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 Rimu Atkinson
2 Christopher Dempsey
3 Russell McNaughton Not only does this make sense economically, but surely also from a sustainability and ecological point of view. In terms of public transport it must be beneficial and more environmentally friendly to not have to throw away all the existing hardware in order to change to a new software solution.
4 John Sutcliffe
5 Lovepreet Singh
6 Michel Van Eeckhout Open standards are essential in any democracy.
7 Carl Geib
8 Sam Bristow
9 Loic Teixeira
10 Richard McMillan
11 Jonathan Garlick
12 Eion Robb
13 Stephen Harlow
14 Lachlan Wimsett
15 David Nind
16 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.
17 Monica Corbett Whattam
18 Brent Wood
19 Danny Adair
20 Robert Fromont
21 Richard Law
22 Michael Fincham
23 Evan Fraser
24 Fran Firman
25 Chris Linwood
26 Morgan Avery
27 Alan Falloon
28 Mike Cowie
29 Eion Robb
30 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
31 Blake Burgess
32 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!
33 Jim Cheetham
34 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.
35 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.
36 Pikiora Wylie
37 Imogen Grace
38 Elena Kondrateva
39 David Stewart
40 Robin de Haan The New Zealand Government should commit to open standards and not be prepared to trade them away.