Narrowing the Gap between Open Standards Policy and Practice: The Dutch e-Government Experience

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Interoperability in the public sector can be improved by the use of open standards. Nonetheless, the openness of standards in government policies is debatable. This paper introduces the Dutch government policy on open standards, and will introduce a multi-dimensional view (and model) on openness rather than a one-dimensional strict definition. Applicability of the multi-dimensional model is tested in a case study, which demonstrates that this model has value for standardization organizations active in the government domain. In future cases the model helps in understanding how government-related standardization organizations can influence openness in a situation-specific way and the model therefore narrows the gap between open standards policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationE-Government, E-Services and Global Processes: Joint Ifip Tc 8 and Tc 6 International Conferences, Eges 2010 and Gisp 2010, Held as Part of Wcc 2010,
EditorsMarijn Janssen, Winfried Lamersdorf, Jan Pries-Heje, Michael Rosemann
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-15346-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-15345-7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2010
EventIFIP E-Government and E-Services Conference, EGES 2010 - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 20 Sep 201023 Sep 2010
Conference number: 2010

Publication series

NameIFIP advances in information and communication technology


ConferenceIFIP E-Government and E-Services Conference, EGES 2010
Abbreviated titleEGES
Internet address


  • IR-75388
  • METIS-269546


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