Following last year’s tsunami disaster:
Similar issues have arisen during Hurricane Katrina relief operations.
The Solution = Open Standards
Guiding principles: An Open ICT EcoSystem should be Interoperable, User-Centric, Collaborative, Sustainable, Flexible
|Nature||Set of Specifications||Software Code|
|Openness of Interface||By Definition||By Design|
|Interoperability||Enabled||Cannot be Assumed|
|Licensing||Various Types||Various Types (GPL, BSD, etc.)|
Who was involved?
Members from various countries, including one from Canada – Gary Doucet of the Treasury Board Secretariat.
An Openness Maturity Model:
- Level 0 – Mainly Closed
- Level 1 – Ad Hoc
- Level 2 – Open Aware
- Level 3 – Defined and Developing
- Level 4 – Managed Openness
- Level 5 – Measured and Sustainable
Plus – A Framework for a Business Case
Comment: An excellent starting point prior to the development of any regional, national or international web initiative that involves more than one organisation. For instance, the roadmap could inform the initial structure of national learning or health portals.