Joinup Open Source News Service - June 2016

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The OSOR Newsletter keeps you updated on Europe's public sector's use of free and open source software solutions.

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A growing community

The number of public administrations using free and open source software is growing steadily, the European Commission's Open Source Observatory (OSOR) shows. Government organisation that use the software enjoy both lower cost and increased flexibility.

Last month, the former was illustrated by the Italian Ministry of Defence, which expects to save EUR 26-29 million over the coming years by switching to the LibreOffice suite of office productivity tools. In May, OSOR reported that the second argument was the main motivation for Sweden’s Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). "Open source’s inherent flexibility maximises IT value", OSOR quotes Mikael Norberg, CTO at Försäkringskassan.

Both organisations are also typical examples of government organisations that take the next step. They realise they should reinforce the community of open source software developers, and they learn how to share their solutions with their public administration peers.

The Italian ministry will soon be publishing online the training material that it is using for the switch to LibreOffice, and this summer, the Försäkringskassan will detail how it will share its code. “We want to contribute to code development, we need to be part of the communities”, Norberg told OSOR.

Both echo the words of the European Commission, when it announced the update of its open source strategy in December 2014: "It is time that we contribute back."

Clearly, Europe is gradually gaining a community of public administrations that code together.


Sharing & Reuse Recommendations | Have your say

The European Commission has opened for public comments its ten recommendations to promote public administrations to share and reuse their ICT solutions.

Are these the right tips? Will these help encourage public administration take an active role in sharing and reusing software? The EC would love to hear back from you.

The deadline for submitting comments is 29 June. The results will available in July; publication of the final version of the recommendations is foreseen later this year.

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Latest News | View all news articles

Italian military to save 26-29 million Euro by migrating to LibreOffice

Sweden’s insurer: open source maximises IT efficiency

The Italian Ministry of Defence expects to save 26-29 million Euro over the coming years by using LibreOffice. Open source’s inherent flexibility maximises IT value, says Mikael Norberg, CTO at Sweden’s Social Insurance Agency.
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Majority of companies in Galicia use open source [Spain]
Estonian town of Koigi latest to switch to Delta [Estonia]
‘Open source values match municipal public services’ [Europe]
Cambridge to contribute to cloud computing [United Kingdom]
European Parliament continues to promote open source [Europe]
All EU R&D Articles to be Open Access by 2020 [Europe]
Study: Sweden should boost open source competence [Sweden]
EU Standards Directive needs revision, researchers say [Europe]
Open Source Governance: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace [General]
Hungary to increase use of open source software [Hungary]
German experts update free software legal review [Germany]
France’s RGI v2 recommends ODF [France]
First courses online in Italian Moodle-based MOOC [Italy]
European Space Agency starts 6th Summer of Code [Space]
Estonian finance ministry seeks OSS service provider [Estonia]
European Unified Patent Court goes Open Source [Europe]

Solutions of the month | View earlier 'solutions of the month'

Asterix parser

Signature Verification

Reading and parsing of Eurocontrol ASTERIX protocol data from stdin. A web-based application for uploading of documents of various signature formats.
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Bube ReGenesees System
German implementation of LCP Directive, uses the EU Pollutant Release & Transfer Register R software for the analysis of complex sample surveys
Comext Standalone OCS
To store, analyse and retrieve statistical data For online data collection, in the context of European Citizens' Initiatives

Latest Studies | View all studies

Entrada, a Big Data platform for Internet domain name registries

BIRD manages routing at world's largest Internet Exchanges

The R&D team of the Dutch Internet domain name registry SIDN has recently made its Entrada platform available as open source. The open source BIRD is used by the largest Internet Exchange Points in the world.
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Upcoming Events | View all events

Open Source Circular Economy Days

OpenSuse 2016

Experts, enthusiasts and innovators exchange ideas and solutions, prototype systems, products and designs for an open source circular economy The annual openSUSE community event
09 - 13 June various cities across Europe 22 - 26 June, Nürnberg, Germany
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Open Source Conference London 2016 06 July, London, UK
Typo3Camp 2016 08 - 10 July, Berlin, Germany
Foss4G 2016 24 - 26 August, Bonn, Germany
Mindtrek 2016 17 - 19 October, Tampere, Finland
LibreCon 2016 22 - 23 November, Bilbao, Spain

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