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
41 Eliot Blennerhassett this is long overdue
42 Evan Fraser
43 Fran Firman
44 Francois Marier
45 Gabriella Turek self
46 Glenn Ramsey Componic Ltd
47 Glenn Ramsey Componic Ltd
48 Grant Paton-Simpson PSAL Open standards = competition = superior results
49 Grant Paton-Simpson Paton-Simpson & Associates Ltd Requiring open standards is good for the purchasers of software such as government. It also levels the playing field so that New Zealand companies can fairly compete with international software companies. Single-word answer for why we should be following open standards? Flash!
50 Greg Hewgill sole trader
51 Guy Kloss Mega Limited
52 Hadley Rich nice technology
53 Harry Chapman Open standards are the way to ensure all citizens of New Zealand are able to open the files that the Government creates. We can do better!
54 Hilary Oliver
55 Hugh Gordon Cooper Retired State Servant
56 Imogen Grace
57 James Nisbet Bandit Design
58 Jan Larres
59 Jeff Crawford Northern Network Services
60 Jim Cheetham
61 John Butt TrueNet Not just Microsoft, it would be good to get Apple to use opensource for it's office files also.
62 Jonathan Garlick
63 Konstantin Pastbin personal
64 Lachlan Wimsett
65 Loic Teixeira
66 Lovepreet Singh
67 Mark Foster Jazzed Solutions Ltd The use of open standards that are universally accepted and able to be viewed both cross-platform and cross-generation should be an obvious move for Government.
68 Mark Harris Independent consultant Any organisation, public or private, should be moving to open standards for information retention and reuse, for accessibility and for security. Open standards enable access to historical information (can you still read the WordPerfect documents you wrote in 1989?) as well as the documents of the future. The world is moving towards interoperability - you can't do that when you're bound to a particular vendor who doesn't play well with others and will, by default, use their own, proprietary format. It doesn't matter which vendor you are thinking of, or what type of software or data, there are open alternatives that you should be using to enable sharing or your and other organisation's information.
69 Megan Williams PwC Digital I agree that Open Standards would allow NZ digital companies to compete for software development contracts. That NZ tax payers money returns value to NZ, the IT dollar is invested back in NZ which is good for innovation, growing NZ IT & digital capability, and in turn economic development.
70 Michael Fincham
71 Michel Van Eeckhout Open standards are essential in any democracy.
72 Michelle Beavan Exess Connectivity Ltd
73 Mike Cowie
74 Mike Riversdale Access Granted NZ
75 Monica Corbett Whattam
76 Morgan Avery
77 Nathan Brown Springload
78 Neil Harsant SysLinx - Sole Trader Proprietary data standards come with no guarantee of long term support. Internationally agreed standards to come with such assurance. Government's information is ultimately the property of it's citizens and commercial organizations should not be in a position to hold that information hostage.
79 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.
80 Nigel Bovey