Joinup Open Source News Service - September 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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Policies and implementations

It's been a busy summer. August brought encouraging signs of progress in both policy-making and in concrete implementations.

In Poland, the government is catching on to the notion that public administrations should own the code developed for them, and that public administrations should be able to share this with others freely. The country's Ministry of Digital Affairs is starting to educate the country's public administrations, and is providing them with clauses for contracts and procurement.

Meanwhile in Lithuania, the police force announced that it had completed the switch to LibreOffice. This open source suite of office productivity tools is now implemented on over 8,000 PC workstations.

Both examples fit a trend. As early as 2013, the European Commission’s ISA Programme showed that all EU Member States had policies that promote sharing and re-use of ICT solutions. Poland's new contract clauses are the next step.

Although apparently Lithuania's police force did not contact their peers at the Gendarmerie in France, nor the Ministry of Defence in Italy, we will make sure they get in touch.


Sharing & Reuse Award


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.


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Poland to boost sharing and reuse of software

Lithuanian police switched to LibreOffice

Poland’s Ministry of Digital Affairs is nudging the country’s public administrations to share and reuse ICT solutions. The police force in Lithuania has installed the LibreOffice open source suite of office productivity tools on over 8000 workstations.
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Italian military move first 8000 PCs to LibreOffice [Italy]
French municipal syndicate to share case system [France]
German free software proponents approach lawmakers [Germany]
Swiss administrations may share their software [Switzerland]
University fuels NextCloud's improved monitoring [Germany]
City of Bern starts open desktop proof of concept [Switzerland]
Up to EUR 200,000 for Austria open source projects [Austria]
France’s Vendée shares its eGovernment platform [France]
Paris Region unveils officials information system [France]
ETSI workshop on FRAND and open source controversy [Europe]
Spain’s Valencia reuses Greek PC-lab software [Spain]
France pilots open source-based cloud services [France]
EC to audit Apache HTTP Server and Keepass [Europe]
UK Government Digital Service looking for a 'Chief Penguin' [United Kingdom]
Proprietary licences both frustrating and pushing move to PostgreSQL [Europe]
US federal agencies to publish 20% custom software as open source [USA]

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

Certificate Status Application


For validating X509 Certificates. This content management system lets users learn to build websites for schools.
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Registry Leos
Manage and share INSPIRE reference codes lists, developed by ARE3NA. Create and draft legislative documents via the web, developed by the European Commission.
TL Manager Bube
The EC's web application for browsing, editing and monitoring Trusted Lists. German implementation of LCP Directive, uses the EU Pollutant Release & Transfer Register.

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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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Upcoming Events | View all events

Paris Open Source Summit


France's leading international open source conference One of Spain's premier open source conferences
16 - 17 November, Paris, France 22 - 23 November, Bilbao, Spain
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ETSI workshop 16 September, Sophia Antipolis, France 19 - 20 September, London, UK
OW2con'16 21 - 22 September, Paris, France
Mindtrek 2016 17 - 19 October, Tampere, Finland
CentOS Interlock 9 - 10 November, Paris, France

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