OSOR and Community Events

This page contains information about: 

  • events organised by OSOR on the use and development of open source software, open source policies in Europe, and sustainability of open source communities in the European public sector;
  • open source events that OSOR has participated in.

Each event description includes a summary and links to presentations and recordings when available.

If you are organising or know of any events that could be of interest to OSOR, please contact us at EU-OSOR@ec.europa.eu.

We also invite you to share success stories with us. Have you been involved in a public sector open source project or helped to develop/maintain an open source community in a public sector body? We want to hear from you! 


 Ciarán O'Riordan answering the audience's questions about OSOR and Interoperable Europe Act. Photo by Kehinde Bademosi, Foundation for Public Code


 4-5 February 2023

Description: Ciarán O'Riordan from the OSOR team presented the observatory. He discussed the upcoming series of workshops and webinars as well as the planned handbook on the topic of the procedural and policy aspects of using free software in public administration.

As a part of the session, O'Riordan also presented overall goals and use cases of the Interoperable Europe Act along with the legislative context. This lead into a look at certain details of the text, namely, the clause on share and reuse (article 4), the definition of "open source licence" (article 8(2)(c)), and interaction with the EUPL.

The event recordings have been published and you can find the OSOR presentation video in the session description.

Webinar on OSS Procurement

Webinar on Public Procurement of Open Source Software

Date: 23 May 2022

Description: On 23 May, the OSOR community joined the webinar on public procurement of open source software. During the event, an overview of the soon-to-be-published updated Guidelines on Public Procurement of Open Source Software was provided, followed by presentations by Johan Linåker, senior researcher at the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), Rasmus Frey, Head of Secretariat at OS2 (Denmark), and Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz, a legal expert and one of the authors of the original Guidelines on Public Procurement of Open Source Software

See the recording of the event and supporting presentation here


Webinar on Enabling Sharing and Reuse with Open Source

Date: 30 November 2021

Description: On 30 November, the OSOR community participated in the webinar on enabling the sharing and reuse with open source. During the event, Kristo Vaher, Chief of Technology for the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and Matthieu Faure, open source project manager at Adullact (French organisation of local governments), discussed how open source solutions have been shared and reused by public administrations at the national and local levels. 

See the recording of the event and supporting presentation here

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Webinar on Building cross-administration collaboration on OSS projects

Date: 5 August 2021

Description: On 5 August, the OSOR community joined the webinar on building cross-administration collaboration on open source software (OSS) projects. During the event, Jacco Brouwer, community manager at the Association of Dutch Municiplaities, and Rasmus Frey, Head of Secretariat at OS2, a Public Digitalisation Network uniting public members and affiliated private companies, shared their experiences in fostering collaboration on open source between local public administrations in the Netherlands and in Denmark.

See the recording of the event and supporting presentation here


Webinar on Public administrations adapting to OSS development culture

Date: 29 June 2021

Description: On 29 June, the OSOR community got together to discuss how public administrations can adapt to open source software (OSS) development culture. Organised as part of OSOR’s webinar series on public administrations’ journey towards the adoption of OSS, the webinar was an opportunity to hear from two speakers, Stig B. Dørmænen, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency and Philippe Bareille, open source officer at the City of Paris and project manager of Lutece. 

See the recording of the event and supporting presentation here.


OW2con’21 - Leveraging the European Open Source Ecosystem

Date: 23 to 24 June 2021

Description: OW2 is an independent and global open source software community and a non-profit organisation, open to companies, public institutions, academics, and individuals. The organisation aims to promote the development of open source software and to foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem in Europe and worldwide. OW2con is the annual event of the OW2 community, now in its 10th year, bringing together technology experts, software architects, IT developers, project managers and decision-makers from all around the world. On 23 June, the OSOR team presented the "Guidelines for Sustainable Open Source Communities in the Public Sector", a practical tool that can be used by public sector officials interested in establishing or joining open source communities, or by members of such communities.

See OSOR's presentation here.

