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UNDP-APDIP Releases Publication on Open Standards

Posted by egovindia on July 19, 2006

e-Primer on Free/Open Source Software: Open Standards 

Author: Nah Soo Hoe 
With a foreword by Peter J. Quinn
(c) UNDP-APDIP, Elsevier, 2006, 62 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-81-312-0538-9 
ISBN-10: 81-312-0538-X 

Find out more at: http://www.apdip.net/news/openstdsprimer 

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In this age of information and communications technology, many 
governments
are moving towards open standards and frameworks.

Open standards ensure that products and services can inter-operate and 
work
together, even though they may be from different parties or entities. 
Open
standards ensure that the next purchase is not dictated by the last
purchase, thus, increasing users’ choices, access to products, 
information
and services, and opportunities for sharing and collaboration.

In addition to the advantage of increased competition for acquisition 
and
the ongoing operational expense, governments, businesses and other 
entities
can benefit from each others' efforts and share applications that each 
have
built.

This e-primer, with a foreword by Peter J. Quinn, introduces readers to 
what
open standards are and why they are important. It explains the
standard-setting processes and provides examples of open standards 
policies,
initiatives and formats. It also addresses the challenges faced in
implementing open standards.

This publication is part of the International Open Source Network’s
Free/Open Source Software e-Primer Series. Other titles include:

- A General Introduction 
- Education 
- Government and Policy 
- Localization 

Online versions of all FOSS e-Primers are available at
http://www.iosn.net/foss-primers.

Upcoming titles are focused on licensing, network security and
infrastructure, and open content.

The FOSS e-Primer series is produced by the International Open Source
Network <http://www.iosn.net>, an initiative of UNDP's Asia-Pacific
Development Information Programme <http://www.apdip.net> and supported 
by
the International Development Research Center <http://www.idrc.ca>, 
Canada.
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