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  • OFA Invitation - Openness in the Cloud 15th and 23rd of May – Save the Dates

    On behalf of OFA we would like to invite you to two Breakfast Round Tables on “Putting the 'Open' into Open Innovation” for Cloud computing on the 15th and 23rd of May. 

    The debates come as the European Commission is putting the final touches to its long-awaited cloud computing strategy for Europe. The EU recognises that it needs to become not only cloud-friendly, but cloud-active, if it is to take full advantage of the benefits cloud computing offers. This is especially true for Europe's public sector. We believe this is the right moment to debate the merits of a pro-competitive cloud computing environment that is both global and open.

     ROUND TABLE 1:   How Secure is the Cloud?

    When : 15 May 2012, 8.00-10.30, Sofitel Brussels Europe,

    More details     Register here    

     ROUND TABLE 2:   Who do you Trust with your Data in the Cloud?

    When : 23 May 2012, 8.00-10.30, Sofitel Brussels Europe, 

    More details     Register here

    We hope that you will be able to accept this invitation and we are sure that your participation will provide valuable contribution to our discussion, particularly at this sensitive time.


This report addresses the problem how governments should deal with competing standards, that is, two or more functionally equivalent standards, in the context of public IT-procurement. The focus is on (open) committee standards. The research questions are

In the context of public IT procurement, should governments choose between standards that have the same functionality? If so, what factors should be taken into consideration?

Released 6th January 2012


Governments across the world want to save money, indeed they need to save money. At the same time they seek to achieve urgent transformation and reform in their organisational structures - a process that often requires new information systems and data infrastructures.

Released 22nd December 2011


Is it reasonable to require any person or organisation to purchase specific software in order to  be able to communicate with a governmental organisation? This question is at the heart of an ongoing debate in many countries within the EU, because of its implications for accessibility,   transparency, democracy, and fairness in procurement and markets. In this paper we consider  the inability of many Swedish governmental organisations to communicate in open formats,  and report on an investigation into policy formulation which has led to this situation in one sector – local government.

Released 15th April 2011

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