Category Archives: Procurement

UK Government mandates preferential selection of open source

While the UK government has for some time now been taking measures to level the playing field for open source software in the public sector, for example by pointing out open source options for proprietary systems, the new Government Service Design Manual goes one step further – mandating a preference for open source for government … Read more

OSS Watch releases Open Source Options for Education

We’ve written several times recently about the UK Cabinet Office’s Open Source Procurement Toolkit, and the Open Source Options document that forms part of it. The original document lists open source alternatives for common proprietary solutions that might be used in government and public sector organisations.  The types of software solutions listed are mostly generic … Read more

New Briefing Paper: “Open Source Options: Making Use Of The Cabinet Office Guidance On Open Source Software”

OSS Watch have released a new briefing paper on using the Open Source Options guidance document from the UK Cabinet Office. The briefing provides additional guidance on making use of Open Source Options for procurement in the education sector. View it here: Open Source Options: Making Use Of The Cabinet Office Guidance On Open Source … Read more

Use OSS Watch’s resources within your organisation

Open source software projects can form a perfect example of a level playing field in software development. This is especially true for projects that have a meritocratic governance model in place, which by definition recognises all contributions to the project equally regardless of the person or organisation contributing. This is one of the reasons why … Read more