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Software acquisition for Public Administrations

When acquiring software, public entities shall run a comparative evaluation following the process described by the Guidelines.

Such a process privileges open source software (in reuse or third party one) with respect to the acquisition of software covered by end user license agreements, as mandated by the Codice dell’Amministrazione Digitale, indicating the Developers Italia catalogue as the reference platform to run the search.

In case of reuse, it is not necessary to contact the holding administration since the application is publicly available and the open source license regulates the reuse conditions.

An administration which reuses software and makes some modifications or personalizations must release them as open source. This can be done by making sure that such modifications are embedded in the original project or by completely republishing the software - in such case the software will appear in Developers Italia as a variant.

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