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Adopting Open Source Software

Brian Fitzgerald, Jay P. Kesan, Barbara Russo, Maha Shaikh and Giancarlo Succi

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780262516358
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262298261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262516358.001.0001
Adopting Open Source Software

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Government agencies and public organizations often consider adopting open source software (OSS) for reasons of transparency, cost, citizen access, and greater efficiency in communication and delivering services. This book offers five real-world case studies of OSS adoption by public organizations. The authors analyze the cases and develop an overarching, conceptual framework to clarify the various enablers and inhibitors of OSS adoption in the public sector. The book provides a resource for policymakers, practitioners, and academics. The five cases of OSS adoption include a hospital in Ireland; an IT consortium serving all the municipalities of the province of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; schools and public offices in the Extremadura region of Spain; the Massachusetts state government's open standards policy in the United States; and the ICT department of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. The book provides a comparative analysis of these cases around the issues of motivation, strategies, technologies, economic and social aspects, and the implications for theory and practice.

Keywords: government agencies; public organizations; open source software; OSS; transparency; cost; citizen access; efficiency in communication; delivering services; public sector

Book.  192 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Museums, Libraries, and Information Sciences

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Introduction in Adopting Open Source Software

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Background and Definitions in Adopting Open Source Software

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Hibernia Hospital in Adopting Open Source Software

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Südtiroler Gemeindenverband in Adopting Open Source Software

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FUNDECYT in Extremadura in Adopting Open Source Software

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The Italian Chamber of Deputies in Adopting Open Source Software

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Comparing the Case Studies in Adopting Open Source Software

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