Italian Genoa To Use Open Source 'Wherever Possible'

Gijs Hillenius | European Commission (EC) | June 20, 2013

The Italian city of Genoa is increasing its use of free and open source software, aiming to reduce its dependency on IT vendors. "The Municipality will favour the use of free software or open source, wherever possible", Genoa announced last week Friday.

Increasingly turning to free software solutions is a strategic move, the city writes. It will result in cost savings and extend the life span of computer work stations. Genoa's IT department is making available online training modules, where civil servants can familiarise themselves with the use of free software applications.

Genoa announced it will start using the Open Document Format for its electronic documents. "This ensures long-term access to data, without legal or technical barriers. Public administrations are increasingly aware of these issues."