About Digital Sustainability

What does digital sustainability mean?

Digital resources are used sustainably if their utility for society is maximal, so that digital needs of today’s and future generations can be equally met. Digital needs are met optimally if the resources are open – i.e. accessible to the largest number and reusable being free from technical and legal restrictions. Digital resources entail software programs, data, content, and formats/protocols.

A longer explanation that describes the concept using open data and open source software as examples can be found in the Talks and Texts section, titled: Open Government Data and Free Software – Cornerstones of a Digital Sustainability Agenda.

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