Today a lot more people than usual will be wanting to watch the proceedings of the Home Affairs and the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committees.
The hearings will be taking place this afternoon in Portcullis House probably in a room not unlike the one here and as you can see the audience capacity will be about thirty people which today, looks like it could be a bit of a problem .
Don’t worry! You’ll be able to watch the proceedings on Parliament Live. Oh, wait a moment…
Continue reading Democracy, Plurality, Interoperability
I’ve just received an invitation to attend the sixth ODF plugfest As you might recall the fifth plugfest was kindly supported by among others the local authority Windsor and Maidenhead. So what’s different about this one, apart from it being in Berlin? Continue reading German govt “gets it”, why doesn’t the UK?
I’ve just listened to a radio programme about the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1065, discussing among other things, the economic conditions at the time. How did they know? The programme participants were using material from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (written between 876 and 1174) and the Domesday Book, commissioned in 1085). Give or take, they were referencing material written 1000 years ago.
Continue reading Domesday, .doc and DRM
I don’t know if the FSF chose to word play on Roosevelt’s “four freedoms” but we now seem to have yet another illustration by counterexample of the benefits arising from the GNU four freedoms currently going through the European Courts.
Luckily, suppliers of services based on Free and Open Source Software don’t have to care.
Continue reading Free as in: “free of all this”
Standards bodies get precious, Cabinet Office blinks
Let’s be clear from the off, the open standards procurement policy note (PPN) designed to level the playing fields for open source software (actually: expose Govt ICT costs to the beneficial winds of competition) wasn’t all that amazing.
Continue reading Govt OSS Policy: resilient as a snowflake in June
Don’t forget to join the dots
The Cabinet Office has published a survey inviting us all to offer our views across many pages of standards. And we’ve got until 20 May to do it.
Notice that it is a survey not a consultation. Consultations are a formal engagement process and naturally enough, there is official guidance. It is worth a read not least for the section when to consult and the phrase:
Clearly, if there is no scope for consultees to influence the policy, a formal consultation exercise should not be launched.
So, what are we to make of the fact that this is a survey and not a consultation?
Continue reading OGC open standards survey: Does your country need you?
Few surprises, not much astonishment
Yesterday Cabinet Office published its much heralded ICT strategy. To their credit the document is availlable to download in ODF format it’s just a pity that they think it is application specific despite the UK Govt deputy CIO attending the recent UK ODF Plugfest where we heard presentations from all the other options.
Continue reading UK Govt ICT Strategy – is that IT?
Has American Needle stitched up MEG-LA?
In June 2010 I mused whether a legal ruling about hats had any ramifications for patent pool attacks. Specifically I suggested that it might have read across to WebM in the light of much sabre rattling
Nine months later what do we find?
Continue reading Patent pool attacks – you could have read it here first
Today, the Institute for Government published System+Error, a study setting out “the case for a new approach to IT in the public sector”. How does it stack up? Not least in the light of wider policy such as the plans to end ‘state monopoly’ in provision of public services
Overall our reaction is muted. The report is a call to action and it could better have been an opportunity to think laterally and focus on removing a few barriers, the real obstacles to innovation.
Continue reading Institute for Government “System + Error”
At the UK ODF Plugfest the UK Govt deputy CIO asked me to follow up my suggestion for one simple thing that could be done to help level the playing field for all types of software in Government
I suggested that DCLG should remove the embedded code from electronic office documents used for data exchange with Local Authorities. Here’s the follow-up:
Continue reading One Simple Thing