Open Standards NZ Co-signers

The undersigned have all agreed that the New Zealand government should create a level playing field for software by mandating that all software procurement, particularly of commercial-off-the-shelf software, only considers software complying with open standards that are vendor-neutral, royalty-free and unencumbered by patents.

Where no relevant open standard exists, the government should undertake to develop suitable open standards, building on those already available elsewhere.

The goal is for software suppliers to the NZ government to compete to meet government-specified open standards rather than competing to set their own proprietary standard as is currently common practise.

# Name Organisation Comment
1 Sam Bristow
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3 Loic Teixeira
4 Richard McMillan
5 Jonathan Garlick
6 Eion Robb
7 EM Thanks for finally writing about >Support Mandatory Open Standards | Open Standards NZ <Liked it!
8 Stephen Harlow
9 Lachlan Wimsett
10 David Nind
11 Steven Ellis In order for any Govt to maintain or reduce their IT costs it is critical that Open Standards are adopted or you continue to be locked into expensive proprietary approaches that carry a high end of life cost.
12 Monica Corbett Whattam
13 Brent Wood
14 Danny Adair
15 Robert Fromont
16 Richard Law
17 Michael Fincham
18 Evan Fraser
19 Fran Firman
20 Chris Linwood
21 Morgan Avery
22 Alan Falloon
23 Mike Cowie
24 Eion Robb
25 Robert Collins In ICT the ability to use Free/Libre/Open source is a big competitive edge, as demonstrated by many web companies revolutionising the world today. For NZ to reap those benefits, it is essential that suppliers are able to compete on a level playing field rather than being forced to work with private "standards" which are designed to advantage their owner, rather than being a commons. Case studies that come to mind: - the UK experience - The Australian tax office submission headaches - Cost if e.g. voter registration forms were microsoft office templates
26 Blake Burgess
27 Shaun McGirr Need success stories to capture attention of policy makers: agency A adopted a certain open standard and look at the good it did!
28 Jim Cheetham
29 Donald Johnston I have experienced problems in the past with my children's school requiring assignments to be submitted in Microsoft Office format which is a non-standard format. Parents should not have any need to purchase proprietary office software when there is very good free alternative software (e.g. Libre Office) which is completely standards compliant.
30 Nicholas Phillips Alternatively, as a very minimum, include cost of migrating data away from any tendered solution in the assessed cost of implementation of that solution.
31 Pikiora Wylie
32 Imogen Grace
33 Elena Kondrateva
34 David Stewart
35 Robin de Haan The New Zealand Government should commit to open standards and not be prepared to trade them away.
36 Abhishek Reddy
37 Jan Larres
38 Adrian Croucher
39 donald callum robertson
40 Nigel Bovey