Should our government be doing this?
Government of Malta publishes their Open Source Vision.
Malta has announced its position with respect to Open Standards and Open Source Software (OSS) and the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) also presented an Open Source Vision white paper which has the aim of nurturing the proliferation of open source software.
MITA chairman Claudio Grech spoke about the reasons why the government complies with Open Standards and, if it’s the best solution, procure OSS.
“When we procure ICT solutions for the government, we do so with a strategic vision and with long-term planning so we go for the best value for money. It is crucial that where possible and where the business needs are similar, we are able to share and re-use these ICT solutions across the public sector,” said Mr Grech. As a major ICT buyer in the local market, the government cannot afford to have disjointed solutions which require major investment to ensure interoperability later on. “It is essential to reduce costs and risks, avoid paying twice and secure the highest returns on investment,” said Mr Grech.
As I recall, the Maltese education system is based heavy on the English one.