Sfeerbeeld Manifest Open Standaarden
  • Published on Thursday, November 3, 2016

Open standards: apply or explain

Digital information is stored and shared according to a specific specification. To ensure that different ICT systems can read and process the same information, these specifications are standardized. Open standards are free of license rights and can therefore be used by all software suppliers. With the use of open standards, information is accessible, interchangeable and future-proof. What does Seneca do with Open standards?

The usefulness of open standards

Seneca has been behind the use of open standards for years. Open standards make it possible, for example, to enrich content in our products with content from other ICT systems and to make the result available again to other applications. Consider, for example, the pre-completion of an online form and the continuation of a completed form, so that the settlement can take place automatically.

Mandatory use of open standards

The application of open standards is only mandatory for organizations within the public sector. Although it is not compulsory for other organizations, the use of open standards obviously offers the same benefits. A 'comply or explain' obligation applies to organizations within the public sector. In concrete terms, this means that when purchasing ICT systems or services with a value higher than € 50,000, they must ask about the relevant open standards. Does a public organization choose not to apply an open standard? Then this is only permitted if it includes accountability for this in its annual report ('explain').

Open source or Open standard?

There are many misunderstandings about open standards. One of them is the misunderstanding that open standards are the same as open source. Nothing is less true. Open source software means that the source code of the application has been released. Whether this code uses standardized specifications (Open standards) is still the question. Applications such as Smartsite and Seneca's Forms Server are closed source, which means that the source code is protected and only updated by professionals. Open standards are frequently applied and supported within this. As a result, content that you create and manage in our software is accessible, interchangeable and future-proof.

Supplier manifest

Seneca promotes the interoperability of the Digital Government as a supplier. In the development, further development and delivery of ICT products and ICT services, we conform to the open standards of the National Council. In order to record this, Seneca signs the supplier manifesto of Forum Standardization.

In her products and services, Seneca uses and supports the following open standards:

  • CSS
  • CSV
  • IPv6 and IPv4
  • HTML
  • HTTP(S)
  • PDF
  • SAML
  • JSON
  • LDAP
  • SOAP
  • StUF
  • Web Guidelines
  • XML
  • XSLT

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