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FOSS Model➲ The call for transparency, accountability and citizen participation in government is compatible with the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) model since they are in- herent in FOSS itself
FOSS Economy➲ Considering the governments limited re- sources and limited budget, FOSS offers a more economical option due to its lower cost of implementation and its alternative business models
FOSS Benefits➲ Freedom of Choice➲ Interoperabilty➲ Reliability➲ Security➲ Fast Deployment➲ Localization
FOSS Availability➲ No need to re-invent or create new ones➲ Tried and Tested➲ SourceForge.net: worlds largest open source software site➲ Freshmeat.net and other specific sites➲ 126 software in health or related to health➲ Philippines has the 8th largest development community for FOSS in the world
FOSS Viability➲ Governments are moving/migrating towards FOSS use with encouraging results➲ Some governments have already included them in their official policies and plans.➲ Examples are European countries, the Unit- ed States and, ASEAN countries like Malaysia.➲ Some Philippine government agencies are also using FOSS and are including FOSS in their programs.
References & Resources1. Open Source Initiative. [http://www.opensource.org/]2. Open Source for America (OSFA).[http://www.opensourceforamerica.org/learn-more/benefits]3. NHIN Connect. [http://www.opensourceforamerica.org/case-studies/nhin]4. Open source infiltrates government IT worldwide.[http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/030108-ossi.html?page=1]5. What is connect.[http://www.connectopensource.org/about/what-is-CONNECT]
References & Resources6. What is SourceForge.net.[http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/sourceforge/wiki/What%20is%20SourceForge.net]7. About Freshmeat.net. [http://freshmeat.net/]8. FOSS4Health: eHealth Applications. [http://www.foss-for-health.org/portal/ehealthapps]9. Overview: Malaysian Public Sector Open Source SoftwareProgram. [http://www.oscc.org.my//content/view/177/183/10. Government Saves RM 200 million through OSS - variouspress media. [http://www.oscc.org.my//content/view/303/128/]
References & Resources11. Malaysian Government has reached 97% OSS Adoption --WOW! [http://www.opensource.org/node/535]12. Open source infiltrates government IT worldwide.[http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/030108-ossi.html?page=2]13. Open source headlines from the Open Government plans.[http://opensource.com/government/10/4/open-source-headli-nes-open-government-plans]14. Open Source, the Recession and the Lower-TCO PromiseBy Jeff Meisner, LinuxInsider[http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Open-Source-the-Reces-sion-and-the-Lower-TCO-Promise-66323.html]
References & Resources15. Boom Time for FOSS by By Katherine Noyes, LinuxInsider[http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Boom-Time-for-FOSS-68044.html]16. Open Source in RP: Ready for Primetime By Jenalyn Ru-bio, Computerworld Philippines[http://www.comunionerp.com/company/news/89-open-source-in-rp-ready-for-primetime]
Addional References & Resources1. FOSS4SME / FOSS Toolkit - Free Open Source Softwareguide for SMEs. [http://fosstoolkit.iosnasean.net/]2. FOSS A General Introduction. FOSS Education. FOSSGovernment Policy. FOSS Licensing. FOSS Localization.FOSS Open Standards. FOSS Network Infrastructure and Se-curity. FOSS Open Content.[http://www.iosn.net/publications/foss-primershttp://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/UNDP-APDIP_Books]
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