||OPEN SOURCE: relevant aspects in the institutional use and corporate contexts
||09:30 - 13:30
||Document editors, spreadsheets, databases, operating systems,
specialized applications, HTML browsers and active pages and more:
over the years the development of SW tools for the mentioned
applications has been profitable and has led to the emergence of
both proprietary technologies and technical and commercial reasons
have gained vast portions of the market, both alternative tools,
according to different but equally interesting paradigms, mainly
based on the availability of the associated source code most of the
times to a gratuitousness of the SW itself.
This has produced considerable interest from large public and private
organizations that have seen the possibility of containing purchase
and operating/maintenance costs and in-house management (always
at the expense of a dedicated organizational unit) facilitated by the
availability of the source code.
The range of offers in this field is very wide and has led to some
confusion in the use of terms associated with Open Source: Free,
Open Standard, Open Data. In reality the choice requires an in-depth
reflection on the part of the users to analyze their operational
requirements and aspects such as: the degree of compatibility with
the de jure and de facto standards most established in the market
starting from single successful applications; the availability of an
adequate number of qualified operators for the management of
evolutionary and corrective maintenance; compliance with the criteria
of cyber security both for the application code and for the intrinsic
security criteria of the architectural structure.
Furthermore, in the evaluation of costs/benefits, it is then necessary
to take into due consideration the legal and industrial property
aspects linked to the use licenses and not least the level and skills of
the organization's staff.
On the other hand, if there were resources and skills available, it is
obvious that the availability of an application's source code, and
above all the free re-distribution, facilitates the reuse of solutions of
common interest, as hoped by the public administration, potentially
triggering a virtuous circle of updating/evolution of the solution itself.
Finally, these general considerations must be considered case by
case depending on the application context: an operating system
rather than a database, an office system or a specialized application
do not have the same criticality and above all have proprietary
alternatives and Open of different quality and solidity.
As a tradition of the AFCEA Chapter of Rome, the conference aims to
share the experiences of stakeholders both in the institutional field
and in the industrial field to the common factor of the members and
of the entire audience.
||Open Source, vulnerability, open data, Document editors, spreadsheets, databases, operating systems,
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