Free and Open Source Software: A Viable Option for Government

Free and Open Source Software: A Viable Option for Government

Free and Open Source Software:

A Viable Option for Government

Ariel S. Betan


University of the Philippines Manila


➲ FOSS Model

➲ FOSS Economy

➲ FOSS Benefits

➲ FOSS Availability

➲ FOSS Viability

FOSS Model

➲ The call for transparency, accountability

and citizen participation in government is

compatible with the Free and Open Source

Software (FOSS) model since they are inherent

in FOSS itself

FOSS Economy

➲ Considering the government's limited resources

and limited budget, FOSS offers a

more economical option due to its lower cost

of implementation and its alternative business


Freedom of Choice

➲ Interoperabilty

➲ Reliability

➲ Security

➲ Fast Deployment

➲ Localization

FOSS Benefits

FOSS Availability

➲ No need to re-invent or create new ones

➲ Tried and Tested world's largest open

source software site

➲ and other specific sites

➲ 126 software in health or related to health

➲ Philippines has the 8th largest development

community for FOSS in the world

FOSS Viability

Governments are moving/migrating towards

FOSS use with encouraging results

➲ Some governments have already included

them in their official policies and plans.

➲ Examples are European countries, the United

States and, ASEAN countries like


➲ Some Philippine government agencies are

also using FOSS and are including FOSS in

their programs.

References & Resources

1. Open Source Initiative. []

2. Open Source for America (OSFA).


3. NHIN Connect. []

4. Open source infiltrates government IT worldwide.



5. What is connect.


References & Resources

6. What is


7. About []

8. FOSS4Health: eHealth Applications. []

9. Overview: Malaysian Public Sector Open Source Software

Program. [

10. Government Saves RM 200 million through OSS - various

press media. []

References & Resources

11. Malaysian Government has reached 97% OSS Adoption --

WOW! []

12. Open source infiltrates government IT worldwide.



13. Open source headlines from the Open Government plans.


14. Open Source, the Recession and the Lower-TCO Promise

By Jeff Meisner, LinuxInsider


References & Resources

15. Boom Time for FOSS by By Katherine Noyes, LinuxInsider



16. Open Source in RP: Ready for Primetime By Jenalyn Rubio,

Computerworld Philippines


Addional References & Resources

1. FOSS4SME / FOSS Toolkit - Free Open Source Software

guide for SMEs. []

2. FOSS A General Introduction. FOSS Education. FOSS

Government Policy. FOSS Licensing. FOSS Localization.

FOSS Open Standards. FOSS Network Infrastructure and Security.

FOSS Open Content.


Thank you!

Ariel S. Betan

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