Open Source Government: Italy launches Commission on Open Source
The Italian Minister of Reform and Innovations in Public Administration, Luigi Nicolais, on the 22th of June announced the creation of the second Open Source Commission, composed of sixteen members and coordinated by Angelo Raffaele Meo. The Commission will be supported also by the National Center for Information Technology in Public Administration(CNIPA) and the Department of Innovation.
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The start of this commission is further proof of my personal and Government willingness to aid the diffusion of Open Source software, fostering open source policies and making them central.
The Commission follows two other important initiatives:
- the Italian Budget law assigned funds to substain innovation through open source by local Public Administrations;
- The Collaborative Development Environment launch, offering Italian Public Administrations a medium to co-develop open source applications with other public administrations.
The Commission will define guidelines for IT Public procurement of open source software.