Open standards for government transformation: Introduction

Notes from the OASIS/World Bank workshop on “Open Standards for Government Transformation: Enabling Transparency, Security and Interoperability” in Washington.

Introduction of the viewers worldwide: Ghana, Kenya, Moldova, Russia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania

Outcomes at local workshops discussing the topics in advance:

  • Russia: developments in the last 10 years in the IT sector, quite impressive number of projects; but Russia is lacking behind in open standards & interoperability because there is a lack of guidelines
  • Sri Lanka: discussion open standards especially at the architecture level; how to get more people to apply standards
  • Tanzania: different starting points – issues of vendor/buyer relations, awareness, procurement, legal environment; how to make the local IT industry support the standards; documentation is often inadequate; workgroups for the evolution of standards – contribution of international organizations; raise awareness for the need for open standards; create instruments to empower people; cross border interoperability – ideas: compliance to international standards bodies, interaction between regional bodies, formalizing as quickly as possible

Opening Keynote Session: Open Standards for Government Transformation

Workshop moderator: Randeep Sudan, Practice Leader for e-Government, Global ICT Department, World Bank

Introduction of speakers;

It’s vital to involve developing countries in the process workshop today is part of government transformation initiative – provide a network for developing countries to assist in eGovernment increasingly open standards are getting mentioned a lot.

Welcome and Introduction:

  • Laurent Liscia, Executive Director, OASIS

Very fond of worldwide audience – right question were asked

OASIS – organization which promotes open standards;

open source is not open standards; open source has different versions which don’t interoperate; open standards make sure that everything interoperates;

examples for created standards: ODF (open document format – Star Office, Open Office), ebXML, …

everybody should become a member to profit from these standards and the increased interoperability

  • Han Fraeters, Manager, GDLN/ Knowledge Exchange, World Bank

World Bank Institute – trying to reach more scale by doing things in partnerships, also with business;

trying to change the approach to learning – it’s not only about technical things, but also about social processes;

it’s important to identify the potential and capacities, constraints, the momentum for change; understanding the local conditions is vital to build a reform process

IT is an enabler for change in governments

learning is important – but not the kind which happend in the classroom, but through exchange of experience

  • Randeep Sudan, Practice Leader for e-Government, Global ICT Department, World Bank

if we think of interoperability, organizational issues are as important as technical ones

there is an increasing awareness on open standards – UK has come up with an action plan on open standards, Indian government is also planning on transforming to open standards


Added later (15:32 CET):

  • Philippe Dongier, Manager, Global ICT Department, World Bank

What could be a way to support many countries?

One way to answer: round table with the president of the world bank & business leaders – how to benefit from collaborations with the industry

A network which should be formed here – peer to peer networks of practitioners for various sectors such as eProcurement, identification, … – also with the private sector & organizations such as OASIS

World Bank wants to support these networks with whatever they need to do it right

Initiative: funding to support transforming strategies of governments of developing countries; working with a wide range of countres

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Open standards for government transformation: Introduction
was published on 17.04.2009 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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