Futuresoft was part of the consultants who worked on the Standards Framework for Nigeria. Our work focused on a volume on open standards. Below is an excerpt of the executive summary of our document.

"The following document provides both conceptual and technical specifications and guidelines on the use of open standards for the Nigerian private and public sectors. These open standards are being used to support the development of more effective and efficient public and private services in many continents today. It is hoped that through vigorous research, adaptation and collaboration the same effects will be realised here in Nigeria.

 

One of the overall aims of this document is to enable different entities (public and private) that use IT systems and applications to communicate and interoperate more efficiently and effectively with one another. For this to take place there must be a common standard. Even more valuable would be the implementation of a common “open standard” which would mean no fees/royalties, greater extensibility and no vendor lock in, hence the growing adoption of these standards worldwide.

In reflection of this, this document mainly consists of open standard specifications, but where none exist the de facto or industry created standard are mentioned or recommended. This open standards document consists of two main areas; Open standards – Specification and recommendations and Open standards – Guidelines for implementation.

The open standards section reviews the importance of such standards, the benefits they provide and finally gives specifications and present recommendations. In as much as possible we have attempted to study recent open standard development trends and ensure that recommendations being made fit in with Nigeria’s long term goals with regards to e-government and interoperability.

We believe this document itself is “open” in that all relative parties (private companies, government and decision-makers) have been and will continue to be involved in its development. Ownership is thus shared by all and complete transparency adhered to in order to ensure greater overall interoperability and conformity to open or de facto standards where adopted.

Suggestions and critical comments will continue to be included in the update of this document. This will allow sharing of knowledge from different lines of business and help develop sustainable solutions beneficial to all stakeholders individual."

NITDA ensures that the opinion of the general public and stakeholders is incorporated into all frameworks published by the agency, thus we organized two Stakeholder Workshops in Lagos and Abuja. The workshop primarily focused on presenting our work and findings and discussing the implications and framework with the general public.

Kindly click here to download a PDF version of our presentation.

You can also visit the official stakeholders website which features all other presentations on http://e-testing-hub.com/nitda/.