Joinup Open Source News Service - July 2016

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New European contest to promote IT reuse


The European Commission will reward software and services that have been proven to be shared and reused in the public sector and which have a potential for wider reuse in Europe.

The EC will award EUR 15,000 and EUR 10,000 to the two most-proven IT solutions reused by each of the four levels of public administration: cross-border, national, regional and local.

Contenders for the ‘Sharing & Reuse Award’ can register their project here. The contest is open until 28 October 2016 and the prizes will be announced in March 2017.

“We want to award existing IT solutions that have been developed and shared by public administrations, and that can be further reused across Europe”, says Margarida Abecasis, in charge of the ISA² programme, under whose auspices the awards are run.

The European Commission is convinced that there are many benefits to reusing IT solutions, and it is encouraging public administrations to team up to provide joint IT services. This would reduce deployment time, lower costs and improve interoperability.


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Open source wins over France’s urban planners

France’s Inria unveils open source preservation project

Marseille and OpenMairie are boosting the development of OpenADS. Inria has unveiled its Software Heritage archive, to preserve and make accessible all source code.
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New site to promote proven open source ICT tools [France]
Spain's Ciudad Real to switch to open source [Spain]
Italy to stop emphasising open ICT architecture [Italy]
Push to promote open source software in healthcare [Europe]
Grenoble continues to move schools to open source [France]
Life cycle support also a priority for open source [Europe]
Adullact about to unveil revamped repository [France]
European colleges share SMEs open source training [Europe]
Gains of government software repositories are many [Spain]
Andalusia renews funding for key open source projects [Spain]

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Open ePrior

German implementation of LCP Directive, uses the EU Pollutant Release & Transfer Register. New version, new modules: Supplier Portal, e-Submission front-Office and e-Submission Back-Office.
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Leos prototype 3 TL Manager
Web interface for legislative documents Web application for managing Trusted Lists
GovData codelist of licenses Certificate Status Tool
List of licences for German GovData metadata Provides certificate status information

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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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FSFE Summit

Paris Open Source Summit

The event that brings together FSFE members and supporters from all over Europe. Europe's leading event to showcase the latest and greatest in Free and Open Source technologies.
02 - 04 September, Berlin, Germany 16 - 17 November, Paris, France
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Foss4G 2016 24 - 26 August, Bonn, Germany
OW2 Conf 2016 21 - 22 September, Paris, France
Mindtrek 2016 17 - 19 October, Tampere, Finland
LibreCon 2016 22 - 23 November, Bilbao, Spain

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