Published 2 November 2012
copyright , policy
Tags: gov, open source, standards
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.
Published 4 May 2012
Tags: gov, life, psi
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:
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!