Study on Open Source Policies

Analysis of the state of play of Open Source policies in EU Member States

20/08/2019

At the beginning of 2019, the European Commission (Directorate-General for Informatics, Interoperability Unit) finalised a study to define the new vision and strategy of OSOR. The study highlighted the need of the community for more country intelligence in the domain of open source software. Hence, as of September 2019, the OSOR collection will foster the Information Observatory services, by providing insights on all EU Member States in the domain of open source software.

European Commission flags The country intelligence will be provided in the form of a study on open source software policies in EU Member States to provide a complete view of OSS policies currently in place across Europe. The analysis of open source software policies will include not only individual country analysis, but also a comprehensive overview of differences between the Member States. In addition to open source software initiatives, the comparative analysis will include a focus on the actors, the policy strategy and existing legal framework in each country.

The study on open source software policies will answer the following research questions, each of which will be elaborated upon in dedicated chapters:

  1. General context of open source software policies in Public Administration;
  2. Actors;
  3. Policy strategy and legal framework; and
  4. Open source software initiatives.

The study will be complemented by individual country factsheets, providing a glimpse into all Member State’s open source software efforts.

If you, your government and/or your organisation, are interested in following the study more closely as well as provide us with your valuable feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us on this email address: osor@wavestone.com

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