One inch wide and one inch deep: The role of policies in shaping the adoption of open standards and software in government

Andersen, Kim Normann ; Veit, Daniel J. ; Medaglia, Rony ; Zinner Henriksen, Helle

Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2010
Book title: Electronic government and the information systems perspective : First International Conference, EGOVIS 2010; Bilbao, Spain, August 31 - September 2, 2010; proceedings
The title of a journal, publication series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume: 6267
Page range: 100-107
Conference title: EGOVIS 2010
Location of the conference venue: Bilbao, Spain
Date of the conference: 31.08.-02.09.2010
Publisher: Andersen, Kim Normann
Place of publication: Berlin [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer
ISBN: 978-3-642-15171-2 , 978-3-642-15172-9
ISSN: 0302-9743 , 1611-3349
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Dieter-Schwarz-Stiftungslehrstuhl für ABWL, E-Business u. E-Government (Veit 2006-2013)
Subject: 330 Economics
Keywords (English): Electronic government , Open standards , Public policy , IT governance
Abstract: This paper presents a qualitative and quantitative study on the role of policies in Denmark and Germany in shaping the adoption of open standards and software in government. A comprehensive functionality test, surveys and interviews with suppliers and users in local authorities of both countries have been conducted, together with policy document analyses. While in Denmark open document standards have been bindingly introduced by legislation, Germany adopts a blended top-down and bottom-up approach, only providing recommendations. Although, as a result, it seems that Denmark ranks much higher in the adoption of open document standards, the overall picture is blurrier, as for instance only a small minority of public employees use open source software. The authors also suggest that the need for open standards might actually be overstated, as the rapid adoption of e.g. the PDF document format has made it in practice almost irrelevant.

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