The use of open source software in public administration

In this project COSS produced the document The use of open source software in public administration, which was published as an official Finnish Public Administration Recommendation on February 2009.

The recommendation aims to:

  • lower IT-buyers’ threshold to take advantage of open source software in public sector’s aquirements
  • increase the public sector’s IT-buyers’ knowledge about open source software
  • provide advice on how to solve legal and commercial problems on aquiring the software
  • spread good practices of open source procurement.

The recommendation concentrates in operators within the public administration who purchase or use the open source software.

The recommendation will be published in Finnish only. It is available at


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