OSOR & EC OSPO at Paris Open Source Experience

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Published on: 26/10/2022

The European Commission’s open source journey—what we do, internally and externally

This set of presentations will be given by the following members of OSOR, as well as the EC’s Open Source Programme Office (EC OSPO) and the Interoperability Unit of the Directorate for Informatics:

  • Monika Sowinska – Project Officer responsible for OSOR – Interoperability Unit,  European Commission (DIGIT)
  • Axel Thévenet – Policy Research Analyst – OSOR Team
  • Miguel Diez Blanco – Project Lead Open Source Programme Office – European Commission (DIGIT)
  • Gijs Hillenius – Open Source Programme Office – European Commission (DIGIT)

They will present progress made in the EC efforts to support open source ecosystem in the past two years. The session will consist of two parts.

First, the EC OSPO team will show what has been done since the adoption of the reinvigorated Commission’s Open Source Software strategy in October 2020.

The main milestones will be presented, which include the removal of legal and organisational barriers, and practical steps taken to move the Commission closer to a working culture based on the principles of open source.

In addition, participants will hear about:
– the FOSSEPS Pilot project on creating an applications catalogue of reusable open source government applications;
– the results of a study on finding and fixing Critical Software used in European Public Services; and
– our hackathons and bug bounties.

The second part of the session will focus on the ways the Commission has been supporting the EU Member States in adopting  open source through the actions under Interoperable Europe Initiative and via Joinup collaborative platform and Open Source Observatory – OSOR.

The OSOR Knowledge Centre will be presented and its various guidelines along with the tools useful for the open source community  such as  the Joinup Licensing Assistant and Compatibility Tracker. There will also be discussion on the broader policy context, namely an upcoming proposal for a regulation – Interoperable Europe Act – and its potential implications for open source in the public sector.

Join us in Paris on 9 November at 01.30 pm!



Wednesday 9 November 2022
01:30 pm - 03:10 pm

Room 224/225

Physical location
Palais des Congrès
2 Place de la Porte Maillot
75017 Paris