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 Colin Jackson Jackson Strategy Government spends a truly vast amount on IT. It is the biggest purchaser of IT in New Zealand. Yet, despite IT being NZ's second largest export, most of that spend goes to overseas companies due to lock-in practices by multinationals. Come on, NZ government, this isn't hard, just solve it the way other countries do, by requiring open standards so that all IT companies can compete.
42 Rob Pearson IT manager of company with over 700 staff NZ government (and District Health Boards) are behaving anti-competitively, have a strong history of being closed to open computing standards, please stop being an embarrassing laggard in this regard, here are just 2 examples and both are easily fixed: -NZ uses standards for '2' editable document file formats, 'both' controlled by the same single vendor, a better and single file format has existed for a decade now. The UK government sorted this one out https://www.gov.uk/guidance/open-document-format-odf-guidance-for-uk-government. -Mandating that business partners use Microsoft Internet Explorer to work within their contracts, this is outrageous in 2015.
43 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.
44 William Gordon Horizons Regional Council For the sake of Digital Continuity, open standards must become the standard for government information.
45 Michelle Beavan Exess Connectivity Ltd
46 Dylan Reeve Dylan Reeve
47 Daniel Strypey Bruce Disintermedia.net.nz RadioNZ publishes all their archived radio material in the open Ogg Vorbis format, as well as the patent-encumbered (but more common) MP3 format. People can access this publicly-funded material using any internet-capable device, running any operating system, because there is no barrier-to-entry stopping developers from creating Ogg Vorbis support. This is just one example of the benefits of public organisations supporting open standards.
48 Glenn Ramsey Componic Ltd
49 Glenn Ramsey Componic Ltd
50 Daniel Reurich Centurion Computer Technology (2005) Ltd Until we have mandatory vendor neutral open standards for government, there will always be additional impediments to interactions with the government. It's time things were rebalanced and vendors brought to heel, so that everybody can participate regardless of the technology they have access too.
51 Daniel Reurich Centurion Computer Technology (2005) Ltd
52 Don Christie Catalyst IT
53 James Nisbet Bandit Design
54 Dave Koelmeyer Apertura Designs Limited
55 Mike Riversdale Access Granted NZ
56 Lovepreet Singh
57 Michel Van Eeckhout Open standards are essential in any democracy.
58 Carl Geib
59 Sam Bristow
60 Loic Teixeira
61 Richard McMillan
62 Jonathan Garlick
63 Eion Robb
64 Stephen Harlow
65 Lachlan Wimsett
66 David Nind
67 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.
68 Monica Corbett Whattam
69 Brent Wood
70 Danny Adair
71 Robert Fromont
72 Richard Law
73 Michael Fincham
74 Evan Fraser
75 Fran Firman
76 Chris Linwood
77 Morgan Avery
78 Alan Falloon
79 Mike Cowie
80 Eion Robb