Following a four-month consultation exercise, Cabinet Office has finally been able to formally adopt an Open Standards technology policy across UK government. This is an enormously significant landmark that represents the fruits of several years’ uphill battle, but we are here.
We should celebrate: for citizens who consume public services, taxpayers who pay for them, and for our economy, since UK plc will also benefit. However, make no mistake: now the real work begins. We need to build understanding about the enormous benefits that widespread adoption of open standards can bring, and start debate about the implications of these changes for the way in which organise ourselves across both public and private sectors.
I talk to Computer Weekly a little more about these implications here.
Meanwhile, I suspect there are many communities out there who are celebrating quietly, and who will have a renewed confidence for the future.