How can open source licensing fit with government ICT procurement?

How can open source licensing fit with government ICT procurement?

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Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

15 Stout Street

Wellington, Wellington 6140

New Zealand

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½ day workshop for LINZ, MBIE and DIA participants to give structured input around guidance notes to help agencies better interpret how the new NZGOAL Software Extension policy (published 20th July 2016) interacts with current ICT procurement practice in the Guidelines for Treatment of Intellectual Property Rights in ICT Contracts.

Your input sought to help:

  • Understand how to make an informed choice to release software resulting from an ICT contract under an open source licence.
  • Understand how to communicate to a supplier that the end software product is going to be made publicly available as open source software (and what both supplier and agency should consider).
  • Consider using open source licences within ICT procurement to grant rights of reuse to the supplier and for wider reuse across government and other sectors.
  • Gain a view of how the two policies (NZGOAL-SE and the IPR in ICT Contracts guidelines) could work together as an end to end process during a procurement process should an agency consider open source licence deliverables.

We aim to ensure this guidance is in plain language to ensure it can be easily put into practice. This is not mean to replace legal guidance or override what is in either the ICT procurement guidelines or the NZGOAL Software Extension. It’s to help users interpret both more effectively.

Please read both polices below prior to attending the workshop.

Note: Copyright Act reform will be out of scope for this workshop. NZGOAL-SE and the Guidelines for IPR in ICT contract both operate within the current legislation as open source software still has an owner with copyright related property rights.

Refreshments and afternoon tea will be supplied.