[fosscomm] Fwd: Comments on National policy on Open Standards on E-governance

narendra sisodiya narendra.sisodiya at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 04:08:28 PDT 2009


I am sending this letter to
1. Chairman NASSCOM at chairman at nasscom.in
2. Chairman MAIT at Vinnie Mehta <vinnie at mait.com>
3. Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology,
Department of IT, secretary at mit.gov.in

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From: narendra sisodiya <narendra.sisodiya at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 4:36 PM
Subject: Comments on National policy on Open Standards on E-governance
To: secretary at mit.gov.in


To
Shri Shankar Aggarwal
Joint Secretary (e-Governance)
Department of Information Technology
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dear Sirs,

*Sub : Comments on National policy on Open Standards on E-governance*


 I have gone through the 3rd draft (version 2.0) of "National Policy on Open
Standards for e-Governance, dated May 26, 2009" and I am enclosing my
comments after reviewing it.



 *Para 6.1.4 -*
I welcome that the policy document support "Open Standard".

   But as per para 6.1.4 - The final decision goes in the hand of "Apex Body
   on e-governance Standard". This can be a loop-hole where Govt of India may
   follow multiple standards. Policy document must enforce that the decision
   process


   -

   must be transparent and
   -

   "Apex Body" must give decision favoring single standard from the multiple
   competing standards.

 Having multiple standards is not only dangerous but also a self
contradictory term.

*Section 6.2*
In the case of Non-availability of standards, Govt of India must not adopt
any of alternate standard no matter they are temporary, because of following
reasons

   -

   The time period of alternate standard is not defined.
   -

   This may lead to multiple standards on time line. It would be difficult
   to convert data and information between two time periods. Every govt may
   change the standard for temporal basic and would further lead to loss of
   meaning standards.
   -

   In the digital world, standard may not always compatible with each other.
   For example, you cannot convert one file with closed proprietary standard
   into the alternate open standard. If the closed and proprietary standard got
   chosen for a finite time of period, It will be difficult to convert files
   and documents to new open standard in future. This would lead to many
   difficulties.
   -

   As per 6.2.1, 6.2.2 and 6.2.3, relaxing the mandatory conditions will
   dilute the whole standardization process. Standards must be "open" , "patent
   free" and "royalty free". All data of Govt of India belongs of public and we
   cannot store the data on format which is not open or royalty-free.
   -

   If there arise a condition where “Govt of India” is unable to find any
   suitable standard in a particular domain, Govt of India must initiate a
   process of creating a corresponding Open Standard using public reviews and
   RFCs.



 *Section 6.4*
Govt of India must not support multiple standards in particular domains.
There is no meaning of a having standardization process which is itself
leading to more then one standard. Section 6.4 allow multiple standards. The
objections are as follows:

   -

   Adopting multiple standards will complicate the process of “information
   exchange” and “conversion” from one standard to another.


   -

   Adopting multiple standard is as good as having no standard in place.
   -

   There is no limit on number of multiple standards.





 Yours sincerely,

Narendra Sisodiya
Coordinator, Linux User Group of IIT Delhi
Contact - +91 - 9312166995


*Attachment : Comment on policy (odt and pdf file)*
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