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You can easily win the open source vs. closed source discussion on pure economic arguments TYPO3gem is a Dutch municipal user group for the TYPO3 content management system (CMS). Its 41 members exchange information, develop new functionality in...

Case | Created by:Adrian Offerman | Created:06 Feb 2014 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Risk aversion might be the easiest and safest way, it's also very expensive The city of Ede, the Netherlands, currently has an annual total ICT budget of six million euros. According to the Dutch Berenschot benchmark for municipal ICT costs,...

Case | Created by:Adrian Offerman | Created:22 Jan 2014 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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In a process spanning ten years the Munich city administration has migrated from a proprietary, vendor-locked IT structure to a free, open-source and flexible Linux-based solution. Although this could save the municipality millions of Euros, other...

Case | Created by:Markus Feilner | Created:26 Dec 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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A competence centre requires skills and competences The main goal of the Hungarian E-Governmental Free Software Competence Centre is to reduce license costs and to widen the use of open source software in public administration. The Hungarian...

Case | Created by:Adrian Offerman | Created:04 Dec 2013 | Updated: 20 May 2016

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The UK's coalition government made a fanfare for open source after coming to power in May 2010. The Conservative Party, lead coalition partner, had spent two years weaving open source software into its proposal for government. It planned an...

Case | Created by:Mark Ballard | Created:14 Nov 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Choosing the Right Solution for the Czech Academy of Sciences The Spisovka electronic filing service system was tested and adopted by the Masaryk Institute and the Head Office of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic on behalf of the entire...

Case | Created by:Robert Krátký | Created:30 Sep 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Background The British education sector has been dominated by Windows and other Microsoft products and a few large vendors of software and hardware. Formerly, purchasing rules for schools were criticised by members of the UK parliament1 for...

Case | Created by:Stuart Jarvis | Created:20 Sep 2013 | Updated: 02 Nov 2015

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British open source code from FixMyStreet provides basis for Swedish national service In Sweden, the public open source movement is working its way from the bottom up. Kivos and Open Jämtland are two regional organisations coordinating...

Case | Created by:Adrian Offerman | Created:02 Jun 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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For more than a decade, the administration of the Portuguese town of Vieira do Minho has made open source its first choice when adopting software. The benefits can be measured not just in terms of flexibility, but also through improved efficiency...

Case | Created by:Fátima Caçador | Created:31 May 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Introduction In the world of library management systems (LMSs, which include Integrated Library Systems, ILMs), open source systems compete with proprietary software. Both claim equivalent features and both can be locally extended and otherwise...

Case | Created by:Louis Suárez-Potts | Created:28 May 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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The Greek open source project LGAF did not get further than the pilot phase, even after six years. Prime reasons are a tender procedure in which the project was granted to a company without extensive experience in managing open source projects, the...

Case | Created by:Jolein De Rooij | Created:07 May 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Extremadura: Introduction to the Place and its Peopleii Extremadura is one of Spain's 17 autonomous regions and is located in the west of the country. It has three sizeable urban centres: Mérida, which is its capital, Cáceres,...

Case | Created by:Maureen O'sullivan | Created:25 Apr 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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0. Introduction The project on animal identification and registration in Romania started in 2004 with the objective of designing, building and operating an integrated information system to collect, process and store information about: holdings:...

Case | Created by:Constantin Teodorescu | Created:28 Feb 2013 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Earlier this year, the British Cabinet Office refreshed its Open Source Procurement Toolkit, which includes a list of 'Open Source Software Options for Government'. The document includes over 150 software packages, each with a short...

Case | Created by:Adrian Offerman | Created:13 Dec 2012 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Part two: policies Open source is a natural way to implement open standards and attain interoperability. Despite the procurement policies currently in place, however, most governments have a hard time taking in this new model. As a consequence,...

Case | Created by:Adrian Offerman | Created:13 Dec 2012 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Part one: an inventory Open source is a natural way to implement open standards and attain interoperability. Despite the procurement policies currently in place aiming to create a level playing field, however, open source suppliers appear to have...

Case | Created by:Adrian Offerman | Created:13 Dec 2012 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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After a false start, the Hungarian city of Miskolc is now in the middle of a transition to an open IT environment. Despite the higher complexity of the current heterogeneous infrastructure, the city administration is already saving €3,000 per...

Case | Created by:Adrian Offerman | Created:26 Jul 2012 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Software is the engine that makes modern public administrations run and, by implementing their procedures and practices, embodies their culture. For this reason, and to reduce costs, Italy has issued laws and regulations on ownership and reuse of...

Case | Created by:Marco Fioretti | Created:12 Jul 2012 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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In the early 2000s the European Commission had realized the potential of open source software and its communities for the public sector. As the topic gained on importance the Commission launched the GPOSS portal, which was essentially a source of...

Case | Created by:Joinup Administrator | Created:13 Feb 2012 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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Sweden and Finland exhibit in this case study exemplary cross-border collaboration based on open source software for the benefit of the public. Two universities, one from each country, cooperated in the Open Kvarken project in order to explore the...

Case | Created by:Joinup Administrator | Created:13 Feb 2012 | Updated: 30 Sep 2015

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