Towards an enhanced federatio…

Towards an enhanced federation of open-source software repositories


The ISA Programme will soon establish a Working Group tasked with the development of a specification to describe core metadata about software. The specification will allow building an enhanced federation of open-source software repositories to promote re-use and sharing.

Between October 2011 and April 2012, the ISA Programme will undertake a number of initiatives as part of Action 4.2.2, related to exchanging information, experiences and FLOSS-based code for use in public administrations. These initiatives include the following:

  • Raise awareness about open-source software and the EUPL;
  • Promote the re-use and sharing of software as much as possible;
  • Develop a specification to describe core metadata about software;
  • Promote the use of that specification to set up an enhanced federation of national software forges.

The Joinup platform will play a prominent role in all of this, building on the prior efforts from the OSOR.EU initiative. Joinup offers developers all tools necessary to develop and share source code and to build a strong community around their projects. With a version control system, a dedicated issue tracker, mailing lists and wiki-functionalities, Joinup can become the platform for open-source software for public administrations.

This month, a dedicated Work Group will start working on a specification to describe software metadata. It will enable developers to describe not just elementary information about the project, such as the project name, but it will also include more advanced metadata on source code metrics, release information and licensing information.
When implemented on national software forges, it will become possible to perform advanced queries on multiple forges at once increasing the visibility of the software projects they host and greatly improving the chance of re-use.

The involvement, active participation, and eventually reuse and endorsement by the ISA Member States and the broader e-Government community are critical to the success of these initiatives and Joinup. For this reason, you are encouraged to contact us if you would like to contribute.

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