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Adopting Open Source SoftwareA Practical Guide$
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Brian Fitzgerald, Jay P. Kesan, Barbara Russo, Maha Shaikh, and Giancarlo Succi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262516358

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262516358.001.0001

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Adoption of Open Standards in Massachusetts

Adoption of Open Standards in Massachusetts

(p.85) 6 Adoption of Open Standards in Massachusetts
Adopting Open Source Software

Brian Fitzgerald

Jay P. Kesan

Barbara Russo

Maha Shaikh

Giancarlo Succi

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the history of the open standards policy in Massachusetts, focusing on the open formats policy. It explains that the open standards policy persisted due to a strong organizational commitment to the policy despite occasional criticism, and identifies issues which affected the adoption of the open standards policy and open source software (OSS). The chapter also discusses the major factors that initiated, pushed, and maintained the adoption of the standards policy including managerial leadership, the relative advantages of open standards, and the trialability of OSS.

Keywords:   open standards policy, open formats policy, Massachusetts, organizational commitment, open source software, managerial leadership, trialability

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