The Open Government Partnership (OGP) will suggest to its member governments to create a policy on open source. This week, a draft proposal is to be finalised at the OGP Global Summit in Paris.
Launched in 2011, the OGP is a “multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.” Its worldwide members include many EU Member States, including France, Spain, Italy, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The current text reads:
“Open source software contributes to fostering transparency and collaboration. Source code is at the heart of digital and technical innovation. It is the primary means to providing high quality digital services. Partners joining will seek to promote transparency and accountability of open source code and algorithms they develop and use, wherever possible and appropriate. Partners joining will seek to design and implement them in non-discriminatory manners, and work towards maximizing the benefits of government code sharing and reuse.”
The text is to be finalised at a workshop on Thursday. Participants will include representatives from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, France, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. OSOR will also take part in the workshop.
The OGP Global Summit in Paris includes six workshops on the role of free and open source software. Topics include “The White House and the People's Code”, “How to open source the code of software”, and “Free/open-source contribution policy template to foster states' collaboration”.