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UK Government Back on Track with Open Standards

OFE PRESS RELEASE - 1st November 2012

Today the UK Government has announced its Open Standards Principles - the outcome of its public consultation on Open Standards, and in doing so has clearly reinforced its determination to drive through the use of such standards for public procurement.

This has been a long and prolonged programme and one which originally, OFE at least, questioned its necessity, having followed a previous public survey. But having taken the decision to consult, few can now argue with the integrity, rigour and depth of the independent analysis that has been followed – and has resulted in the singularly most important piece of policy  and research analysis undertaken in this crucial topic area. The key issues have not been ducked, and the pragmatism and attention to the detail, and particularly the focus on implementation are welcome improvements to past thinking.