Business Models for Open Source Software in the Public Sector
|Coordinator||Linköpings universitet - Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 3 900 000|
|Project duration||July 2008 - June 2011|
Purpose and goal
The objective of this R&D project is practically to develop support for use of open source software (OSS) in the public sector in Sweden, and theoretically, to investigate OSS business models in the public sector from both a buyer and a supplier perspective. The project aims to contribute to an enhanced market situation and new business opportunities for OSS suppliers.
Expected results and effects
Expected results are: -A framework consisting of business models and methods for procurement, development, administration, and service for open source software for customers in public sector (mainly municipalities) and their suppliers (solution providers). -Scientific publications in journals and conferences, and one PhD Thesis. -Knowledge exchange and dissemination between university, municipalities, and ICT companies. -Regional development and competence improvements that lead to increased opportunities for the Swedish ICT industry. -Further and formalized Nordic and European cooperation.
Planned approach and implementation
The project will be conducted by a consortia consisting of the Sambruk Association (with about 80 member municipalities), SALAR, with the competence center Open Sweden and the open software repository Programverket, and researchers in the fields of Informatics, Industrial Marketing, and Industrial Economics and Management at Linköping University, connected to CAM and VITS. Methodologically, both surveys and case studies will be conducted. Project team participants are academic researchers, SALAR IT strategists, Sambruk CEO and Sambruk project coordinator. The project team will eventually also include project managers and administrative personnel of Sambruk and other resource persons at SALAR. The project is a sequel to the established cooperation in Sambruk R&D (2005-2008) and will be conducted in close collaboration with the Sambruk project Dnr 2008-00763.