|Does your legislation encourage the use of open specifications and common standards across public administrations?||-||In general, the market is considered as leading when it comes to standards. While DPER is responsible for general ICT policy, and has put in place central initiatives or services that facilitate interoperability, specific technology implementations are the individual responsibility of public bodies.|
|Does your legislation encourage interoperability between public administrations?||-||There is no specific legislation. However, DPER intends to prepare a National Interoperability Framework in line with the Action 41 of the national eGovernment Strategy, eGovernment 2012-2015 and the Digital Agenda for Europe.|
|Are you using open source software?||-||Ireland has a procurement policy for the acquisition of all ICT products and services. A procurement exercise must be undertaken based on functional requirements for all software, i.e. not a specific technology brand. The evaluation of such a procurement exercise is conducted on as close to a total cost of ownership (TCO) model as possible and at a minimum includes the following costs: licensing; arising hardware upgrades/ renewals/replacements; IT and user training; support and maintenance; planning, testing and migration; external expertise; and exit costs. Decisions on which software to use are based on an analysis of functionality, available support, overall lifetime value for money, compatibility with the existing environment, compliance with applicable standards, and other considerations. Naturally, the form that such an analysis takes will very much depend on the size and complexity of the deployment; one would probably employ a very different methodology and level of formality in deciding on the appropriate software for a small agency as opposed to a large central Department with thousands of staff. However, in every case the purchasing decision will involve a procurement exercise. On the specific issue of open source software policy, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s view is that the appropriate basis for making decisions about software is through robust analysis, open procurement and compliance with underlying open standards, rather than mandating the use of a particular software licence.|
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