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Re: IT procurement for eGov, transparency case studies

From: Holm, Jeanne M (1760) <jeanne.m.holm@jpl.nasa.gov>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:30:52 +0000
To: "<paoladimaio10@googlemail.com>" <paoladimaio10@googlemail.com>
CC: "eGov IG (Public)" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
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Great idea we'll make sure these ideas of eprocurement are included in the roadmap discussions.

Jeanne Holm
Evangelist, Data.gov<http://Data.gov>
General Services Administration

On Jun 24, 2012, at 4:59 AM, "Paola Di Maio" <paola.dimaio@gmail.com<mailto:paola.dimaio@gmail.com>> wrote:

One of the eGov hot topics is ''IT procurement" that is, how do Government
select the  software that supports the electronic side of their operations. this is not just repositories
for open data, but all sorts of kit.

Some References in this report:
Government and IT - "a recipe for rip-offs": time for a new approach

One of the projects I am working on at the moment, involves mapping, with documentation
(as documentary evidence), for each eGovernment initiative, how the IT resources
are secured.

Murky field of inquiry.

just to start off, I  consulted the UK government last year, including issuing FOI requests, about the procurement, of CKAN for example,  particularly wanted to learn what was the original spec /requirements for CKAN, and what kind of funding was granted, based on what agreement/tender. however,  I was unable  to access any document available, including no contract between the UK government and OKFn for the development of CKAN, although there is some evidence of moneys having been exchanged between the UK Government and OKFn for the purpose of funding CKAN development. Does anyone have any info?

I am gathering  the same for each EU country, but the respective eGov iniaitives so far seem to
be cagey its not just the UK which is giving me the cold shoulder on this, and sometimes they simply say that there is no such thing as an IT procurement process for eGov at all, or simply decline to answer.  how can this be? aren't government spending, or planning to spend tons of public money to purchase the egovernment infrastuctures? how can this be done under the table?

I would be interested to
1. learn what other group members may know/think about the issue
2.  does anyone know if the transparency laws and access to info and open data initiatives in the EU cover such things as IT procurement data for egov?
3.  is anyone interested in collaborating in this effort? how do we propose the topic for development to this group.

seems relevant



An example of a Procurement life cycle can be summarised as follows, but it can take a variety of
different steps, some of which are 'decisions'

Information gathering/requirements
Supplier contact:
Background review:
Consumption, maintenance, and disposal:
Additional Step
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