Both OSI's Open Standards Requirement and the Open Source Definition are reflected in this important new UK government policy. The OSI license list is also cited as definitive.
The Cabinet Office has just published the final version of its open standards principles, which will guide all UK government procurement of software from now on. I am delighted to see the weight given to open source.
Notably, an open standard is defined as one where:
"rights essential to implementation of the standard, and for interfacing with other implementations which have adopted that same standard, are licensed on a royalty free basis that is compatible with both open source and proprietary licensed solutions."
This is a significant development. Alone, it can't level the playing field for open source software; only enlightened procurement actions can do that. But it casts the spotlight onto ineffective procurement, as well as breaking the mental hold of legacy suppliers.
I'm also delighted that the OSI's license approval process is included by reference as the sole definition of open source.
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The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.
Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.
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