Although open source is finally gaining ground, the UK’s public sector is leading from behind when compared to the US and many parts of Europe. UK public sector accountability is high and IT leaders must be confident that projects will adhere to security, accessibility and flexibility requirements.
The good news is that there are now many inspiring and proven open source success stories in some of the UK’s highest profile organisations. At the Open Gov Summit, you learn how the Government Digital Service, The Home Office and the Met Office have improved operations and saved money with open source technology.
We’ll also be sharing anecdotes from farther afield. In 2009, the White House chose open source platform Drupal to build a collaborative website with the ability to elicit and manage feedback from citizens. If the most powerful voice on the international stage is prepared to trust an open source platform, surely it’s worth a look-in?
Open Gov Summit is founded on the open source principle that good ideas come from everywhere. In order to make IT sustainable in the public sector, we must fundamentally rethink how we orchestrate and create value. I hope you will join us to add your good ideas to the conversation and take part in what promises to be a stimulating and educational day!
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