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- Europe and world-wide
The Open Source Experts Portal's goal is to provide advice and support to Austrian companies interested in using open source software, GNU Linux and other free software.
The platform digital Austria is the coordination and strategy committee of the Federal Government for eGovernment in Austria. It is in charge of coordinating and supporting e-government initiatives and projects at the Federal level, as well as of liaising and coordinating with projects from Länder and Communes.
Name: Open source platform of digital Austria
This platform provides information related to open source idea and recent open source development.
FOSDEM is a non-profit organisation established in 2000 by Raphael Bauduin, a fan of the Linux movement in Belgium. Every year, the FOSDEm event is organised to bring together European developers of open source software.
A Belgian website entirely dedicated to Linux users.
The Association Electronique Libre (AEL) wants to protect fundamental rights by promoting the following concepts in our society :
- Free Software (use and development)
- Freedom of speech, press and association in the electronic society
- Open standards in the electronic society
OpenGov is the open source user group for Belgian public servants. Its aim is to create a free and open forum to discuss and foster the use of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS).
CETIC is an initiative to foster the adoption of open-source software in the Walloon Region, Belgium. It mainly focuses on applied research and technology transfer in the field of software engineering, service-oriented technologies and embedded systems. CETIC is a connecting agent between academic research and industrial companies.
The Croatian Society for Open Systems and Internet (HrOpen) is a non-profit IT society established in 1992. Its goal is to promote and foster the use and development of open systems and Internet in Croatia. HrOpen presents the benefits of FLOSS and promotes usage of standards in informatics. The association organises every year the “Open Systems Days” conference and consults institutions and firms in migration to FLOSS and standard-compliant IT infrastructure. Since 2006, HrOpen provides education and training in the field of open systems and FLOSS to primary and secondary schools in Croatia and, with deep roots in the academic community, builds its capacity for managing academic FLOSS-related projects. In partnership with HULK, it contributes to the recognition of the IT profession in Croatia and the development of information society.
The Croatian Linux Users' Group is a non-profit association which promotes development and usage of GNU/Linux and other FLOSS in Croatia since 1996. The association is recognised as a central place for counselling, usage and popularization of Linux operating system. It maintains the central Linux portal in Croatia (http://www.linux.hr) and organises the annual Linux convention (http://cluc.linux.hr). HULK is also involved in the creation of Croatian Linux distribution “HRID” and development of FLOSS.
The Cyprus Linux User Group hosts a conglomerate of enthusiastic people that enjoy sharing ideas related to Linux operating system.
EurOpen.CZ (Czech Open Systems User's Group, formerly Czech UNIX User's Group) is a non-profit voluntary organization aimed at the promotion and support of open systems among computer professionals. In 1995 changed its name from the Czech UNIX Users Group to EurOpen.CZ
Linux.Cz is an association composed of Czech users of Linux and based in the Faculty of Informatics of the University of Brno.
Under the official patronage of the Ministry of Informatics of the Czech Republic, the OSS Alliance is a non-profit association of professionals coming from academia, public administration, open source projects, etc. The OSS Alliance is the OSS competence centre for the Czech public administration authorities. Its goal is to support the use of open source solutions and to investigate other possible applications especially in the sectors of public administration and education. The OSS Alliance cooperate with similar projects and organisations both in the Czech Republic and the European Union.
DKUUG (Danish UNIX systems User Group - Danish UNIX Systems User Group) is a Danish IT Association established in 1983. The association's purpose is to exchange information and experiences about open systems including UNIX and generally the latest knowledge in open standards, operating systems, Internet, communications and development technologies and languages.
The Software Exchange is a service maintained by "The Knowledge Center for Software" for IT decision-makers and developers in the public sector in Denmark. The website provides information on software procurement and development, with a focus on open source software related to the needs of the public sector in Denmark.
Name: Estonian Informatics Center
The Estonian Informatics Centre (EIC) was established by the Estonian government to solve the main IT problems common for several state organisations and to arrange the work of the state's information systems. EIC is an implementing body in general coordination of state information policy and public sector IT development.
The government-sponsored NGO Alvatal focuses its efforts of businesses, non-profit organizations, and volunteers in the pursuit of transparent software and hardware solutions. The NGO aims to ensure that mainstream software is available as open source software, in order to guarantee user's freedom of choice and sustainability of software solutions in Estonia.
The Finnish UNIX Users Group was founded in 1984 and is the oldest Unix related users group in Finland.
Name: Finnish Linux User Group - FLUG
The purpose of FLUG is to further the interests of the Finnish Linux community and support Finnish Linux users and people interested in Linux. FLUG holds meetings for the members and strives toward creating supplementary services and benefits for the members and partners.
EFFI was founded in 2001 to defend active users and citizens of the Finnish society in the electronic frontier. EFFI influences legislative proposals concerning e.g. personal privacy, freedom of speech and user rights in copyright law. We make statements, press releases and participate actively in actual public policy and legal discussion. EFFI also works in close cooperation with organizations sharing the same goals and values in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. EFFI is a founding member of the European Digital Rights (EDRi) and a member of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign.
The initiative for the Finnish Centre for Open Source Software (COSS) was launched at the beginning of 2004. COSS is the gateway to open source in Finland. It brings you into contact with key players in the Finnish Open Source Ecosystem in business, research and education.
COSS aims at:
- Creating co-operation and networking between global corporations, local SMEs, developers and end-users;
- Recognizing the versatile ways of utilizing Open Source in different business sectors and making Open Source familiar in different industries and user groups;
- Implementing development projects together with corporate partners in order to improve the availability and usability of Open Source solutions;
- Linking the Finnish Open Source business ecosystem with international networks and partnerships.
The Porvoo GNU/Linux User Group (PLUG) was established in March 2000. They have weekly meetings with members from all over Finland. They speak 4 languages (Finnish, English, Swedish and Japanese).
AFUL is an association of open source users and professionals. It comprises members - individuals, commercial companies, other associations -coming from about ten French-speaking countries and regions (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Québec, French-speaking African countries etc.). AFUL principal objective is to promote, directly or indirectly, software free and in particular operating systems free, mainly those based on the standards POSIX or derived, of which most known is the Linux system provided with environment GNU (article 2 of the status).
Founded in 1996, April is the main French advocacy association devoted to promote and protect Free/Libre Software. With almost 5000 members (some 4500 individuals, 400 businesses, associations and organizations), April is a pioneer of Free Software in France. Since 1996, it is a major player in the democratization and the spread of free software and open standards to the general public, professionals and institutions in the French-speaking world. It also acts as a watchdog on digital freedoms, warning the public about the dangers of private interests keeping an exclusive stranglehold on information and knowledge.
Chtinux is the user group of FLOSS of Lille. The association aims at promoting FLOSS by providing support to the widest possible public. The association also takes part in discussions regarding ICT in the city.
FSF France is a non-profit association created to promote the use of Free Software in France
Adullact is a French association of developers and users of free software for administration and local authorities.
Name: Open Source Business Alliance
The Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance) is the association of the open source industry in Germany. It represents around 160 member companies, which employ around 10,000 people in Germany and generate more than 1.7 billion euro annually (as of 09/18).
Together with scientific institutions and user organizations, OSB Alliance is committed to anchoring in public awareness the central importance of open source software and open standards for a successful digital change. This digital change should benefit companies, the government and society alike. In addition, innovations in the area of open source are to be promoted. The goal is to establish open source as a standard in public procurement, research and business development. After all, open source and open standards are the compelling basis for digital sovereignty, innovative ability and security in digital change and thus the answer to one of the greatest challenges of our time.
Name: Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) is a non-profit association registered in Munich, which is dedicated to the spread of data processing literacy. FFII supports the development of public information goods based on copyright, free competition, open standards. More than 250 members, 300 companies and 15,000 supporters have entrusted the FFII to act as their voice in public policy questions in the area of exclusivity rights (intellectual property) in the field of software.
Name: The German Unix User Group
The German Unix User Group, founded in 1984, is a non-profit organization for professional system and network administrators, security experts and system programmers who prefer to use a Unix operating system. Unix includes free systems like Linux, BSD and OpenSolaris variants as well as commercial Unix systems. The group gives importance to open and well-defined interfaces and APIs, the compliance with internet and other open standards and the chance to have a look deep into the system.
Name: Institut für Rechtsfragen der Freien und Open Source Software (ifrOSS)
The ifrOSS is a private German institution. Its goal is to accompany the rapid development of Free Software in jurisprudential terms. A variety of topics are covered, such as legal issues of open content, general issues in the areas of software copyright law, copyright law, patent law, contract law and competition law.
Name: Hellenic Linux Users Group (Hellug)
Name: Greek Open Source Software Community
Name: Free & Open Source Software @ Greece
Name: Linux Hungary
Name: E-Governmental Free Software Competence Centre
ILS (Italian Linux Society) is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to promote and support the spread of GNU / Linux and Free Software in Italy. Its aim is to develop an IT culture in the country. ILS encourages the free flow of ideas and knowledge, promotes the research and the application of experimental methods, and organises conferences, events and lectures.
The Association for Free Software is a non-profit legal entity established in 2000. Its aim is to spread free software in Italy and provide correct information about this sector. From 2002 to 2006, the association was a member of the Free Software Foundation Europe.
Name: Ministerial Committee for the Information Society
To devise and/or endorse the strategic action lines, involving several senior ministers and chaired by the Minister for Innovation and Technologies.
Name: Tuscany Open Source Software Laboratory (T-OSSLab)
The T-OSSLab is the regional open source software laboratory established in 2008 by the Regione Toscana and the Universirty of Pisa. The activities of the center mainly focus on training and research, assistance and dissemination, promotion of relations between the parties engaged on the issues of free software and open source.
The main objective of the centre is to spread the culture of free software and open source within the public administration, stimulate SMEs' interest for the ICT sector, and support institutions and companies who choose to migrate to open source.
Name: Orvieto Linux Users Group
Orvieto Linux Users Group is a no-profit organization, established in 2005. The main purpose of OrvietoLUG is to
promote the use of Linux OS and free software and the knowledge of the GNU Project.
Orvieto is a city located in Umbria a few kilometres from the border with Lazio and Tuscany, then the association
stands as a landmark not only for the Orvieto area but also for the surrounding territories.
During the year, OrvietoLUG develops and coordinates several initiatives on free software and open source;
promotes the spread of free software through analysis activities, study, design and development;
organizes conferences, exhibitions and other activities;
establishes and manages training courses on free software and open source.
OrvietoLUG can collaborate with any public or private body, association or movement.
Important events for the year 2009:
• OooCon09 (Orvieto, 3-6 November 2009)
The World Conference of the Community of Openoffice.org was held in Orvieto. OooCon is an annual event that brings together hundreds of professionals around the globe engaged in development projects and support of one of the most popular open source software.
• ODF | PlugFest (Orvieto, 2-3 November 2009)
OpenDoc Society in collaboration with Plio - Italian Language Project for Openoffice.org and OrvietoLUG - Orvieto
Linux User Group and the international standardization groups OASIS ODF TC, ODF TC and ODF TC OIC approval,
have organized the second ODF | Plugfest, a two-day devoted to the theme of interoperability implementations of the office automation standard, ODF.
EUPL.IT is the Italian website exclusively dedicated to the European Union Public Licence (EUPL). In this site (edited by Fabio Bravo, aggregate Professor at the University of Bologna) one can find information and documentation on the use of the EUPL in the public sector in Italy. The site offers in particular information on Italian best practices on EUPL; e-books, documents, law articles and other materials about EUPL; software published under EUPL; The aim is to encourage the diffusion of the licence in Italy.
Name: Linux Ireland
Name: Information Society Commission
The Information Society Commission (ISC) is an independent advisory body to Government, reporting directly to the Taoiseach. It draws on high-level representation from the business community, the social partners, and the government itself.
Name: Lithuania Linux User Group
Name: Atviras Kodas Lietuvai (AKL)
The MITA has been appointed by the Government of Malta as the prime Agency for propagating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy in the country and the executor of The Smart Island Strategy – 2010.
Name: Malta Linux User Group
Name: Open Source Software Malta
This site is all about open source initiatives, irrespective of where they are originating from.
ICTU is the Dutch organisation for information and communication technology in the public sector. ICTU's goal is to contribute to the structural development of e-government. ICTU presented the latest developments of its programme for Open Standards and Open Source Software in Government (OSOSS).
Name: Programme for Open Standards and Open Source Software in government
The Programme OSOSS is being started to encourage the use of open standards and to inform about open source software. The programme is to be assigned to the ICTU, the Dutch organisation for ICT and government.
The NLUUG is the association of professional UNIX users in the Netherlands. Since the late seventies, the NLUUG has brought together the community of UNIX systems administrators, programmers, researchers and IP network professionals. The primary goal of the NLUUG is to extend the application of, and knowledge about, UNIX and related open systems. NLUUG's activities are directed towards the exchange of information, the promotion of its members' interests, and the support of open systems, networks and user interfaces. Twice a year the NLUUG organizes a national conference. Besides tutorials, technical and product-oriented talks and presentations, these conferences offer an excellent opportunity to meet other Unix users, suppliers and researchers.
Name: Nordic Open Source website
Nordicos.org is an initiative of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Nordic countries consist of Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Finland (including Åland), Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Nordicos site addresses the need for a comprehensive overview of open source software available for consumers and provides information to the consumer to aid in understanding, finding and using Open Source products. It is a multilingual site dedicated to the needs of the Nordic countries as well as those of the "adjacent areas" i.e. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Northwest Russia and the Arctic.
Skolelinux is an organization in Norway which develops a Linux distribution for schools. Skolelinux is also used in other countries, such as Germany and Spain.
Name: Norwegian Unix Users Group - NUUG
Friprogsenteret is an independent competence centre for open source and free software. Its goal is to increase knowledge that enables a profitable use of the software to meet the demands of tomorrow and to increase competition in the market. In this way, it would be possible to create innovation and new jobs within the IT industry. For this reason, the group works closely with representatives from the private sector, public sector, universities, colleges and R&D.
It is a Portuguese non-profit association dedicated to the promotion, development, research and study of Computing Freedom and its social, political-philosophical, cultural, technical and scientific implications.
Name: ESOP (Portuguese Open Source Business Association)
ESOP (Portuguese Open Source Business Association) arises from the common will of its founding associates. With a view to the encouragement and growth of the Open Source solution market in Portugal, ESOP serves as a platform for the promotion of opportunities and synergies within the market, as well as among its associates and partners. Guided by solid principles of competitiveness,ESOP stands for and actively promotes Open Source Software, Interoperability, Open Standards and Platform Independence.
Name: Free Software Network Serbia
Free Software Network Serbia (FSNS) is a non-governmental non-for-profit organization dedicated to dissemination and use of Free Software and Open Standards in Serbia and region. FSNS will become one of the biggest Free Software organizations in the region and is an associate organization of Free Software Foundation Europe.
Name: The Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications (MTPT SR)
COKS (Open Source Center – Slovenia) is Slovene national supporter of development, usage and knowledge of open source technologies and OS solutions. We provide aid and support to OS users in the public and private sector and cooperation with EU bodies concerning open source and e-governance policy.
The Centre for Technology Transfer (“CTT”) publishes a repository of software programmes or/and information technology solutions. Its objective is to boost the reuse of information and communication solutions by all public administrations. This website provides information about projects, services, semantic assets, policies and information technology solutions for e-government. The CTT also allows the collaborative development of information technology programs for e-government in a distinct technological environment named “CTT-Forge”. Its main objectives are to:
- Create a common software repository for information communication technologies (ICT) solutions to be reused by public administrations.
- Produce a common knowledge database about different ICT solutions, policies, services, semantic assets and ICT infrastructures.
- Establish a common space to share experiences and allow cooperation in e-government
- Offer independent spaces for the collaboration of public administrations. This organisation can:
- Publish their ICT projects.
- Manage the evolution and utilization of the project.
- Create a developers community around it.
- The Centre for Technology Transfer is the answer to the legal mandate established by Article 46 of the 11/2007 Law. June 22. Citizens Electronic Access to Public Services and article 17 of the Royal Decree 4/2010 January 8th Regulating the National Interoperability Framework for e-Government.
Cenatic stands for Centro Nacional de Referencia de Aplicación de las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación or National Competency Centre for the Application of Open Source Technologies. It is a public foundation, promoted by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce and its launch on November 20th2006 coincided with the creation of its board.
It is the only national strategic project to promote the understanding and use of open source software and is open to the participation of public administrations, companies, universities, R&D&i groups and users and developers of this kind of technology.
LAW 56/2007, of December 28, of Measures of Impulse of the Society of the Information (LISI), made by the Spanish government, attributes to CENATIC the diffusion of the declared applications of source opened by the proper Public Administrations. Equally, it indicates that CENATIC will take charge of the advice on the juridical, technological and methodological aspects for the liberation of the software and knowledge. Its objective is to establish itself as a national centre of excellence (with global influence) in the field of open source technology.
Con el fin de divulgar y facilitar el acceso al sistema Linux a los usuarios; y de coordinar, apoyar y dar organización a los distintos grupos no organizados que ya existen en España, surge la iniciativa de crear una Asociación, sin ánimo de lucro y de ámbito nacional, al amparo de las disposiciones legales vigentes.
Forxa Mancomun is a collaborative space designed to facilitate the creation, maintenance and distribution of projects, both software delivery and documentation. The Forge allows you to have a public and open for the development of free software in Portugal, and its documentation in Galician. The Forge wants to be a causal link between the various initiatives related to free software in Portugal, allowing the unification of effort when developing and documenting a variety of applications that are already doing in the country. At the same time, both companies and individuals have, through this space, a common forum for discussion and cooperation where access to a global repository to get the necessary tools.
Name: Morfeo - Forge
The Morfeo Free Software Community Forge offers information on various integrated Morfeo projects: source code repositories, binaries, development mailing list, bug tracking, documentation, etc.
Name: Forja - redIRIS
The Free Knowledge Forge of the RedIRIS Community (Forja de Conocimiento Libre de la Comunidad RedIRIS) is a project driven by IRIS-Libre, one of the working groups of RedIRIS, aimed to improve the usage and development of free software into the Spanish scientific-academic environment. The Forja is meant to support:1. Software development in the academic environment intended to be distributed as free software or open source software under free licenses; 2. Related documentation to this software shared under the Creative Commons license or similar; 3. Documents produced for teaching or research and published under the Creative Commons license or similar.
Name: La Forja de Guadalinex
This forge is part of Guadalinex, a project created by the Junta de Andalucía to comply with the regional decree opting for free software as a tool to promote the Knowledge Society in Andalusia.
This platform has been created and promoted by the Regional Minister of Infrastructures and Technological Development of the Regional Government of Extremadura. Its aim is to to provide a distributed platform for collaborative development networking and sharing of any free knowledge. The forge is offered for free and provides access to best service CVS, mail list, bug tracking, announcement panels, forums, administration tasks, hosting, archive permanent storage, complete restoration copies, and fully Web-based administration.
This project was created to comply with the regional legislative decree of 2005 establishing the possibility for the general public to freely access open source software used by the regional public administration and other autonomous agencies.
Name: The Swedish Agency for Public Management
The agency conducts studies and evaluations at the request of the government and also to modernize public administration with the use of IT. Recently published a feasibility study: Free and Open Source Software
Name: Europen.SE - Svenska Unix-användares förening
EurOpen.se is the Swedish Unix users organisation and part of USENIX, an International organisation for professional system-administrators. EurOpen.se is an organisation for all people working with Unix, Linux and *BSD-related system. We arrange an annual technical conference.
Turkish Linux Users Association aims to be a focal point for all Free Software Related Activities; a platform involving all related parties, and a promoter, organizer of Linux and Open Source activities within the country. Linux Users Association (LKD) will run webs, mailing lists ftps; conduct seminars, courses, festivals, all kinds of meetings; promote successful case studies, organize roadshows; to promote Linux and Open Software Community, bring together, academic, commercial, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
OpenForum Europe is a new initiative, whose objective is to accelerate and broaden the market take-up of Open Source Software (OSS) including Linux. Major vendors and distributors, software houses, services and integration companies, as well as major users, are all supporting the project. OpenForum Europe aims to strengthen the perception and credibility of the Open Source offering, particularly within government and commercial organisations.
Name: UK UNIX User Group
The UKUUG was formed to represent users of UNIX and Open Systems in the United Kingdom. It uniquely caters for the needs of people in this area and, being totally funded by membership subscriptions, is completely independent of specific hardware and software vendors. UKUUG holds regular events for its members and occasional events for the general public. We have two main conferences a year; the Winter Conference in or around February, and the UK's main Linux Conference in the summer.
OpenAdvantage is a partnership between the University of Central England, The National Business to Business Centre (Warwick University) and the National Computing Centre, funded by Advantage West Midlands - the regional economic development agency for the West Midlands of England. As the first independently funded vendor-neutral Open Source centre in the UK, the project aims to become a regional and national focal point for Open Source developers and users, promote and encourage the take-up of Open Source software within the West Midlands region and showcase solutions providing tangible economic and business benefits for organisations across all sectors.
Europe and world-wide
OW2 is a global open-source software community whose goal is the development of open-source distributed middleware, in the form of flexible and adaptable components. These components range from specific software frameworks and protocols to integrated platforms. OW2 developments follow a component-based approach.
The consortium is an independent non-profit organization open to companies, public organizations, academia and individuals. OW2 mission is to develop open source code middleware and to foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem. OW2 was cerated in September 2006, with the merge of two communities: ObjectWeb and Orientware.
KDE is a powerful graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system
The GNOME Project is an effort to create a complete, free and easy-to-use desktop environment for users, and a powerful application development framework for software developers.
The Debian Project is an organization of free software developers who volunteer their time and effort in order to produce a completely free operating system known as Debian GNU/Linux.
Name: Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure is an open coalition of commercial companies and non-profit associations united to promote and protect a vigorous European Software Culture based on Open Standards, Open Competition, Linux and Open Source Software. Companies, members or supporters of EuroLinux develop or sell the software under free, semi-free and non-free licenses for operating systems such as Linux, MacOS or Windows.
The project OSEPA aims to bring to the fore of public debate the potential benefits of Open Source software and to identify and assist in the development of those conditions which could facilitate its further adoption by European Public Administrations.
To this direction, OSEPA aims to promote knowledge-and-expertise sharing among public administrations. The major objective is to provide to those administrations, which are less familiar with FOSS, guidelines on how to proceed with its adoption, based on the experiences of organizations which have already migrated to it.
Last but not least, OSEPA aims to promote interregional co-operation. The project rests on the assumption that shared challenges and needs are better addressed at the interregional level. This is where the impact on decision making can have multiplier effects and where strong and influential alliances can be forged.
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) was founded in 2001 as the sister organization of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) in the USA to take care of all aspects of Free Software in Europe.