The Open Source, Open Standards conference is in London on the 3rd of April 2014, and this year OSS Watch has joined the list of supporters for the event.
I attended the conference in 2013, which was well attended from across the public sector and from open source companies and organisations. You can read my post on that event here.
Given how closely aligned open standards and open source software are in the view of policy makers (though we do like to point out that its not quite that simple), its perhaps odd that so few events explicitly cover both bases.
The event is also interesting in that there are as many – more perhaps – talks from the customer point of view as from suppliers. This means it is much more about sharing experiences than the sales-oriented events that are commonly targeted at the public sector, and this is why we decided to be associated with the event this year.
Public sector organisations need to share experiences with each other, not just engage with suppliers, if they are to take advantage of the opportunities of open source software and open standards, and events like this are one place to do just that. (Of course, this applies equally to educational institutions such as universities and colleges – and the organisers are keen this year to open up the scope to include them.)
If you attend the event, feel free to say hello – one of us at least will be there on the day.