Over the past two years, the UK government has been making a sustained effort to transform the use of technology in the public sector, not only to reduce costs, but also to deliver sustained value and meet user needs. Open source has been a key component in this strategy, with the Cabinet Office issuing policy and guidance to the public sector that levels the playing field for open source solutions. The Open Standards Principles made it clear that ICT standards would not be used to exclude open source solutions; while the Open Source Procurement Toolkit gave public sector organisations tools and guidance to put the new policies into practice.
All areas of the public sector – including central government, local government, health, police and prisons, education – are involved in this process.
OSS Watch, based at the University of Oxford, provides independent, non-advocacy information, advice and guidance on selecting, using and developing Open Source Software. The Open Source Junction series of events seeks to build cross-sector collaboration around open source.
We’ll be bringing together vendors and users to look at how open source software can be applied by public services, avoiding the pitfalls of procurement, and how public sector bodies can engage with open source to get the most value from their systems through co-creation and open innovation.
The event will be taking place on the 18th and 19th of July, at the University Club in Oxford. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment. We have our first few speakers confirmed, and will be announcing speakers and sponsors over the coming weeks. You can find all the details and the booking form on our Eventbrite page.
If you have any questions about Open Source Junction, don’t hesitate to contact us.