[clug] OT: Congratulations Caroline...

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Mon Oct 27 00:38:46 GMT 2008

Fred Pilcher wrote on 27/10/08 10:31 AM:

> I didn't realise that Caroline was a CLUGer. My congratulations, too.
> It'll be nice to have someone with some understanding of the issues in
> high places.
> I hope Caroline has the opportunity to influence policy in a way that
> reduces our reliance on proprietary systems and standards and takes
> advantage of the huge pool of talent that we have in Canberra.
> Cheers,
> Fred Pilcher

One of the simplest things to be done is an administrative matter.

Does the ACT Govt. have a policy + guidelines for placing
software/systems *into* the public domain?
There are no good arguments *against* it.

When that's in place, there is the US Public Money stance [why we have
Perl amongst other things]:

	"If it was funded (developed) with public money, it belongs to the
*public* not to 'us'."

That change in thinking is quite large - don't think it would take
quickly :-/

Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA

sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au http://members.tip.net.au/~sjenkin

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