Andrea DiMaio

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Open Source in Government: Back to the Future

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 5, 2014  |  2 Comments

Yesterday I read an interesting news about the UK government planning to move decisively toward open source in order to reduce both software cost and dependency on specific vendors, such as Microsoft. This reminds me of a flurry of announcements in the early part of the last decade, when cities, regions and entire countries decided […]

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When Government IT Mandates Can Be Counterproductive

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 27, 2012  |  3 Comments

Last Monday I had an inquiry with a small software vendor about a recently approved amendments to the Italian Digital Government Code according to which governments should favor open source vs. proprietary solutions. Article 68 says (see here, in Italian): Proprietary software acquisition is allowed only when a technical and economic evaluation shows that pre-.existing […]

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The Unbearable Lightness of Openness

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 4, 2012  |  2 Comments

Over the last ten years I have come across countless consultants and advisors to government and the broader public sector who have been asserting the unquestionable benefits of anything preceded by the term “open”. Open standards, open source, open data, open government, open innovation, and so forth. Those who are younger in the business may […]

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Will Open Data Have the Same Fate As Open Source?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 1, 2011  |  5 Comments

I read an interesting post by Glyn Moody, who had just attended the South Tyrol Free Software Conference and makes an interesting parallel between open data and open source. Just as the success of free software led to the founding on companies based around that freely-available code, so I think we are about to see […]

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Australian Government Highlights Its Balanced Open Source Policy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 27, 2011  |  1 Comment

After their criticized statement about the adoption of OOXML as the preferred document format in the Common Operating Environment policy (see previous post), the Australian federal government decided to highlight their revised open source policy, issued in December 2010, where they take a neutral position vis-a-vis open source, by using verbiage such as: Australian Government […]

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The Unbearable Narrowness of the Open Source Crowd

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2011  |  7 Comments

A few days ago I posted about the Common Operating Environment policy published by the Australian Federal Government to reduce complexity and diversity of their desktop infrastructure, and the limited success they had in gathering online comments about the draft strategy back in July 2010. It appears that reactions to the now final policy have […]

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Transparency is Never Enough: The Strange Case of Australia and OOXML

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 19, 2011  |  12 Comments

A few days ago the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) published its Whole-of-Government Common Operating Environment Policy. This policy mostly aims at greater standardization across the desktop environments to help contain costs. This is certainly a worthwhile objective and, in all fairness, the policy provides a good balance between the need for standardization and […]

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Is the OMB Afraid of Google?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 11, 2011  |  2 Comments

On January 7 the Office of Management and Budget issues a memo reminding US federal agencies of the importance of technology neutrality in procurement. The one-page memo reminds that […] policies are built around the use of merit-based requirements development and evaluation processes that promote procurement choices based on performance and value, and free of […]

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Are the US Obsessed with Cloud as much as Europe was with Open Source?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 23, 2010  |  6 Comments

Over the last month or so there have been a couple of worthwhile events about the US Federal Government’s cloud computing activities. The first one has been the publication of an interesting report, authored by the federal CIO Vivek Kundra, on the State of Public Sector Cloud Computing. This is a compendium of what the […]

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The Multiple Meanings of the Term “Open”

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 4, 2010  |  2 Comments

Over the last couple of months I’ve found myself involved, both actively and passively, in several conversations that contained terms like “open” or “openness”. The adjective “open” was associated to nouns like “format”, “standard”, “source”, “government”, “data”, and so forth. Quite often the use and misuse of the term “open” leads to almost hatred discussions, […]

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