Open Source Observatory Annual Report 2016

Published on: 14/12/2016
Last update: 08/11/2017

TPart of the cover page of the reporthe Open Source Observatory Annual Report 2016 (PDF) depicts the main trends in open source deployments by Europe’s public administrations in 2015 and early 2016. OSOR has sorted, systematised and summarised the most salient points, to help raise awareness on the benefits of sharing and reusing ICT solutions.


The report uses the many case studies and news items written and aggregated by the Open Source Observatory (OSOR), one of the communities on the Joinup eGovernment professionals’ portal, and an authoritative source on free and open source software in Europe’s public sector. Another starting point is the “Report on Policies and Initiatives on Sharing and Re-use”, published by the European Commission’s ISA Programme in February 2013.







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Nature of documentation: Annual report of activities


Type of document


Thu, 15/12/2016 - 12:21

There is a small error in the report, on page 42 (open data portals) it is stated that runs on CKAN. This is not the case, is a Drupal 7 website.


The 3 regional portals in Belgium do use CKAN, while the City of Brussels uses (proprietary) OpenDataSoft, some other cities use . Other portals in Belgium are a mixture of CKAN, open source or closed source BI / CMS with API, "plain" websites... with or without specific metadata publication software.



Readers might also be interested in, the open source platform used by the Belgian Federal Police and many Local Police zones.


Thu, 15/12/2016 - 13:20

Thanks Bart! I'll see if we can update the text to correct this, We've corrected this, and uploaded a new version of the pdf (open_source_observatory_annual_report_2.pdf), and updated the links above to point to this version.



Thu, 15/12/2016 - 15:46

Hello Bart,


There is very good info in the document and thank you for your comment. So all of us can check it and have the right info avoiding mistakes.

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 17:15

I've uploaded an updated version of the report. This update removes non-operative hyperlinks in the index. These were inadvertently added when we changed the table.