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In France, the National Assembly (Parliament's Lower House) has wised up on computers. In January, the Assemblée sent to the Senate (the Upper House) for approval a draft law that equates software source code developed by or for public administrations to public information.
In short, if anybody wants it, France's public sector source code should be made available.
The politicians took this cue from France's Commission d'accès aux documents administratifs. CADA, France's authority for freedom of information requests, last spring ruled that software source code is information. And just like other public administrative documents, it should be publicly accessible.
This legal act, first adopted in 2003 and updated in 2013, sets out rules for the reuse of existing documents held by public sector bodies of the Member States. The text also instructs the Member States to smooth the way to let companies and citizens use and reuse this information.
Inauspiciously, recital 9 of the Directive reads: "The definition of ‘document’ is not intended to cover computer programmes."
Of course, Members of Parliament know that recitals merely introduce the legislation; they are not the actual enacting terms.
Have the French Parliamentarians, with a bit of help of the Conseil National du Numérique, a government ICT advisory body, come to realise that software source code and computer programmes are different things? Source code is a series of computer instructions, written by humans. This needs a compiler (or an interpreter) to turn it into instructions that can be executed in a computer - a computer program.
Perhaps their reasoning is not at all surprising. After all, debugging and compiling code, that's what lawmakers do.
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European Parliament repeats call for open source
France Assembly encourages use of free software
|For the second time in just three months, the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to to increase the share of free and open source software.||The French Parliament has approved a draft law for a Digital Republic, which encourages the use of free software by the country's public administrations.|
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MOA ID 3.0.2
|A tool combined with citizen cards, to identify and authenticate users securely.||European Interoperability Reference Architecture. Uses Archimate to express the architecture metamodel.|
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|Big file exchange system||Common application building block Asynchronous module|
|For transfer of large files (up to 10 GB) in a simple, secure and reliable way.||For enquiries to data sources when synchronous access is impossible.|
|Common application building block TRAY||Common application building block Security Platform|
|System for standardized execution of data enquiries.||System for standardized management of users and their rights.|
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France’s Rhône-Alpes region prioritises free software
Andalusia provides messaging services for 4 euro (!) per user per year
|The digital strategy of the French region of Rhône-Alpes includes the use of free software, interoperability, open formats and open data, following a decision by the regional council.||The Regional Government of Andalusia in Spain has been using mail systems based on open source software since 2001. The main driver was cost.|
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LGMA Open For Business 2016
DjangoCon Europe 2016
|The Local Government Management Agency annual open government conference.||DjangoCon Europe's seventh edition focusses on Django and Python.|
|02 March Dublin, Ireland||30 March - 03 April Budapest, Hungary|
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|Coliberator 2016||04 - 05 June, Bucharest, Romania|
|Open Source Conference London 2016||06 July, London, UK|
|Typo3Camp 2016||08 - 10 July, Berlin, Germany|
|Foss4G 2016||24 - 26 August, Bonn, Germany|
Joinup platform statistics
|Number of visitors in January:||132,910|
|Number of projects downloaded in January:||2203|
|Total number of Software Projects on Joinup:||346|
|Total Number of Federated Software Projects:||487|
|New users that registered in January:||396|
|Total number of users:||22032|
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