Influencing Government Policy on Open Standards


The UK Government has been working on the development of a policy on use of open standards.  A formal public consultation focused on open standards for software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT requirements and sought evidence to inform:

  • the definition of open standard in the context of government IT;
  • the meaning of mandation and the effects compulsory standards may have on government departments, delivery partners and supply chains;
  • international alignment and cross-border interoperability.

This consultation was launched on 9 February 2012 and will scheduled to closed on 3 May 2012 (although the closing date was subsequently extended until 4 June 2012).

UKOLN ISC has giving feedback on the initial survey an the open standards consultation document.


Work started: 9 Feb 2011

Planned completion date: 3 May 2012

Actual completion date: 25 April 2012


This work involved reading documents published by the UK Government, responding to the documents and encouraging involvement from others within the UK higher and further educations sector.


The outputs of this work were:

This work was also mentioned in the JISC Daily News Update, 27 April 2012.


This work was led by Brian Kelly.

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