Recommendation 3

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Recommendation 3 | Principle 2: Openness

Ensure a level playing field for open source software and demonstrate active and fair consideration of using open source software, taking into account the total cost of ownership of the solutions. 


List of all available solutions that implement this recommendation
Communication and Information Resource Centre for Administrations, Businesses and Citizens
CIRCABC is distributed as open source on the GitHUB platform. When using CIRCABC, Member States, Businesses, Citizens and European Institutions ensure the use of open source and avoid vender lock-in. 
CISE node
The CISE node interfaces are public and both CISE data and service model as well as any supporting documents are accessible from public websites. 
The eDelivery building block puts forward and provides an open source software implementation of AS4, an open specification for secure exchange of data. This can be reused by any organisation throughout Europe. 
eTrustEx open source software package
eTrustEx is an open source software that allows for secure exchange of data. When using eTrustEx, public administrations ensure the use of open source. 
EUSurvey is distributed as open source on the GitHUB platform and can be reused in other software solutions.
Generic technical specification for the interoperability of powers and mandates
The common ontology for the representation of powers and mandates is fully open source (OSS), hence by using it, public administrations support and promote the use of OSS.
Joinup promotes the use of open source software by providing a catalogue of reusable solutions as well as by hosting the Open Source Observatory (OSOR) community, which serves as a place where users can find relevant open source software solutions and read about the use of free and open source in public administrations across and beyond Europe.
Moreover, Joinup is available as an open source solution itself. 
European union public licence
The European Union Public Licence v1.2
The EUPL is the first European Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) license under which OSS can be developed and reused. 
Sharing and reuse
The Sharing and Reuse Framework for IT Solutions (SRF)
The Sharing and Reuse Framework strongly recommends and supports the use of open source software when developing IT solutions. 

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