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Free software and comparative evaluation in the Italian Public Administration

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The on-going debate regarding the use of free and open source software in the Italian Public Administration (PA) seems to be coming to a satisfactory conclusion. Italian public administrations are now obliged to give priority to free and open source software. This preference, however, cannot be given without a “comparative assessment”. One of the tasks of the Agency is indeed to establish procedures and criteria that will help to justify their choices in the acquisition of computer programs.

In this light, last January the Agency for Digital Italy (Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale) convened a workgroup for all interested stakeholders, focusing on implementing the new software comparative assessment requirements pursuant to art. 68 of the Digital Administration Code (...