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  4.  <title>FSFE explains the importance of Free Software to the administration
  5. of Region Lazio, Italy.</title>
  6. </head>
  7. <body>
  8.  <h1>FSFE explains the importance of Free Software to the administration
  9. of Region Lazio, Italy.</h1>
  10.  
  11. <p newsteaser="yes" id="introduction">
  12. Last May 23th, the Council of Region Lazio, Italy, approved a Regional Law
  13. on "Reuse of information and public data, and connected initiatives". With
  14. further regulation, methods and technical rules for reusing software will be
  15. determined. In the meantime, we proposed them a checklist of motivations by
  16. which both Institutions and the Community would be advantages by a migration
  17. to systems based on Free Software.
  18. </p>
  19. <h2>
  20. Adaptability, control, support for innovation and economical development.
  21. </h2>
  22. <p>
  23. Free Software can be freely modified. The Public Administration can adapt
  24. him to her needs, how best required, with a flexibility advantage. In
  25. case the PA wouldn't have the necessary human resources, she can demand
  26. the adaptation to local partners, who don't have to refer to any software
  27. vendor. This advantages the local industry and encourages competition among
  28. different developers or providers of IT services: Free Software adoption
  29. allows to foster the development of private economical initiatives, and of
  30. technologically innovative projects. Actually, the freedom to modify software
  31. allows to private economical operators to directly operate on software.
  32. </p>
  33. <h2>
  34. Software Reuse
  35. </h2>
  36. <p>
  37. Free Software is characterized by a type of licence allowing use, analysis,
  38. modification and redistribution of software. Thanks to Free Software, public
  39. authorities can use software already developed, or they can provide their
  40. own solutions to other public authorities. This favours cooperation among
  41. different entities, and allows to save on public resources, assigning them
  42. to developments to improve software features. Indeed, problems faced
  43. by different organisms tend to be similar, and can be solved efficiently
  44. with a common effort.
  45. </p>
  46. <h2>
  47. Absence of licensing costs
  48. </h2>
  49. <p>
  50. The use of Free Software allows public authorities to nullify licence
  51. costs. This does not mean that adopting Free Software is a costless
  52. choice. Implementation, adaptation, technical support, maintenance, staff
  53. training are activities which generate costs. A part of those costs are to
  54. be faced also in case of choice of a proprietary solution, but given its
  55. flexibility and the free competition among suppliers, Free Software will be
  56. by far the more cost-effective choice in the long run.
  57. </p>
  58. <h2>
  59. Support for innovation
  60. </h2>
  61. <p>
  62. The freedom to study and modify software favours innovation and
  63. cooperation among citizens and institutions. Free Software introduces
  64. a model of conduct based on solidarity and civic commitment.
  65. </p>
  66. <h2>Links</h2>
  67. <p><a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/alessandro.polvani/2012/07/30/lettera-alla-regione-lazio-perche-il-software-libero-e-la-soluzione-per-la-pa/">Original text of the letter (Italian)</a></p>
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