Free and open source software in the Italian public administration: fundamental law principles

an article by Simone Aliprandi and Carlo Piana

published on International Free and Open Source Software Law Review - Vol. 5, No. 1 (2013)

license: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 UK: England & Wales

the article is available HERE (html and PDF)


We take a first reading of the recent modification to the fundamental law that governs the digital aspects of the Public Administration in Italy. Said modifications require Public Administrations to prefer internally made solutions and FOSS solutions over proprietary ones, mandate an increased degree of interoperability and strengthen open data.

1. Free and open source software, as well as in-house made or ad-hoc developed solutions or reused software, takes precedence by law (first reform)
2. Second reform: enter the cloud option, some refinement
3. Some comments about the criteria and the role of the Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale
4. Interoperability as a mandatory goal
5. A new “open format” definition and the “open by default” principle in PSI
6. Conclusions and perspectives

Italian law; information technology; Free and Open Source Software; public administration; e-government; public sector information; reuse of software programs; open by default; open data;

How to cite
This article should be cited as follows:
Aliprandi, Simone and Piana, Carlo (2013) 'FOSS in the Italian public administration: fundamental law principles', International Free and Open Source Software Law Review, 5(1), pp 43 – 50
DOI: 10.5033/ifosslr.v5i1.84