Posts Tagged 'gov'

UK Cabinet Office releases Open Standards Principles

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.

Australian Government and Open Data: They just don’t get it

Australian Government and Open Data: They just don’t get it

Having a look through the AusGOAL site – you know, AusGOAL, the Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework’–  to see what Australian Government is doing in the area.  Did you know that they have a video explaining open data and why it’s so important?

The video is here:

Guess what?

It doesn’t comply with their own guidelines.  When I go to that page I get a black box where the video should be, along with a message:

This video can’t be played with your current setup.
Please switch to a browser that provides native H.264 support or install Adobe Flash Player

Errr… here’s a video telling you how great open formats are but the video is in a closed format?? It’s not at all comforting to know that the very people charged with enabling open formats are using a closed format for their videos. There’s no reason H.264 video can’t be transcoded into an open format and offered (even offered as an alternative).

Knock me down with a feather!


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