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Red Gealc and Public Software

Red Gealc and Public Software
The Red Gealc, through the Initiative for the Promotion of Regional Public Goods (RPG Initiative) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will coordinate the creation and implementation of a regional Public Software collaborative mechanism. Involved, for the moment, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.
During the last years, ICTs have played a more than relevant role in achieving most of the strategic objectives defined in the Public Sector —for example between 2002 and 2009 Brazil experienced a 227% increase in software federal procurements—.

Such an investment in economic and human resources, in addition to the necessary time to develop, test, stabilize, and implement software, made regional governments to pursue the optimization of their efforts through the development of “Public Software” initiatives, as “software plays a decisive role, and the capacity of public administrations to join efforts aiming at developing, using, modifying and distributing computer systems to facilitate the achievement of the social and government objectives is fundamental” (Primary Background Study on Public Software. Uruguayan Institute of Technical Standards).

The concept of “Public Software” emerged during the first decade of this century, is an extremely effective tool to face that challenge. Brazil was the first Latin American country in implementing it. In 2003 Brazil started working on the first experiences in the matter and was followed by other countries that adapted and adopted the concept in accordance to their realities and diverse degrees of development (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela among others). 

In 2007, Red Gealc with the support of the OAS and the IDRC launched eGobex, the first regional platform for the exchange of applications. It is a tool hat has been operating since 2009 to exchange and transfer e-government applications where national, provincial, and local governments can find solutions and share theirs.

It was possible to confirm that besides the heterogeneous progress of Public Software in the region, one on the main challenges to face for the success and sustainability of such an initiative in the field, lies in how to manage the knowledge created around a Public Software application with the objective of improving its quality and evolving towards new versions of the product in the interest of the State and the society in general.

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