Background on decision to use open standards in govt ICT

We’ve asked Cabinet Office about the background to the publication of the procurement policy note published in January regarding open standards

Asked on 18 April and finally answered on 4 July, part of the reply included this statement:

The Standards and Architecture Framework was in development when the briefing note was prepared. Its replacement is still in development. It is not in the public interest to disclose information in the briefing note relating to the Framework in the context of developing policy. Premature disclosure would adversely affect decisions and discussions still to take place regarding the content of the replacement reference architecture. Debate is already raging in the press and with lobbying organisations regarding government’s open standards policy due to the recent UK Government Open Standards Survey, the public response to which is due in the autumn.

Improvements and annotations welcome

18 April 2011 updated 15 September 2011

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