Open Source and Open Standards: A New Frontier for Economic Development?

Ghosh, Rishab Aiyer and Schmidt, Jan Philipp (2006). Open Source and Open Standards: A New Frontier for Economic Development?. UNU-MERIT Policy Brief. United Nations University.

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    Author Ghosh, Rishab Aiyer
    Schmidt, Jan Philipp
    Title Open Source and Open Standards: A New Frontier for Economic Development?
    Series Title UNU-MERIT Policy Brief
    Publication Date 2006
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 7
    Abstract There are compelling reasons why technologically advanced and developing countries alike should adopt open source software as part of their ICT policies. In addition to the obvious cost advantages, recent studies of free/libre/open source (FLOSS) communities demonstrate that the process of learning and adapting software enables users to become ‘creators of knowledge’ rather than mere passive consumers of proprietary technologies. This Brief discusses the economic benefits of investing in open source software and points out some key factors that governments should take into account when defining “Open Standards” to govern technology transfer and enhance access to public information for all citizens.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2006
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 18148026
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