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The [UK] Government will:
- Consider OSS solutions alongside proprietary ones in IT procurements. Contracts will be awarded on a value for money basis;
- Only use products for interoperability that support open standards and specifications in all future IT developments;
- Seek to avoid lock-in to proprietary IT products and services; and
- Consider obtaining full rights to bespoke software code or customisations of commercial off the shelf (COTS) software it procures wherever this achieves best value for money.
The UK Government champions open standards and interoperability through the e-government interoperability framework (e-gif).
"We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement."
-- Richard J. Daley