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One Inch Wide and One Inch Deep: The Role of Policies in Shaping the Adoption of Open Standards and Software in Government

  • Kim Normann Andersen
  • Daniel Veit
  • Rony Medaglia
  • Helle Zinner Henriksen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6267)

Abstract

This paper presents a qualitative and quantitative study on the role of policies in Denmark and Germany in shaping the adoption of open standards and software in government. A comprehensive functionality test, surveys and interviews with suppliers and users in local authorities of both countries have been conducted, together with policy document analyses. While in Denmark open document standards have been bindingly introduced by legislation, Germany adopts a blended top-down and bottom-up approach, only providing recommendations. Although, as a result, it seems that Denmark ranks much higher in the adoption of open document standards, the overall picture is blurrier, as for instance only a small minority of public employees use open source software. The authors also suggest that the need for open standards might actually be overstated, as the rapid adoption of e.g. the PDF document format has made it in practice almost irrelevant.

Keywords

Electronic government Open standards Public policy IT governance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim Normann Andersen
    • 1
  • Daniel Veit
    • 2
  • Rony Medaglia
    • 1
  • Helle Zinner Henriksen
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Applied ICT (CAICT)Copenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  2. 2.Chair of Business Administration and Information SystemsUniversity of Mannheim, SchlossMannheimGermany

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