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Some information in English about the new Dutch government rules:

http://www.nieuwsuitamsterdam.nl/English/2007/09/open_source.htm

On that page you will also find a link to the Amsterdam pilot (English, pdf)

http://www.amsterdam.nl/aspx/download.aspx?file=/contents/pages/27635/07014282englishpamphlet2.pdf

"The City Council believes that an active and participative approach to open source developments is appropriate to Amsterdam as “ICT capital of the Netherlands”. In an amendment, the Mayor and Aldermen were requested to present a business case for the 2007 budget, including recommendations on how to respond to the impending expiry of the contract with Microsoft for office automation (as of October 2008).

This amendment should be viewed in the light of nationwide developments regarding open standards and open source software. In 2002, the Dutch House of Representatives approved the Vendrik motion, which called on the government to counteract concentrations in the software market and to ensure that all software used by the public sector complied with open standards by 2006. In short, open standards are a must. For the City of Amsterdam, this means that the choice of software is restricted to software based on open standards."

Posted by Mark Wielaard on September 18, 2007 at 03:59 AM PDT #

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