Adopting Open Source Software

Adopting Open Source Software

A Practical Guide

By Brian Fitzgerald, Jay P. Kesan, Barbara Russo, Maha Shaikh and Giancarlo Succi

A rich case-study analysis of open source software adoption by public organizations in different countries and settings.





A rich case-study analysis of open source software adoption by public organizations in different countries and settings.

Government agencies and public organizations often consider adopting open source software (OSS) for reasons of transparency, cost, citizen access, and greater efficiency in communication and delivering services. Adopting Open Source Software offers five richly detailed real-world case studies of OSS adoption by public organizations. The authors analyze the cases and develop an overarching, conceptual framework to clarify the various enablers and inhibitors of OSS adoption in the public sector. The book provides a useful resource for policymakers, practitioners, and academics.The five cases of OSS adoption include a hospital in Ireland; an IT consortium serving all the municipalities of the province of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; schools and public offices in the Extremadura region of Spain; the Massachusetts state government's open standards policy in the United States; and the ICT department of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. The book provides a comparative analysis of these cases around the issues of motivation, strategies, technologies, economic and social aspects, and the implications for theory and practice.


$40.00 X ISBN: 9780262516358 192 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 6 b&w illus.


  • This is the first systematic, book length treatment that provides the knowledge and insight that arises from a careful comparative study of OSS adoption in different public sector organizations. Required reading for anyone involved in OSS research, and highly recommended for those who determine whether OSS is a viable, new way of adopting, implementing, using, and sustaining modern software systems.

    Walt Scacchi

    Institute for Software Research, University of California, Irvine

  • With budgets under pressure almost everywhere, many organizations may want to explore alternative software procurement strategies. Adopting Open Source Software provides a very accessible and timely account of the experiences of public sector organizations in the EU and U.S. who have explored one of the alternatives: the adoption of open source software.

    Matthijs den Besten

    Research Fellow, Chair in Innovation and Regulation, École Polytechnique