Joinup Open Source News Service - April 2016

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Smart moves

Nantes is a smart city. France’s 6th largest city has budgeted EUR 200,000 for new features and bug fixes in the LibreOffice project - a suite of office productivity tools available as free and open source software.

All improvements are to be submitted for inclusion to the upstream project, Nantes stipulates. Nantes' new pivot tables, spreadsheet graphs and bug patches will benefit all those using LibreOffice, in the city, in France, and elsewhere.

Switching to open source transforms a public administration's IT budget into public investments. The city is not alone in recognising this.

In 2013 and 2012, cities and ministries in Germany, France and Switzerland pooled money to improve LibreOffice's handling of the proprietary OOXML document format. This helped fix document interoperability issues plaguing public administrations across the continent.

Similarly, the ‘EU-Free and Open Source Software Auditing’ (EU-Fossa) project, begun by the European Commission and the European Parliament, will benefit all of society.

The public benifit argument underpins the Basque Country's 2012 free software policy. Its then-CIO even called for a European directive on software reuse.

Perhaps here the EU can take a cue from the US. In March, the United States updated its open source policy. New software developed specifically for or by the US federal government is to be made available for sharing and re-use across federal agencies, and part of this code collection is to be made available publicly. Seems like a smart move.


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Nantes Métropole completes switch to LibreOffice

US invites public comment on open source policy

Nantes Métropole, France’s 6th largest city, will complete its transition to LibreOffice, a free and open source suite of office productivity tools. The city has budgeted EUR 200,000 for bug fixes and new features, specifying that all improvements are to be submitted for inclusion in the LibreOffice project. The US’ Federal Government is asking for public comment on a draft Federal Source Code policy. The policy will require new software developed specifically for or by the Federal Government to be made available for sharing and re-use across federal agencies. Part of this code is to be made available publicly.
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Galicia: open source allows IT standardisation [Spain]
France unveils source code of income tax application [France]
Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 Comes to London [United Kingdom]
MIT Media Lab makes open source the default [USA]
‘Publicly funded software should be free’ [Europe]
Polish think tank considers making DMS open source [Poland]
UK waste standards pilot shares APIs and manuals [United Kingdom]
EC and EP use open source for software development [Europa]
Polish eGovernment strategy advocates open source [Poland]
Dortmund levels playing field for open source [Germany]
US invites public comment on open source policy [USA]
‘Open source essential to government modernisation’ [Ireland]
‘Cantons should reuse Geneva’s eVoting software’ [Switzerland]
Open source lets Irish Taxes scale IT solutions [Ireland]

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Danish Municipality of Aarhus aims to free itself from IT vendor lock-in

France’s Rhône-Alpes region prioritises free software

City aims to increase its use of open source software and open standards in order to free itself from IT vendor lock-in. 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.
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RMLL 2016: The security track

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Developers, security hackers and hacktivists speaking about Freedom and Security. Experts, enthusiasts and innovators exchange ideas and solutions, prototype systems, products and designs for an open source circular economy.
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Open Source Conference London 2016 06 July, London, UK
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