Minister: small schools have difficulty with open standards




Bussemaker Minister of Education has, in response to parliamentary questions that especially smaller schools have inadequate attention to software based on open standards. As an example, the Master-called package Silveright that currently needs.

Under the current policy, education institutions primarily responsible for the procurement of software, but the Department uses the so-called ‘comply-or-explain’ principle to. Additionally, when setting a subsidy only for proprietary software when there are reasons of ‘particular importance’ are. If these are not there then it should be for a package that supports open standards or open source nature. Chosen

A survey of 1114 schools to use software that turns according ICTU especially smaller institutions in primary and preparatory education there is a backlog in the implementation of open standards. The minister, in her response thereby concretely the Magister Software as a pain point. This administration package for education requires Silverlight, Microsoft’s proprietary web platform. By using Silverlight is Magister on many operating systems are not usable. According to the minister is this construction has been a vendor lock-in and submit the developers of Magister least a HTML5-based version to come.

Bussemakers going to answer the questions of MPs Gesthuizen (SP) and Oosenbrug (PvdA) in privacy aspects of Magister. In addition, the minister stated that more and more personal data of students in the cloud is stored. Using Magister However, schools continue taking responsibility for security. They are therefore advised to ensure security. These data using known processor agreements with suppliers To gain more insight into the minister promises to be here to launch an investigation. To



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