AP to forge ties with MIT for open source software

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The Andhra Pradesh government is forging ties with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, for collaboration in the areas of e-governance, data standards and service-oriented architecture. "MIT will provide funding and technological assistance for developing and promoting different software components including an open source platform," said state IT secretary K Ratnaprabha.

Addressing a press meet on Saturday, she said, as part of the open knowledge initiative, MIT would sign an MoU with Hyderabad-based Institute for Electronic Governance (IEG) on January 9. "MIT has a global endowment fund of $8 billion. However, we are yet to finalise the final details of funding for the project," she said.

According to her, the initiative would help transform e-governance and enterprise systems. "IEG will provide the required manpower and lab facilities for the project," she added.

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