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Open and User Innovation Conference

Date: 21 to 22 June 2021

Description: Between 21-22 June, the 18th edition of the Open and User Innovation (OUI) Conference was held. Organized by the Open & User Innovation Society since 2002, the OUI Conference brings together about 300 researchers from around the world to exchange recent research in open innovation, user innovation, open source/open hardware, collaborative innovation, citizen/free innovation, open innovation policies, and related topics. On 22 June, the OSOR team presented an academic paper on the Guidelines for Sustainable Open Source Communities in the Public Sector.

See the Book of Abstracts from the OUI Conference here.


Webinar on Public administrations & OSS communities - key aspects for successful collaboration 

Date: 9 June 2021

Description: Public administrations are not alone in their efforts to build sustainable and thriving OSS communities within the public sector. They can find support in already existing OSS communities by relying on their knowledge and experience for guidance. However, the process might be confusing and the first steps of establishing a successful collaboration may seem unclear. At this webinar, participants had the chance to hear from two guest speakers, namely the Co-founder of CivicTech România and Citizen Next, Cristina Moga, and the co-founder of the Decidim project, Arnau Monterde. They shared their own experiences on the practical steps to build up a community, the common roadblocks that can hinder the success of the project and ways to avoid them. Additionally, the webinar shed some light on how to best foster the collaboration between public administration and OSS communities thus creating a local environment that nurtures OSS adoption and development within the public sector.

See the summary of the webinar here.


Webinar on Sustainability of Open Source communities

Date: 18 May 2021

Description: This interactive session was an opportunity to exchange views on what community sustainability means. We discussed good practices and gathered participants’ needs when it comes to OSS community health and sustainability. We also had the chance to gather useful tips on community sustainability and discuss the experience of participants with colleagues from the public sector and open source enthusiasts. These serveed as input in updating OSOR’s Guidelines for creating sustainable open source communities.

Koos Steenbergen, Open Source Project Manager (Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands) and Johan Linåker, researcher (Lund University), shared with us their insights on the sustainability of public sector OSS communities and the good practices to overcome the challenges that may get in the way of the adoption of OSS by public administrations.

See the summary of the webinar here.


DigitALL - Supporting public administrations in adopting open source: introduction to the European Commission Open Source Observatory (OSOR)

Date: 21 April 2021

Description: DigitALL was a three-day conference organised by the European Commission to mark the closing  of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital and the Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens (ISA²) programmes. Against the backdrop of EU public administrations increasingly looking to base their services on open source software, the OSOR team  presented how OSOR supports the adoption of open source software within public administrations. The presentation focussed on EU programmes and actions promoting the uptake and development of open source, and how public administrations can make the most of the resources available on OSOR.  The OSOR team also presented the OSOR Knowledge Centre and its latest resources.

See the summary of the topic of open source at DigitALL here


Latvian Open Technologies Association (LATA) Annual Conference

Date: 4 February 2021

Description: The Latvian Open Technologies Association (LATA) hosted their 14th Annual Conference titled “How to Stay Open in the New Era”. The event featured a broad variety of speakers presenting diverse topics from the open technologies’ world and the presentation of the annual LATA awards.
Presentations were given on the benefits and importance of open data, open source software in public administrations, digital identity and more. The OSOR Team introduced OSOR and its Knowledge Centre to the audience.

See the recording of OSOR's presentation here


European Open Source & Free Software Law Event

Date: 27 January 2021

Description: EOLE is an international event which aims at encouraging the mutualization and dissemination of legal knowledge related to open licences, as well as the developement and promotion of good practices.. The event is organized as a conference cycle and is coordinated every year with a focus on a different subject matter. This session was focussed on open source governance within public administrations and featured a variety of speakers. The OSOR Team  presented its work on the Country Intelligence Reports, with a particular focus on the findings in relation to the governance of open source software across Europe.

See the recording of OSOR's presentation here.


Webinar on OSS in Public Procurement - knowledge sharing for success

Date: 12 October 2020

Description: The purpose of the webinar was to discuss and exchange best practices and practical solutions regarding the inclusion of open source software (OSS) in public procurement processes. Webinar participants had the chance to hear from Jani Kylmäaho, Director of Development and Digitalization at National Land Survey (NLS) of Finland, and Lucian Balea, R&D Program Director & Open Source Manager at Réseau de Transport de l’Electricité (RTE) in France, about their organisation’s approach and lessons learned regarding OSS and public procurement.

