|A Local 2020 Summit: Foundations of Open: Technology and Digital Knowledge was conducted in Canberra at The Australian National University on Thursday 3 April. |
The Local Summit was co chaired by Senator Kate Lundy and Tom Worthington FACS HLM, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, ANU and Director of Professional Development, The Australian Computer Society. The Local Summit was opened by Professor Lawrence Cram, Acting Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University.
Open source is developing as an industrial and innovation policy strategy in many advanced economies and in the Asia/Pacific region. China and India have invested in open source infrastructure. Open Source software now powers many of the world's largest computing systems and more than 5.5 billion electronic devices worldwide. A number of major Australian Government systems operate using open source software, including the National Archives of Australia electronic archive.
By strategically applying open source principles to public IT procurement, governments have sought to create a virtuous cycle in which they:
Australia has an opportunity to realise long term economic and social benefits by building a platform that allows individuals and businesses to innovate and collaborate more effectively. According to an EU study, increasing the open source share of software from 20 per cent to 40 per cent would lead to a 0.1 per cent increase in annual EU GDP growth, excluding benefits within the ICT industry itself.
Presentations at the Local 2020 Summit were provided on:
Separate submissions to the national 2020 Summit are being made by each of the Local 2020 Summit presenters.
Recommendations to the national summit cover a diverse range of areas including intellectual property, patent and copyright laws, standards and protocols, government procurement and charging arrangements, open source licensing of software developed with public funds, access to geospatial data, open educational software and access to live television broadcast rights for educational institutions.
Presentations and video from the Local Summit are available at ../
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