is good.
For my views on open standards in Government see the paper I prepared for Linux Australia.