Free and Open Source Software: A Viable Option for Government

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Free and Open Source Software: A Viable Option for Government

Free and Open Source Software:

A Viable Option for Government

Ariel S. Betan

IOSN ASEAN+3

University of the Philippines Manila


Agenda

➲ 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

models


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

SourceForge.net: world's largest open

source software site

➲ Freshmeat.net 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

Malaysia.

➲ Some Philippine government agencies are

also using FOSS and are including FOSS in

their programs.


References & Resources

1. Open Source Initiative. [http://www.opensource.org/]

2. Open Source for America (OSFA).

[http://www.opensourceforamerica.org/learn-more/benefits]

3. NHIN Connect. [http://www.opensourceforamerica.org/casestudies/nhin]

4. Open source infiltrates government IT worldwide.

[http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/030108-ossi.html

page=1]

5. What is connect.

[http://www.connectopensource.org/about/what-is-CONNECT]


References & Resources

6. What is SourceForge.net.

[http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/sourceforge/wiki/What%20is

%20SourceForge.net]

7. About Freshmeat.net. [http://freshmeat.net/]

8. FOSS4Health: eHealth Applications. [http://www.foss-forhealth.org/portal/ehealthapps]

9. Overview: Malaysian Public Sector Open Source Software

Program. [http://www.oscc.org.my//content/view/177/183/

10. Government Saves RM 200 million through OSS - various

press media. [http://www.oscc.org.my//content/view/303/128/]


References & Resources

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

WOW! [http://www.opensource.org/node/535]

12. Open source infiltrates government IT worldwide.

[http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/030108-ossi.html

page=2]

13. Open source headlines from the Open Government plans.

[http://opensource.com/government/10/4/open-source-headlines-open-government-plans]

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

By Jeff Meisner, LinuxInsider

[http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Open-Source-the-Recession-and-the-Lower-TCO-Promise-66323.html]


References & Resources

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

[http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Boom-Time-for-FOSS-

68044.html]

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

Computerworld Philippines

[http://www.comunionerp.com/company/news/89-open-sourcein-rp-ready-for-primetime]


Addional References & Resources

1. FOSS4SME / FOSS Toolkit - Free Open Source Software

guide for SMEs. [http://fosstoolkit.iosnasean.net/]

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.

[http://www.iosn.net/publications/foss-primers

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/UNDP-APDIP_Books]


Thank you!

Ariel S. Betan

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