For governments looking for cutting edge, open source messaging solutions, the recent action by the OASIS standards consortium to approve the Advanced Message Queueing Protocol (AMQP) Version 1.0 is a major development.
The need for cutting edge, mission critical messaging options is arising in a variety of contexts: it is a key component to interoperable 'smart grid' frameworks, as well as 'cloud' solutions.
The AMQP specification is available on a royalty-free basis, and grants access to necessary technologies contained within the AMQP Specification download, removing the need for any separate step to apply for a license. This approach is specifically meant to encourage open source implementations of AMQP, in addition to proprietary implementations. As such, it is quite consistent with initiatives by governments to utilize 'open standards.'
Already, AMQP is being used by US Government agencies to achieve their goals. The CTO of the US Customs & Border Patrol, Wolf Tomb, just last month described how his agency is using AMQP as a critical mission implementation to migrate their key customers from legacy messaging system onto a high performance, open standard-based information sharing platform. His presentation can be found at: http://www.slideshare.net/FedScoop/wolf-tombe-preso. (The AMQP specific slides start at slide 7.)
Also, the US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) (an agency within the US Department of Transporation) has incorporated AMQP as an essential transport protocol as part of its Positive Train Control (PTC)/Interoperable Train Control Communication System (ITCC) initiative, named as one of the "most wanted" initiatives for national transportation safety.
Meanwhile, in Europe, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM), which seeks to have all European air traffic partners operate and have contemporaneously the same integrated Air Traffic Management information, has also incorporated AMQP in its information infrastructure framework.
And in the area of big data, cloud, and management of literally 'oceans of data', AMQP has enabled the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) and its accompanying Cyberinfrastructure Program. The OOI is a large, US National Science Foundation project intended to build a platform for ocean sciences with an operational life span of 30 years.
With the formal adoption of AMQP v1 by OASIS, I suspect we’ll see additional examples emerge in the coming year utilizing this open source technology reflected in this new open standard.