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Why we use open source - Australia’s Immigration agency explains

FutureGov - The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection uses a free and open source software for it’s “most high-level analytics”, Klaus Felsche, Director of Risk Tiering and Analytics has told FutureGov.

Why choose open source? “In some ways, [the open source software used by the agency] is effectively more capable” than commercial products, he said. “In terms of cost-effectiveness, [it] wins hands down: no license/maintenance fees, extensible architecture [and] global open source R&D.” The team uses an open source software package called ‘R’.

Felsche added: “Real costs do exist: we need to keep a specialist team on staff to build, maintain it, but in the bigger scheme of things, other software would require similar in-house support.”