While the remaining 15 per cent of companies worldwide is expected to deploy open sourced software in less than a year, Gartner warns that majority of firms still lack formal policies for cataloguing and evaluating OSS usage
The U.K. government's Power of Information taskforce has launched a UK$20,000 competition for innovative ways to mash up public information. The taskforce, led by cabinet office minister Tom Watson has opened up mapping data from the Ordnance Survey, medical data from the NHS, neighbourhood statistics from the Office for National Statistics and a carbon calculator from Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
The Cabinet Office has published a range of mandatory measures to prevent a repeat of the data loss scandal that hit HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) last year. Any disc, USB stick or laptop containing sensitive information will have to be encrypted if they are taken out of Whitehall, as part of the government security technical measures published by the Cabinet Office.