GOV.UK - About using open standards

Created By:  Magnus Smidak
Last updated: 03 May 2024

Guidance on meeting point 4 of the technology code of practice by using/purchasing open standards when considering spend.

This emphasises the importance of employing open standards in technology development within the public sector, as outlined by the Central Digital and Data Office. It differentiates between open source software and open standards, highlighting how open standards foster interoperability, save time and money through reuse, increase compatibility, and prevent vendor lock-in. The document advises on building and buying technology that adheres to open standards, including following the Technology Code of Practice and considering open standards in procurement processes. It also encourages suppliers to align their products with these standards to enhance government technology projects' flexibility and interoperability.

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