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Call for papers : Open standards and public procurement

New OFA research stream - call for papers on Open Standards in government ICT procurement

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The OpenForum Academy (OFA) is pleased to launch a first research stream which will focus on Open Standards in government ICT procurement. Procurement is where policy is put into practice and more rigorous analysis is needed to understand the challenges and opportunities involved.

OFA Fellows and associated academics are invited to submit proposals for research papers in one of two main areas:

  • The impact of Open standards in public procurement on the market

  • The barriers to implementation of an Open standards procurement policy and ways to overcome them

    The deadline for submitting an abstract, which should contain a research question (max 500 words) and notes on methodology, has been extended to end January 2011. The and the final paper is expected to be delivered by end June 2011.

    In addition to a €10 000 grant towards the research project selected to deliver the paper, OFA commits to a number of supporting external communications activities. At an early stage of the research, OFA will organise a roundtable event in Brussels, inviting experts to discuss the proposed research. The results of this roundtable should inform and be referenced in the final paper. Another public event will be scheduled to present the final paper, and will be followed by activities to disseminate the research results further.

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    Please direct any questions and abstract submissions to:
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