Chapter 1 questions

The Open Standards: Open Opportunities consultation has now closed

Question set: 1
  • How does this definition of open standard compare to your view of what makes a standard 'open'?

  • What will the Government be inhibited from doing if this definition of open standards is adopted for software interoperability, data and document formats across central government?

  • For businesses attempting to break into the government IT market, would this policy make things easier or more difficult – does it help to level the playing field?

  • How would mandating open standards for use in government IT for software interoperability, data and document formats affect your organisation?

  • What effect would this policy have on improving value for money in the provision of government services?

  • Would this policy support innovation, competition and choice in delivery of government services?

  • In what way do software copyright licences and standards patent licences interact to support or prevent interoperability?

  • How could adopting (Fair) Reasonable and Non Discriminatory ((F)RAND) standards deliver a level playing field for open source and proprietary software solution providers?

  • Does selecting open standards which are compatible with a free or open source software licence exclude certain suppliers or products?

  • Does a promise of non-assertion of a patent when used in open source software alleviate concerns relating to patents and royalty charging?

  • Should a different rationale be applied when purchasing off-the-shelf software solutions than is applied when purchasing bespoke solutions?

  • In terms of standards for software interoperability, data and document formats, is there a need for the Government to engage with or provide funding for specific committees/bodies?

  • Are there any are other policy options which would meet the described outcomes more effectively?