Governments' Open Standards Policy - The Case of Denmark



In post-industrial service-intensive societies informational processes are so critical that governments need to take an active role fostering an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure that creates equal access to and an even distribution of knowledge among citizens and businesses, and ensuring the security of this critical infrastructure (Castells, 1996). Critical infrastructure protection comes with a government policy and action enforcing relevant standards. Efficient government agency-to-business, agency-to-citizen, and cross-agency operations are possible only through a policy formulation including relevant standards and their adoption in government operations ensuring all relevant stakeholders equal access on equal terms to government services each using their preferred standards compliant application. This work reports on salient issues for governments' open standards policy. The aim of the work is to identify important issues related to government policy with regard to open standards and the development of Danish national public ICT infrastructure. Barriers to eGovernment implementations and development of ICT solutions are focal points of this report within the overall idea of a governance framework for open standards and their early adoption.
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