[ffii] India shows the way for European Interoperability Framework 2.0

Office FFII e.V. office at ffii.org
Thu Nov 18 01:19:21 CET 2010

[ Europe / Open / Interoperability ]
India shows the way for European Interoperability Framework 2.0

Berlin, Nov 18th 2010 -- India has just adopted an open standards
preference policy. In contrast, the directorates for Internal Market and
Trade recently hindered an adoption of the European Interoperability
Framework (EIF) 2.0 during the European Commission's inter-service
consultations. The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)
and other observers expect a watered down version of the EIF 2.0 to be
released later this year which falls short to enforce Open Standards.

"With its slow pace in delivering effective interoperability policies
Europe falls behind emerging IT-superpowers as India", warns FFII
Vice-President Rene Mages. "Openness of web standards has been a key to
the rapid growth of the World Wide Web. Proprietary or patented standards
lead to lock-in dependency pain and vendor capture."

The Indian policy sets an unequivocal preference for open formats. In
particular, a format would only qualify as truly open under the Indian
policy if it and all relevant patents are made available on a royalty-free
basis for software implementation. The FFII closely follows the European
Commission draft processes on interoperability policies and noticed
attempts of vested interests to water them down.

"The Indian policy based on truly open standards provides the basis for
innovation and growth. Europe should take note of the Indian example and
enshrine strong open standards in its new EIF 2.0", recommends Mages.


Government of India: Policy on Open Standards for e-Governance

Digital Standards Organisation: Definition of Open Standards

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About FFII
The  FFII is a not-for-profit association active in several European
countries, dedicated to the development of information goods for the
public benefit, based on copyright, free competition, open standards. 
More than 1000 members, 3,500 companies and 100,000 supporters have
entrusted the FFII to act as their voice in public policy questions
concerning exclusion rights (intellectual property) in data processing.

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