Sector: #COFOG01 - General Public Services
#isic6202 - Computer consultancy and computer facilities management activities
#isic6209 - Other information technology and computer service activities


The UK Government's Open Standards Principles were first published in 2012 to underline the government’s commitment to the wider use of open standards across government. The were updated in September 2015.


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Open Standards Principles


These principles relate to open standards for software interoperability, data and document formats.
They are for the selection and specification of open standards which can be implemented in both open source and proprietary software.

By implementing the Open Standards Principles for software interoperability, data and document formats, government bodies are supporting the delivery of:

  • a level playing field for open source and proprietary software providers competing for government IT contracts
  • improved flexibility and ability for government to cooperate with other bodies, citizens and businesses
  • more sustainable cost in government IT projects


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Other principles for ICT development in the public-private sphere


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