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 Michael Fincham
42 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.
43 Martin Hohman-Marriott United Scientists CORE Limited open standards are crucial for: - collaboration - future-proof technologies - resource conservation
44 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.
45 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.
46 Lovepreet Singh
47 Loic Teixeira
48 Lachlan Wimsett
49 Konstantin Pastbin personal
50 Jonathan Garlick
51 John Butt TrueNet Not just Microsoft, it would be good to get Apple to use opensource for it's office files also.
52 Jim Cheetham
53 Jeff Crawford Northern Network Services
54 Jan Larres
55 James Nisbet Bandit Design
56 Imogen Grace
57 Hugh Gordon Cooper Retired State Servant
58 Hilary Oliver
59 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!
60 Hadley Rich nice technology
61 Guy Kloss Mega Limited
62 Greg Hewgill sole trader
63 Grant Paton-Simpson PSAL Open standards = competition = superior results
64 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!
65 Glenn Ramsey Componic Ltd
66 Glenn Ramsey Componic Ltd
67 Gabriella Turek self
68 Francois Marier
69 Fran Firman
70 Evan Fraser
71 Eliot Blennerhassett this is long overdue
72 Elena Kondrateva
73 Eion Robb
74 Eion Robb
75 Dylan Reeve Dylan Reeve
76 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.
77 Donald Johnston Learn Rapidly Ltd I don't want to be forced to use proprietary software when there is excellent alternative open source software available.
78 donald callum robertson
79 Don Johnston Learn Rapidly Ltd Because of the use of Microsoft Office in schools, parents are almost forced to purchase it to enable their children to do their homework on home computers. This would be totally unnecessary if schools were required to adopt open standards.
80 Don Christie Catalyst IT