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1 1 Open Application & Solution Sharing for Government Re-use of Technology Solutions within Government Dr David Rowe (PhD) Government Solutions Group Microsoft EMEA Sharing Centre User A Open App User B IP Originator User A Open App User B IP Originator Microsoft © Distributed in confidence.

2 2 e-Government Solution Development & observations Microsoft technology is used widely in governments. Microsoft technology is used widely in governments. Duplication of effort exists across many agencies and countries. Duplication of effort exists across many agencies and countries. Sharing exists comfortably within the Government Sector (while commercialisation is not core). Sharing exists comfortably within the Government Sector (while commercialisation is not core). Government’s perceive the ‘open source software’ model as a means of reducing cost Government’s perceive the ‘open source software’ model as a means of reducing cost Indeed, the open software model can be beneficial. Indeed, the open software model can be beneficial.  Openness of standards  Openness of solutions  Collaborative, community-driven development Microsoft can act as a catalyst to implement better solutions and promote solution reuse… openly! Microsoft can act as a catalyst to implement better solutions and promote solution reuse… openly! Microsoft © Distributed in confidence.

3 3 Microsoft’s agenda: be more open and trusted Open standards Open standards  Microsoft has always been a strong proponent and active contributor to open standards  E.g. Web (W3C) and interoperability (XML) standards  Government interoperability e.g. GovTalk Access to Microsoft Source code and sharing of IP Access to Microsoft Source code and sharing of IP  XML Office 2003 reference schemas  Government Security Program (GSP) allows access to MS source code  Royalty free University and Research program  Advanced technology sharing : e.g. Cleartype, Windows file system Open Application Sharing (OAS) Open Application Sharing (OAS)  The greatest gain is in reusing and sharing solutions/applications.  Promoting a community of government, partners, education & developers sharing best practices, IP and solutions  Microsoft provides a strong platform (operating system, applications and development tools) for open application building Microsoft © Distributed in confidence.

4 4 Microsoft is also a significant platform for open solutions… Looking at SourceForge: Looking at SourceForge: SourceForge.net is the world’s largest Open Source software development website, with the largest repository of Open Source code & applications available on the Internet. SourceForge.net is the world’s largest Open Source software development website, with the largest repository of Open Source code & applications available on the Internet. SourceForge.net provides free project and development services to Open Source developers. SourceForge.net provides free project and development services to Open Source developers. Example: UNESCO’s Greenstone application… offered on the Microsoft platform Example: UNESCO’s Greenstone application… offered on the Microsoft platform Looking at projects: Looking at projects: Roughly as many open applications on Microsoft or other commercial OS than not… Roughly as many open applications on Microsoft or other commercial OS than not…  MICROSOFT vs. LINUX Microsoft Linux  COMMENCIAL OS Commercial21175 Non-commercial  ENVIRONMENT Win X11 Applications * Number only approximate and based on a snapshot on 11/11/2003 Microsoft © Distributed in confidence.

5 5 A Microsoft OAS Environment The Open Application Sharing Centre (OASC) The Open Application Sharing Centre (OASC)  A web-based platform allowing access to hosted knowledge and solutions  A community/collaborative environment facilitating the sharing, rework and enhancement of government solutions.  Mechanisms for searching, rating and cataloguing solutions and projects  Could provide a forum for regional partners to contribute and show-case their solutions and capabilities Possible OASC Content: Business IP - business process maps, total cost of ownership reports, project post-mortems Technical IP - XML frameworks, application blueprints, application code, toolkits User A Open App User B IP Originator 1.Originator Submits IP to the Clearing House 2.Originator is able to make use of future developments 3.Originator is notified of details of third party users Open Distribution Feedback loop available if required. User A Open App Sharing Centre User B IP Originator 1.Originator Submits IP to the Clearing House 2.Originator is able to make use of future developments 3.Originator is notified of details of third party users Open Distribution Feedback loop available if required. Microsoft © Distributed in confidence.

6 6 OAS Portal in Holland Microsoft partnered with the municipality of Deventer (Holland) to implement an Open Application Sharing Centre Microsoft partnered with the municipality of Deventer (Holland) to implement an Open Application Sharing Centre   Driven by Deventer’s need  The system specification was developed by Deventer  Based on Microsoft’s core products: Win 2003; Sharepoint; Content Management Server;  Many members and online communities are now active  10 Municipality CIOs have committed to submit apps Microsoft © Distributed in confidence.

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9 9 Effectiveness of the OASC The OASC was originally established in partnership with Deventer. Same with Ireland LGCSB, UNESCO, etc. The OASC was originally established in partnership with Deventer. Same with Ireland LGCSB, UNESCO, etc.  We see the OASC as an asset within the hosting organisation, serving that organisation’s aims. Why do governments and organisations need an OASC? Why do governments and organisations need an OASC?  There are implicit issues with sharing applications amongst communities:  Lack of communication… and trust  The ‘not built here’ mind-set  A key benefit is simply connecting people online, creating discussion forums.  A broader aim is often to implement and share great solutions, even if they are BPR ideas or templates.  Wider distribution & utilisation of solutions is possible as they are promoted on the OASC ‘without borders’ Why the Microsoft OAS platform? Why the Microsoft OAS platform?  Training, skills and support available for Microsoft technologies  The OASC can sometimes provide a ‘more open’ environment  The OASC provides greater security mechanisms  Richer functionality in terms of communities and solutions

10 10 OASC: Layers of functionality Home page Presenting aims, objectives, news, etc… Presenting aims, objectives, news, etc… Community pages Many communities, open or closed Many communities, open or closed Solution pages Solution/IP Collateral Solution/IP Collateral Project pages Solution tasks Solution tasks

11 11 Aims of the OASC for ICTDAR We see the OASC should as a centralised, cross-regional site that would facilitate the sharing of IP, discussion and solutions We see the OASC should as a centralised, cross-regional site that would facilitate the sharing of IP, discussion and solutions The OASC will be a UNDP ICTDAR site: run by ICTDAR for ICTDAR’s constituents The OASC will be a UNDP ICTDAR site: run by ICTDAR for ICTDAR’s constituents The site will be in Arabic to best serve the Arab region. The site will be in Arabic to best serve the Arab region.

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