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Mark Taylor - Open Source Consortium

The State of the Nation - Bringing F/L/OSS to the UK Government

The UK is widely perceived to be behind the rest of Europe in Public Sector adoption of Free Software. But does the perception equal the reality?

Are our Councils actually interested in the benefits Free Software can bring to them, or are they merely "doing a Newham" to get big discounts from Microsoft?

Does the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministers eInnovations funded 'Open Source Academy' signal an opening of the flood-gates for F/L/OSS in the UK at long last?

Who's next - The eGovernment Unit, Becta, OGC, DTI?

The talk will be an insider's view on the State of the new UK F/L/OSS Nation from the founder of the Open Source Consortium and our primary negotiator with Government for the past two years.

With 'Open Source' representative status on the Open Source groups of Socitm, the eGovernment Unit and the ODPM, Mark *is* the interface between the Government and the emerging F/L/OSS 'pure-play' industry in the UK.

This is the real story...


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