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Global Dialogue on Exploring the Results of Governmental Open Source Software Policies: Brazil Experience

Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Date:  December 17, 2009

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Event Description in Russian language  

Within the last decade, more than 60 countries and international organizations have developed nearly 275 policy documents related with the use of Open Source in public sector. The rationale behind most of these policy initiatives is the improvement of governance through transparent and effective use of information technology budgets in public sector, as well as economic/engineering benefits of reusable open source software. A majority of these open source initiatives (~70%) have been accepted and final actions have been taken by mid 2008. Suitable business models have been developed to implement these policies and successful public sector solutions based on open source software have emerged.

This learning and knowledge sharing event was organized by the Global Information and Communication Technologies Department (GICT) Department and the ECSPE e-Government Practice Group (e-Gov PG) of the World Bank, in collaboration with the e-Development Thematic Group (e-Dev TG), to explore the results of Open Source policy initiatives and identify lessons learned, and facilitate knowledge transfer among the interested countries and developers of free/libre open source software (FLOSS) solutions.

Currently, 40 client countries are implementing large-scale projects to support public financial management (PFM) reforms through a lengthy and costly process of modernizing existing infrastructure or developing new information system solutions as they seek to improve effectiveness of their PFM practices, reduce corruption, and ensure sustainability of information and communication technology solutions. Similarly, a large number of education, health and other sector projects with substantial ICT components are being implemented in all regions. These meetings are designed to promote knowledge and experience-sharing across member countries to better understand the challenges and opportunities in using FLOSS in public sector reform projects.

Economic and social impact of FLOSS public policies in Brasil.

FLOSS became a central policy for the Brazilian government on October 23, 2003, with the special decree that created the related e-Government committees. There were eight committees, to work on the development of a government strategy, and one of them was the Free Software Implementation Committee (Comitê de Implementação de Software Livre), which had a special focus on migration from proprietary to free software in public sector.

However, the migration experience has shown to be very difficult, with a number of cultural and technical challenges. As a strategic solution, the Ministry of Planning part of the committee decided to focus on new free software development and collaboration efforts, in the interest of the government entities. As a result, the Brazilian Public Software Portal (Portal do Software Público Brasileiro) was created in 2007, as a central repository ( where all the government agencies could collaborate through shared software solutions.

Currently, the Portal is fully operational and there are 34 software solutions in different areas, such as education, health and public administration. Considering only the Federal Government Administration (excluding cities and states), savings in software licenses is estimated to be more than US$ 3,750,000 since 2007. The size of business opportunities created around the software solutions available in the Portal was more than US$ 10,000,000 in 2009, and it is expected that this value added will increase more than 10 times over the next few years.

Mr. Eduardo Santos will present the ecosystem behavior of the Public Software Portal and discuss FLOSS related opportunities and challenges with other countries sharing the same interests, to promote collaboration through an International Public Software Portal.


Topic:Economic and social impact of FLOSS public policies in Brasil
Speaker:  Mr. Eduardo Santos, Project Manager, Ministry of Planning, Brasilia

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Mr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, CEO of WSO2, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mr. Eduardo Talero, Senior Consultant, e-Government, World Bank

ModeratorsCem Dener (ECSPE), Deepak Bhatia (GICT), Samia Melhem (GICT), Oleg Petrov  (e-Development Thematic Group), and Mikhail Bunchuk (Moscow Office)
Countries:Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russian Federation, Albania, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine country offices (+Adobe Connect)
 9:00 -  9:30Introduction and welcoming speeches
 9:30 - 10:00Presentation
10:00 - 10:40Feedback from participating countries
10:40 -11:00Feedback from the discussants
11:00 -11:50

 Q/A session on the following aspects
-  Development of governmental open source policies (actors/approaches)
-  FLOSS applications introduced in public sector (successful cases)
-  Business models to ensure sustainability of FLOSS solutions (ecosystem)

11:50 -12:00Conclusions



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The event is co-sponsored by The Institute of the Information Society (Russia), USTTI/USAID, and many other partners.

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