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OSEPA Open Source Policy Statement

Organisation:District council of the municipality of Alingsås, Alingsås, Västar Götaland, Sweden

In August 2009 the district council of the municipality of Alingsås decided to replace Microsoft Office with OpenOffice as standard office application and also to adopt ODF and PDF file formats as document formats for documents in a workflow and for fixed documents respectively. The main motive to migrate to open source was the reduction of software procurement costs by the replacement of MS Office with OpenOffice and the autonomy from software proprietary vendors. "The municipality of Alingsås joined with other municipalities a public call to the vendors of software for Swedish municipalities." The municipality asked from suppliers of municipal management system to open up their applications for the open standard and drop the hard links to Microsoft Office. A joint letter, dated in February 2009, from a number of municipalities to the system vendors requires transparency: http://www.kivos.se/openoffice/skrivelse-om-oppenhet-till-leverantorer

Software components / licenses:The open source components used by the municipality of Alingsås and the local schools were OpenOffice and OpenClipart. No modification of the source code was made and the license granted was GNU Lesser General Public License. The proprietary software used was ZENworks and MSI packets for the installation of OpenOffice.

Main results /achieved objectives

  • Strategic independence from vendors lock-in
  • Reduction of procurement costs

Perspectives:In the municipality of Alingsås and in the local schools, they keep on using OpenOffice and adopting ODF and PDF standards, as standard document formats, and the perspective for the next years is to endure the usage of the aforementioned OSS components.

Contact / info: Mr. Göran Westerlund, goran.westerlund@alingsas.se www.kivos.se