Joinup Open Source News Service - October 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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The open source flywheel

Open source communities take IT security practices to heart, a study for the European Commission's ‘EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing’ (EU-Fossa) project shows. Mature open source projects use experts and automatic code reviews. They have teams and processes in place to quickly deal with vulnerabilities. Even better, developers of open source software are generally more aware of code security issues than developers working for the European institutions, shows a follow-up report for the EU-Fossa project.

Such studies help to convince public administrations that they too should have an IT policy to include free and open source software solutions and their communities. Switching to mature, enterprise-grade, and secure free software solutions brings obvious benefits, including increased flexibility, lower costs, and freedom from IT vendor lock-in. Public administrations that work in tandem with free software communities also contribute to the future sustainability of free software, with government free software resource centres acting like a flywheel.


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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Study: open source groups take security seriously

NL Parliament makes open standards mandatory

The IT security practices of some open source communities are exemplary, a study shows. The Dutch parliament’s lower house says the use of open standards should be mandatory for public administrations.
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Study: ‘Open source coders more aware of security’ [Europe]
US federal source code repository about to be launched [USA]
Midi-Pyrenees French Region remains committed to Free Software [France]
DE radiation protection agency overcomes lock-in [Germany]
Flanders to publish soil erosion monitoring tool [Belgium]
Russia Drafting Law to Favor Open Source [Russia]
ETSI releases first SDN software stack as open source [Europe]
France is developing a free consultation platform for public authorities [France]
Dutch transparency advocates asking for open source, to get open data [Netherlands]
EC approves Slovenia courts data exchange solution [Slovenia]
Open standards default at Slovenia supreme court [Slovenia]
Key article on China and Open Source Software, thoughts for Europe [Europe]
Commission makes a list of its open source solutions [Europe]
MEP: publicly-funded software should be public [Europe]
Dutch tax office looking for Linux-on-mainframe supplier [Netherlands]
Italian military move first 8000 PCs to LibreOffice [Italy]
French municipal syndicate to share case system [France]
German free software proponents approach lawmakers [Germany]

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Open ePlatform


Open ePlatform is an open platform for building digital municipal services. A Big Data platform for Internet domain name registries, developed by the Dutch Internet domain name registry SIDN..
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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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Mindtrek 2016 17 - 19 October, Tampere, Finland
CentOS Interlock 9 - 10 November, Paris, France
Open Government Partnership Global Summit 7 - 9 December, Paris, France
Fosdem 2017 4 - 5 February, Brussels, Belgium

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Number of projects downloaded in September: 1728
Total number of Software Projects on Joinup: 352
Total Number of Federated Software Projects: 430
New users that registered in September: 507
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