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You will comply: government to mandate technical standards

UKauthorITy - The UK government is set to publish a list of 10-12 key open technology standards, including web and document formats, that it will require all public sector bodies to use, a senior civil servant has told ITU Live.

Bill McCluggage, director of ICT strategy and policy at the Cabinet Office, reveals the details in this week's ITU Live broadcast, Open standards and the future of public sector ICT.

The government's last attempt to define technology standards for public sector use, the 'e-GIF' document first published in 2000, was "ahead of its time", too complex, and fell out of usage by 2005 without being updated, McLuggage said.