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letter from the cabinet – open standards

March 8, 2012

This came through this afternoon, thought it worth sharing

As you may know, the Government is currently inviting people to give their views on open standards for software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT, through an online consultation on open standards.

The consultation builds on the feedback we received during the UK Government Open Standards Survey, which took place in 2011. Thank you for taking the time to provide your views as part of the Survey. There was a great response and we learned a lot from the comments we received.

The results from the Survey have helped shape the proposed policy and questions that we’re consulting on in Open Standards: Open Opportunities. The results of the survey and the consultation will inform:

  • the definition of open standards in the context of government IT;

  • the meaning of mandation and the effects compulsory standards may have on government departments, delivery partners and supply chains; and

  • international alignment and cross-border interoperability.

It’s important that we get as much feedback from the IT community as possible – so I urge you to consider the questions raised and to respond to the online consultation at http://consultation.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/openstandards/ by 3 May.

We look forward to hearing from you.

ICT Futures

Cabinet Office

Email: openstandards@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk

Twitter: @ICT_Futures

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