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Sweden’s digitalisation hub adopts open source policy

Published on: 09/07/2019

DIGG, Sweden’s newly created public sector digitalisation hub, has adopted a policy for its use of open source. “We want to be open and accessible, and make it easy for partners to benefit from the knowledge we build,” said Anna Eriksson, DIGG’s Director General, in a statement published in May.

DIGG (Myndigheten för digital förvaltning, or agency for digital government) was founded in September 2018.

Its open source software development policy aims to standardise and regulate ownership and set the conditions for sharing.

The policy is based on two principles: DIGG aims to be as open as possible, and wants to share the results of its actions as broadly as possible. That is why all software that is developed by or for the organisation will be shared as open source, DIGG writes.

The policy makes explicit two licence scenarios. If DIGG contributes to an open source project, it will use the existing licence, provided it is recognised by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

If DIGG is the project owner, the organisation will use either the Apache or the 2-clause BSD licence. According to DIGG, these two licences were selected to allow commercial use of its software solutions.

More information:

DIGG Open Source Software Policy (PDF, in Swedish)
Announcement by DIGG (in Swedish)