Today was Document Freedom Day which is about raising awareness of open standards. The Pirate Party put out a press release, which can be read here. As a Party, we have campaigned for the use of open-source software across the public sector, and improving access to information.
As a council candidate, I would like to see whatever administration runs Glasgow City Council after May make a serious committment to open data. While many councils have an open data policy with varying levels of comprehensiveness, Glasgow’s is nonexistent! Open data can unlock a vast array of possibilities to increase transparency and improve local services, but we need the council to take the initiative to make it available and accessable, and we need councillors who understand the issue.
We could also save significant amounts of money that is wasted licensing proprietary software for by the council by moving to open source alternatives. In a time of budget cuts, this is really something the council can’t afford not to do. If elected I would urge whatever party or parties that form the next council administration to make Glasgow an open source city.