See the summary of the webinar here.


OW2Online Event 

Date: 17 June 2020

Description: OW2con is the annual conference of the OW2 open source community. OW2 is an independent, global, open-source software community, gathering numerous open source code developers. The mission of OW2 is to a) promote the development of open-source middleware, generic business applications, cloud computing platforms and b) foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem. At this event, the OSOR team presented its work on the open source policy country intelligence reports (available in OSOR’s Knowledge Centre).

See the recording of OSOR's presentation here.


Webinar on Sustainability of Public Sector Open Source Communities 

Date: 4 June 2020

Description: The purpose of the webinar was to present our work on the Guidelines for Sustainable Open Source Software Communities in the Public Sector, developed together with Dr. Maha Shaikh from King's College London, and to gather feedback on the work so far. Additionally, Fritjof Knier of the Integreat platform in Germany and Nephtis Brandsma of the participatory digital democracy project using CONSUL in Groningen, the Netherlands, presented their experiences of working in a public sector open source project. 

See the summary of the webinar here.


Webinar on Open Source Software Policies

Date: 8 April 2020

Description: The purpose of the webinar was to present our preliminary findings on open source software policies across Europe. We heard from two guest speakers about the impact of formalised open source policies in their home countries, Leonardo Favario from Developers Italia of Italy and Bastien Guerry from DINUM of France. Feedback on the first series of reports was gathered.

See the summary of the webinar here.


Webinar on the new OSOR and its Knowledge Centre

Date: 11 February 2020

Description: The purpose of the webinar was to gather the OSOR community to discuss the functionalities of the OSOR platform and its new Knowledge Centre. Attendees shared their feedback and ideas on OSOR, its scope, and most importantly they shared their needs. 

See the summary of the webinar here.



Date: 1 February 2020

Description: The Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) is a non-commercial, volunteer-organized European event centred on free and open-source software development. It is aimed at developers and anyone interested in the free and open-source software movement. At this event, the OSOR team hosted a workshop on sustainable OSS communities in the public sector and to brainstorm key success factors for sustainability. 

See the summary of the workshop findings here.


Open Source beyond 2020: Powering a Digital Europe

Date: 14 November 2019

Description: Open Source beyond 2020: Powering a Digital Europe was co-organised by two European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG), the DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and DG Informatics to discuss challenges and opportunities of open source software and hardware in Europe. At this event, OSOR  and EU-FOSSA held a workshop on "Nurturing Open Source Communities" to discuss key sustainability concerns of open source communities. The workshop aimed to find practical solutions to tackle sustainability and funding issues in open source.

See the event information here

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Webinar on the Future of the Open Source Observatory (OSOR)

Date: 12 April 2019

Description: The purpose of the webinar was to gather feedback from the OSOR community on the proposed new vision and strategy of OSOR, following desk research, workshops, an online survey, a benchmarking exercise, and a stakeholder consultation. As part of the process, policy makers, IT managers, IT developers, consultants, free and open source software advocates and enthusiasts, researchers and students were consulted.


Paris Open Source Summit

Date: 5 December 2018

Description: The Paris Open Source Summit is a key European on open source, free software and open innovation. As an international conference summit, business fair and community event, the Paris Open Source Summit highlights the driving role of open source technologies in current and future digital transformations. At this event, OSOR held a two-hour session dedicated to security and national policies on the use of open source software in public administrations. A range of guest speakers took part, including Emanuele Baldacci (European Commission), Saranjit Arora (European Commission), Rayna Stamboliyska (RS Strategy), Paulo Ribeiro (Portuguese Association of Open Source Enterprises), Marek Przybyszewski (European Commission), Gijs Hillenius (European Commission), Maha Shaikh (King's College), Laurent Joubert (DINSIC), Daniel Melin (Swedish National Procurement Services) and Marek Przybyszewski (European Commission). 

See the event information here.