OSOR webinar – Building cross-administration collaboration on OSS projects

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Published on: 16/07/2021

Join us on 5 August for our upcoming webinar on building cross-administration collaboration on open source software (OSS) projects.

Collaboration is a core principle of open source software (OSS). Open source projects are more sustainable and successful when multiple parties are contributing to them. Collaboration increases innovation, as new solutions can be developed as part of a shared project to address the challenges faced by multiple contributors. By building upon each other’s work, public administrations can reduce development costs, improve interoperability through increased compatibility and continue to maintain common solutions without depending on vendors.

For this collaboration to be successful, public administrations need to implement good practices, i.e. knowledge-sharing procedures, the pooling of resources or the creation of a shared space for community engagement. Such practices can help to promote public administrations’ active participation in developing and sharing code among one another.

Nevertheless, public administrations often encounter challenges on their journey to sustainable collaboration, particularly with regard to risk-aversion, coordination and funding. How can they overcome these challenges? To answer this question, OSOR has invited Jacco Brouwer and Rasmus Fey to discuss their experiences in fostering collaboration on OSS projects between public administrations in the Netherlands and Denmark respectively.

Jacco Brouwer

Jacco Brouwer works for the Association of Dutch Municipalities where he is responsible for community management and scaling up public collaborations on open source projects. His current mission is the development of an open source incubator that will bring Dutch municipalities together to work collaboratively on new OSS projects.

In his talk, Jacco will shed light on his work with the Dutch municipalities, the challenges they face on the way to sustainable collaboration, and their vision for the future.

Rasmus Frey is the Head of Secretariat at OS2, an open source community that develops and governs ICT solutions for municipalities in Denmark. He is passionate about openness and knowledge-sharing, values he tries to reflect in his current work.

Rasmus will present the journey of OS2’s expansion, initially launched with the collaboration of five municipalities, and now counting all 98 Danish municipalities as members. He will detail the lessons learnt and good practices from building collaborations in OS2.

Rasmus Frey


The webinar will take place on 5 August 2021 from 10:00 to 12:00 CEST.

To register, click on the banner below and you will receive the connection details shortly after.

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Have a question? Contact us at EU-OSOR@ec.europa.eu.

Please note that this webinar will be recorded. By attending this webinar, you consent to being recorded.