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Latvian IT procurement guide to remove barriers to open technology

Joinup - Latvia's public administrations procuring IT solutions need to formulate bids that allow real competition, that do not hinder bidders from suggesting open source solutions and must  include vendor-independent technical specifications, recommend the Latvian Open Technology Association and Latvia's Procurement Monitoring Bureau in a report published in July.

Their procurement report is titled 'Issues and Recommendations in IT procurement'. The tackles a broad range of problems found in the country's IT procurement.  A few of these conflicts are related to open source and open standards.

For example, public administrations sometimes ban the use of software published under open source licences, such as the GNU Public Licence. The organisations note that these contracting authorities erroneously believe that such a licence forces them to make public the derived software solution.