The Government has launched a consultation on use of open standards in IT:
The Government is therefore seeking to:
* give citizens and businesses a choice in the software they use when accessing government information and services;
* reduce lock-in to a particular vendor or product;
* reduce the cost of IT through a more competitive and diverse market and sustained commercial leverage; and
* improve software interoperability and sharing of data and documents across government boundaries.
I imagine this will be of some interest to quite a few people here. Does anyone (other than me, who doesn't know much about any of this stuff) want to take the lead on this (deadline is June-ish)?