Draft of Indian Government's policy on Open Standards in e-governance released

Thanks to Vinay Sreenivasa for letting us know on the ILUGD list:

The government has released a draft version of a Policy on Open standards for e-Governance. It is presently open for Public review.

Please find the policy at the link below- http://egovstandards.gov.in/Policy_Open_Std_review

The policy seems to have some really good points like-

5.1) Mandatory Characteristics:

5.1.1)Selected Standard should be Royalty Free for life time of the standard.

5.1.2)Selected Standard should be developed in a collaborative and consensus manner and not led by a single agency or a small closed group of interested parties

5.1.3)Selected Standard should be recursively open; They shall not use unpublished extensions

As a side note, the website says that it belongs to “IntraGOV Group, NICHQ, National Informatics Centre, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology”. And the site runs on Plone! Nice!

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