Public Funds in the UK: Open Source for Document and Content Management? Will Abson, Alfresco Software Ltd.
Five Years Ago... at Alfresco <ul><li>Alfresco development begins on 4 th  January 2005
First Release Candidate on 12 th  July
First 1.x release on 31 st  October
Use of Open Source methodology was key </li></ul>
What is Alfresco? <ul><li>The Open Source Alternative for Enterprise Content Management
Provides Document Management, Records Management, Web Content Management, Collaboration and more
Community and Enterprise Editions
Active communities world-wide
Built on Open Source components – Spring, Lucene, Hibernate, OpenOffice.org, etc. </li></ul>
Five Years Ago... in Government <ul><li>UK Government publishes Transformational Government agenda </li><ul><li>More on th...
Gives individuals and organisations the right to access this information from any public authority
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Presentation delivered at the British Computer Society event 'Public Funds in the UK: Open Source for Document and Content Management?' in January 2010. The event aimed to bring together a set of
experts from across the technology sector and stimulate discussion on how the public sector use of technology may be improved following recent criticism in the media.

http://ossg.bcs.org/2009/09/20/public-funds-in-the-uk-open-source-for-document-and-content-management-london-070110/

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Public Funds in the UK - Alfresco Presentation

  1. 1. Public Funds in the UK: Open Source for Document and Content Management? Will Abson, Alfresco Software Ltd.
  2. 2. Five Years Ago... at Alfresco <ul><li>Alfresco development begins on 4 th January 2005
  3. 3. First Release Candidate on 12 th July
  4. 4. First 1.x release on 31 st October
  5. 5. Use of Open Source methodology was key </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is Alfresco? <ul><li>The Open Source Alternative for Enterprise Content Management
  7. 7. Provides Document Management, Records Management, Web Content Management, Collaboration and more
  8. 8. Community and Enterprise Editions
  9. 9. Active communities world-wide
  10. 10. Built on Open Source components – Spring, Lucene, Hibernate, OpenOffice.org, etc. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Five Years Ago... in Government <ul><li>UK Government publishes Transformational Government agenda </li><ul><li>More on this later </li></ul><li>UK Freedom of Information comes into effect on 1 st January 2005 </li><ul><li>Deals with access to official information
  12. 12. Gives individuals and organisations the right to access this information from any public authority
  13. 13. Similar legislation implemented in over 85 countries world-wide
  14. 14. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/opensecrets/2010/01/wills_defends_queen.html </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. FOI at Islington Borough Council <ul><li>Approx 4000 staff, 50-100 core records systems
  16. 16. Difficult to process FOI requests </li><ul><li>Example: 419 days to respond to a single request </li></ul><li>Implemented Alfresco as EDRM solution across the organisation </li><ul><li>Project started 2006, Go-Live March 2007 </li></ul><li>Would not have been possible without OSS </li><ul><li>Allowed a solution tailored to the council's needs
  17. 17. Elimination of licensing and CALs </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Barriers to OSS at Islington <ul><li>Resistance to OSS in general </li><ul><li>Concerns over maturity of solutions and supportability
  19. 19. Overcome through education of key stakeholders </li></ul><li>Resistance to changed working practices </li><ul><li>Alfresco's support for Microsoft networking protocols allowed users to continue using shared drive methodology
  20. 20. Overcome through open standards </li></ul><li>More information </li><ul><li>http://www.islington.gov.uk/Council/councilstructure/Access_to_Information/EdrmInThePublicSectorEvent/default.asp </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. UK market in 2010 <ul><li>A few early adopters dominate the UK landscape
  22. 22. Sadly, UK remains 2-3 years behind progress in other territories </li><ul><li>U.S. is strongest single market
  23. 23. Performance in other Western European counties </li></ul><li>But, encouraging signs among public sector and system integrators </li></ul>
  24. 24. Reasons to be positive <ul><li>Updated UK Government procurement policy on OSS, Feb 09 </li><ul><li>Open source to be chosen in preference to proprietary solutions where solutions are equal </li></ul><li>(Leaked) Government ICT Strategy, Dec 09 </li><ul><li>And Conservative “Make IT Better” response... </li></ul><li>Renewed focus on value for money </li><ul><li>IT will be the focus for efficiency savings in 2010 </li></ul><li>“Government 2.0” and Open Data </li></ul>
  25. 25. Value for Money <ul><li>UK has seen fastest increase in level of indebtedness of all G20 countries
  26. 26. Yet spends one of the highest amounts on public sector IT </li><ul><li>IT de-skilling within Central Government
  27. 27. Historical preference of proprietary solutions
  28. 28. Domination of market by a handful of suppliers – 5 top integrators have 80% of market </li></ul><li>More information </li><ul><li>CPS Paper “It's Ours” by Liam Maxwell, RBWM
  29. 29. “ICT Spend in the European Public Sector”, 2005 </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Government 2.0 <ul><li>Defines methodologies for improving service delivery </li><ul><li>c.f. Transformational Government agenda </li></ul><li>Key themes: Transparency, Participation, Collaboration
  31. 31. Utilise Web 2.0 tools such as wikis, blogs, social networks
  32. 32. OSS a common factor </li><ul><li>e.g. http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/innovations </li></ul><li>More information </li><ul><li>http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/08/what-does-government-20-mean-to-you.html
  33. 33. http://www.slideshare.net/timoreilly/gov2-senate </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Open Data <ul><li>Supports objectives of Gov 2.0 </li><ul><li>Transparency, Accountability, Participation </li></ul><li>Growing acceptance of openness as a default </li><ul><li>Climate data released by Met Office
  35. 35. MPs Expenses
  36. 36. data.gov, data.gov.uk, London Data Store
  37. 37. Ordnance Survey data sets consultation </li></ul><li>Cross-party support in UK
  38. 38. Open Source and Open Standards as key enablers </li></ul>
  39. 39. Where are we now? All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) http://www.axicom.com/blog/?p=616
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