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First open standards for government technology endorsed

Invest in UK - The Open Standards Board has endorsed the first set of open standards for government technology.

The Open Standards Board has recommended the approval of the first open standards for government technology    . The adoption of open standards will give government bodies access to a wider marketplace of innovative suppliers by encouraging a level playing field for open source and proprietary software providers. It will help the move away from restrictive long-term deals with a small number of suppliers.

The board’s recommendations were based on advice from specialist advisory panels and peer review.

Government Chief Technology Officer Liam Maxwell has accepted the board’s recommendations, adopting them as the first open standards for government.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said: