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The below article is important to those thinking about open source software in Europe: Why China is the next proving ground for open source software The article, from TechRepublic, focuses on the Ch ...

News | Created by Robert Steele | Published: 22 September 2016

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The European Commission is about to make a public inventory of the open source solutions used by the Commission and the European Parliament. A methodology for creating the inventory was just accepted ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 19 September 2016

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Software developed with public funds should be made available as free and open source software, says Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda. Sharing source code should become a standard in IT pr ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 15 September 2016

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The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst) is looking for a supplier of the Linux operating system for its IBM System z mainframes. The public tender comprises provision of the operat ...

News | Created by Adrian Offerman | Published: 15 September 2016

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The Italian military have switched the first 8000 PC workstations to Libreoffice, an open source office productivity suite, reports Sonia Montegiove, a software analyst working for the Italian provinc ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 08 September 2016

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In October, Cogitis, a French ICT service provider for local public administrations, will share as open source software MutualiTIC, its case management system. MutualiTIC improves communication and c ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 07 September 2016

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German members of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) are once again contacting political candidates in next month’s state elections. The major, traditional parties fear the unknown, whil ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 01 September 2016

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Use of an open source licence is perfectly fine, lawyers say Public administrations in Switzerland have the right to share their software under an open source licence, legal specialists Prof.  ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 31 August 2016

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Encouraged by a potential customer - a large, German university - the German start-up company NextCloud has improved the resource monitoring capabilities of its eponymous cloud services solution, whic ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 30 August 2016

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The council of the Swiss capital of Bern wants to increase the city’s use of open source software solutions. Last week, the city approved a CHF 843,00 (about EUR 750,000) proof of concept study ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 26 August 2016

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The UK Government Digital Service (GDS) is looking for an Open Source Lead, or "Chief Penguin", as The Register prefers to call the new position. According to the job description on LinkedI ...

News | Created by Adrian Offerman | Published: 23 August 2016

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Proprietary licences that are very complex, impossible to comply with, and abused to squeeze customers are frustrating public agencies in their effort to make IT infrastructures more open and interope ...

News | Created by Adrian Offerman | Published: 23 August 2016

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The Austrian government will award up to EUR 200,000 for open source projects on eGovernment, eHealth, eLearning, eInclusion, or commercial products and services. “Open source has beneficial mac ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 22 August 2016

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The source code for the Pléiade eGovernment services platform, a case management system that is used by hundreds of municipalities in the Vendée (France), has been made available as open ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 19 August 2016

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Île-de-France - the Paris Region - will publish as open source Babylone, its software solution to aggregate and manage information on elected officials. The region’s administration hopes o ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 18 August 2016

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Over the next three years, US federal agencies will be required to publish at least 20 percent of their newly-made custom software as open source. This requirement is part of a pilot established by th ...

News | Created by Adrian Offerman | Published: 12 August 2016

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Now piloting use of Ubuntu Linux The police force in Lithuania has switched to using LibreOffice. This free and open source suite of office productivity tools is implemented on over 8000 workstati ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 11 August 2016

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The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is organising a workshop on the contradiction between FRAND intellectual property rights (patents) and open source software. The organisation ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 09 August 2016

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Ministry welcomes comments on draft clauses for contracts and procurement Poland’s Ministry of Digital Affairs is nudging the country’s public administrations to share and reuse ICT so ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 03 August 2016

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Future funding of Epoptes by Greece is uncertain It’s a textbook example of public administration software reuse. The city of Valencia (Spain) is one of the many users of Epoptes, software f ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 03 August 2016

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