AGIMO finalises new open source guide

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AGIMO finalises new open source guide

Includes procurement guidelines and open source software policy.

The Federal Government has issued version 2.0 of its Guide to Open Source Software, after seeking public comments on a draft guide in March.

The new, 67-page document (pdf) replaced a guide that was issued by former special minister of state Eric Abetz in April 2005.

Australian Government CIO Ann Steward said on Friday that she was “very pleased with the response” to the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)’s call for comments on the draft.

As a result of the feedback, AGIMO clarified the focus of the guide, providing links to other government documents and open source software products “where appropriate”, she said.

The guide also included more information on the Government’s January 2011 Open Source Software Policy, Guide to ICT Sourcing and Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines.

Targeted at project managers and procurement teams, the guide was expected to complement the January 2011 policy with information about software licensing and risks.

It urged organisations to consider cost, customisation, end-user training, reliability, lock-in and license obligations when choosing between proprietary and open source software options.

AGIMO warned agencies to be aware of the various open source licenses, noting that the Free Software Foundation had successfully acted on breaches of licence conditions on behalf of licensees.

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