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UNDP, IBM and Oracle to Help APAC Countries adopt Open Computing Standards

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——– Forwarded Message ——–
> From: christine@apdip.net
> Reply-To: FOSS – Policy and Development Implications
> Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 21:55:09 +0700
>
> UNDP, IBM and Oracle to Help Asia-Pacific Countries Create Strategies
> and Policies for Adopting Open Computing Standards

> BANGKOK, 19 December 2006 – United Nations Development Programme
> (UNDP), IBM and Oracle today announced a joint research initiative to
> help Asia-Pacific countries share and create strategies, blueprints
> and policies for adopting the right blend of open standards and
> technology services. The goal will be for more countries to develop
> universally compatible applications and networks to make internal and
> external government services and transactions more automatic,
> affordable and efficient.
>
> The UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (UNDP-APDIP)
> will facilitate the development of Government Interoperability
> Frameworks (GIFs). Many countries around the world have developed GIFs
> to guide the development of government-wide systems and policies that
> permit electronic transactions and data and information exchange to
> take place seamlessly across agencies and jurisdictions.
>
>
> Today, many e-Government initiatives show that new systems are very
> often developed from scratch at both central and local levels. New
> systems are developed with specifications and solutions that match
> goals and tasks relevant to a particular administration, but without
> adequate attention to surrounding government institutions and
> information and communications technology (ICT) systems. The result is
> a patchwork of ICT solutions that are not always compatible with each
> other, reduced efficiency and duplication of effort.
>
> UNDP-APDIP, IBM and Oracle, together with the International Open
> Source Network (IOSN), have teamed up to conduct a thorough review of
> how governments in the region and beyond are promoting efficient,
> government-wide sharing of information and data by focusing on
> automatic technology services provided by computing networks, rather
> than individual technologies. For instance, this project will examine
> how existing GIFs are focused on a service-oriented architecture.
>
> The objective is to identify promising practices around
> interoperability, then document case studies of those practices in
> action, and ultimately develop and recommend guidelines. Over the next
> year, UNDP-APDIP will hold workshops to share experiences and findings
> of the project with interested groups, and publicly release studies
> and reports at various stages of the project.
>
> “UNDP believes that interoperability based on open standards reduces
> vendor lock-in and consequently reduces costs, ensures data and
> application longevity, and most importantly, simplifies technology for
> citizens and governments,” said Shahid Akhtar, Programme Coordinator
> of UNDP-APDIP.
>
> “The governments involved in this exciting project have a unique
> opportunity to find out how they can make a real difference for their
> citizens,” said Bob Sutor, IBM’s Vice President of Open Source and
> Standards. “IBM is pleased to participate in this initiative, share
> what we know, and share what we have learned from others that have
> adopted a neutral and truly open approach to their computing
> infrastructure.”
>
> “Oracle is pleased to join with UNDP-APDIP and IBM on this important
> initiative that will help ensure governments obtain maximal benefit
> from their investments in ICT systems,? said Dr. Donald Deutsch,
> Oracle?s Vice President of Standards Strategy and Architecture, ?Open
> Standards provide the key foundation for interoperability of ICT
> systems and enable efficiency and innovation in enterprises of any
> size.”
>
> Further information will be announced on
> http://www.apdip.net/projects/gif as and when it becomes available.

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Written by syazli7

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 at 11:57:08 +0800

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