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 Lovepreet Singh
2 Michel Van Eeckhout Open standards are essential in any democracy.
3 Carl Geib
4 Sam Bristow
5 Loic Teixeira
6 Richard McMillan
7 Jonathan Garlick
8 Eion Robb
9 Stephen Harlow
10 Lachlan Wimsett
11 David Nind
12 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.
13 Monica Corbett Whattam
14 Brent Wood
15 Danny Adair
16 Robert Fromont
17 Richard Law
18 Michael Fincham
19 Evan Fraser
20 Fran Firman
21 Chris Linwood
22 Morgan Avery
23 Alan Falloon
24 Mike Cowie
25 Eion Robb
26 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
27 Blake Burgess
28 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!
29 Jim Cheetham
30 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.
31 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.
32 Pikiora Wylie
33 Imogen Grace
34 Elena Kondrateva
35 David Stewart
36 Robin de Haan The New Zealand Government should commit to open standards and not be prepared to trade them away.
37 Abhishek Reddy
38 Jan Larres
39 Adrian Croucher
40 donald callum robertson