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An analysis of the adoption of OSS by local public administrations: Evidence from the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy

Francesco Rentocchini and Dimitri Tartari

No 1101, Openloc Working Papers from Public policies and local development

Abstract: The wide diffusion of open source software (OSS) is driving discussion among scholars on a set of issues, including its adoption by public administrations (PA). Previous works only discussed one or a few factors that drive the decision to adopt OSS and did not addressed the potential benefits in terms of e-government that OSS may bring to PA. Our paper attempts to fill these gaps. The analysis is based on the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and studies the adoption of software (both proprietary and open source) by local PA. The results show there is increased adoption of OSS in several different domains of application, both servers and desktop clients. Among the motivations to adopt OSS, only dependence on software suppliers seems to be important. Its adoption also positively affects the variety and extent of interactivity of local public e-services.

Keywords: open source software; public administration; online public services; empirical research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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