The Open Technology Foundation (OTF) is an incorporated association working as an agile organisation networking closely with industry partners and research organisations to support governments in the consideration and adoption of open and interoperable solutions and platforms.
The OTF is an intensively collaborative organisation which provides an effective mechanism for governments to:
- share, reuse and co-invest in open technology initiatives across the sector
- have a conduit to experiences in the international government sector
- collaborate with industry and research organisations on mutual priorities
The Objectives of the Open Technology Foundation are to:
- assist members in the development of innovative, cooperative and consistent approaches to the adoption of open technologies
- provide a forum for the exchange of information among members
- represent its members in international sharing alliances with similar peak open technology bodies
- improve access to government markets by small to medium enterprises in the open technology industry
- partner with research organisations in the development of targeted, vendor agnostic research in the field of information technology
- be a peak reference body for members to undertake activities to support governments in the research, evaluation, trialling and uptake of open technologies
Sharing, re-use and co-investment are ideals which the government sector promotes widely. For ICT, this is especially difficult due to the lack of availability of suitable sharing platforms - those built on robust frameworks for dealing with access, legal, privacy and intellectual property considerations.
The OTF achieves effective sharing across the sector through the delivery of four strategic priorities: