An Analysis of the Adoption of Open Source Software by Local Public Administrations: Evidence from the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy

International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes (IJOSSP) 2(3), 1-29

65 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2008 Last revised: 21 Jun 2012

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Francesco Rentocchini

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton

Dimitri Tartari

Regione Emilia Romagna

Date Written: July 1, 2010

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

JEL Classification: H83, L86, L17

Suggested Citation

Rentocchini, Francesco and Tartari, Dimitri, An Analysis of the Adoption of Open Source Software by Local Public Administrations: Evidence from the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy (July 1, 2010). International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes (IJOSSP) 2(3), 1-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1141782 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1141782

Francesco Rentocchini (Contact Author)

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton ( email )

University Rd.
Southampton SO17 1BJ, Hampshire SO17 1LP
United Kingdom

Dimitri Tartari

Regione Emilia Romagna ( email )

Viale Aldo Moro 52
Bologna, 40127
Italy

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