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Two researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) are launching the Open Patent Office, aiming to aggregate innovative ideas to defend them from being blocked by patents. Patents no longer c ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 15 February 2017

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The Latvian National Archives have won the “Most Open Organisation” award for their extensive use of free and open source software for their online audiovisual archive. The system combines ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 14 February 2017

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Rdwd, an open source software solution developed at at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at Potsdam University (Germany) is making it easy to study records made public by the German wea ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 13 February 2017

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SOFA an open source human body simulator used for training medical students and for preparing medical interventions, is being used by an increasing number of research centres and companies, says Hugo ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 13 February 2017

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FSFE to call on council members to vote against proposal Within three years, the city of Munich could abandon its open source workstation strategy. A proposal to end the Limux project and revert t ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 10 February 2017

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Long term support for Grid and High Performance Computing The High Performance Computing (HPC) department at the University of Luxembourg sponsors open source developers, getting long term support ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 10 February 2017

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Support for open source office tools included, almost from the start The French government has updated Mareva, a set of spreadsheets and instructions that help public administrations to determine ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 10 February 2017

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The key IT principles for Sweden’s government cloud services should be vendor-independence, open standards and open source, experts recommend. On Tuesday, the government shared service centre (S ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 08 February 2017

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This week, the fourth annual BioHack Academy has started. Over a period of ten weeks, two full days a week, participants at half a dozen locations all over the world will learn to build a small biotec ...

News | Created by Adrian Offerman | Published: 02 February 2017

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The Italian Association for Free Software Geographic Information Systems (GFOSS.it) is conducting a survey to collect information about the use of this kind of software in Italy’s public sector. ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 31 January 2017

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On Thursday 2 February, the Latvian Open Technology Association (LATA) will announce its ‘Most Open Institution’ award. One of the potential winners is the Latvian National Archive, whi ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 31 January 2017

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Public administrations in Austria need to increase their use of free and open source software, the government of Austria says in its Digital Strategy. The strategy proposes to ‘push’ (forc ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 31 January 2017

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The IT department at the French National Assembly should improve its support for Linux, says National Assembly Deputy Sergio Coronado. In a letter to the Assembly’s president, he objects to the ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 30 January 2017

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The UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) will renew its focus on the creation of reusable, open source software projects, says Anna Shipman, GDS’ Open Source Lead. It is a subtle shift fr ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 28 January 2017

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The University of Oviedo in Asturias, one of Spain’s autonomous communities, is studying ways to increase its use of free and open source software, reports La Nueva España, a newspaper. U ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 13 January 2017

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Software that is developed in research projects funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme should be published under a free software licence, says the Free Software Foundation Eu ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 13 January 2017

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It was true for 2015, and it is true this year too. In our 2015 annual report, we reported that, in general, news that covers the software running on desktops in public administrations gets the most h ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 28 December 2016

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The Education and Training Board of the City of Dublin has signed a EUR 158,400 support contract for its current Moodle eLearning environment, it announced in late November. The city’s cloud-hos ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 28 December 2016

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The Swiss Federal Department for Building and Logistics (BBL) is looking for providers of ICT services with experience in the use of GeoNetwork, open source tools for geolocation information. BBL hope ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 28 December 2016

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With its emphasis on open source and open data, and modular, interoperable ICT solutions, OS2 is challenging Denmark’s incumbent public administration ICT organisations. The community favours sm ...

News | Created by Gijs Hillenius | Published: 28 December 2016

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