Revised open standards principles ‘reminder to keep opening up government IT’

18 Sep 2015, 4:03 pm

The Government Digital Service’s Government Technology Team, with the support of Minister for Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock, has revised and updated Government’s policy on open standards with updated references and clearer language.

iStock_jigsaw-bridge---mipanThe Open Standards principles, first published in 2012, set out Government’s policy on selecting and implementing open standards to make government IT more open, cheaper and better connected.

“The refreshed policy doesn’t place additional requirements on suppliers or departments” says a GDS blog on the subject. “In essence it’s the same as it was in 2012. That’s a great vote of confidence in the work we’ve been doing to date and a reminder for us all to keep opening up government technology by building on open standards”.

The principles aim to make services adaptable to people’s needs and to technological changes; open up competition; make it easier for departments and teams to join up systems or share information; and make the cost of public services more sustainable, based on seven principles:

  • start with user needs
  • selected open standards will enable suppliers to compete on a level playing field
  • standards choices support flexibility and change
  • adopt open standards that support sustainable cost
  • decisions about standards selection are well informed
  • select open standards using fair and transparent processes
  • be fair and transparent in the specification and implementation of open standards

Find out about getting involved in selecting open standards for use across government from the Open Standards page of the Government Technology blog.

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