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Study to explore feasibility of free and open source software in e-Gov

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New Delhi: Trivandrum–based International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) and the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore will jointly conduct a study on the use of free and open source software in e-Governance.

The study, to be completed in 18 months, will cover the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Lead Researcher of the joint study Rahul De said.

The study would bring out the extent to which free and open source software is used in government projects, and assess the economics of its use, an ICFOSS statement said.

“There is still wide variation between different states in the deployment of free and open source software.,” De, Hewlett-Packard Chair professor in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Sustainable Economic Development, IIM – Bangalore, said.

Besides a cost advantage, free and open source software comes with other advantages too — user licenses are liberal, and users are free to customise software.

“With the 2012 Government of India Software Policy providing explicit support for free and open source software, it becomes imperative for e-Government applications to consider it,” Rahul De said.

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