Australian open source procurement guide weeks away

Publication of an open source procurement guide for government agencies is not expected until March this year, four months after the early December timeframe flagged by officials last year.

Publication of an open source procurement guide for government agencies is not expected until March this year, four months after the early December timeframe flagged by officials last year.

It is believed the delays to release of the open source guide -- a companion volume to the Commonwealth's Guide to ICT Outsourcing -- are due to the shift of the responsible body, the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), from the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts to the Department of Finance and Administration and the caretaker period associated with last year's federal election.

AGIMO's then general manager of sourcing and security, Steve Alford, said in early September last year a realistic timeframe for completion of the guide was early December.

AGIMO said it was using its own content management system -- successfully built and implemented early last year -- as a test-bed for the issues to be addressed in the guide.

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