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Dutch government actively contributes to Apache open-source software

26-05-2014 | English

The government of the Netherlands actively contributed to the further development of Apache™ CXF™ open-source software by commissioning support for Web Services Reliable Messaging (WSRM) 1.2, included in the new Apache CXF 3.0 release. This provides greatly enhanced interoperability for exchanging messages with other software packages. Many organisations in the Netherlands and abroad use WSRM 1.2, but this new version was previously not supported by the widely used Apache CFX.

Dutch government shares e-development

Users of Digikoppeling pointed out the importance of adapting Apache CXF software for WSRM 1.2. The government information systems use Digikoppeling to exchange messages; WSRM enables them to exchange messages in a reliable way.

This is why Logius, the digital government service, commissioned one of the developers of Apache CXF, Sosnoski Software Associates, to adapt the software. Tom Peelen, lead architect at Logius: Logius is financed by communal funds. It is therefore important that these funds are spent for the benefit of the community. By releasing the software under an open-source licence it can be used freely by other parties.

Good for Dutch and European e-government and for businesses

The support of WSRM 1.2 is good news for European projects, such as the large-scale Peppol project in which the European Union member states develop computerised procurement systems based on Apache CXF and WSRM 1.2. Businesses in and outside Euope also benefit as they widely use Apache CXF and WSRM. Dennis Sosnoski, director of Sosnoski Software Associates: I greatly encourage this type of co-creation projects. It is good to see that high-value and widely useable software can be developed as an open-source solution against extremely low costs, whereas the products would be very expensive otherwise.

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