Joinup Open Source News Service - November 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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Future benefits

In October, the European Commission's Open Source Observatory unveiled that the Emilia-Romagna region will end its use of OpenOffice, and move to a cloud-based proprietary office solution.

The motives are unclear - the IT department and the region’s councillor for the Digital Agenda have so far not responded to our questions. What we know, from sources close to the IT department, is that the region considered moving to LibreOffice - an advanced version (fork) of OpenOffice. It also tested the interoperability of LibreOffice with the proprietary cloud office solution.

Public administrations that equate the 'free' in 'free software' with low cost, might be missing the bigger picture. Using open source software lets public administrations use their operational expenditure to create future benefits for all. It is free as in freedom, like the 'public' in public administration.

One of the best and most recent examples of a public administration that is making these future benefits part of its public responsibility is Nantes Métropole, France’s 6th largest city. Last month, we reported how the city's move to LibreOffice is lowering costs - a good incentive for any public administration. Yet, Nantes is emphasising that it is using part of these savings to improve the software, for itself and for others.


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Emilia-Romagna ends its use of OpenOffice

Nantes: Open source cuts off recurring charges

A source in the IT department of the Emilia-Romagna region confirmed to the Open Source Observatory that the region will end its use of OpenOffice. Switching to open source ends the periodic recurring charges from proprietary software vendors, shows Nantes Métropole, France’s 6th largest city.
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EC’s eHealth interoperability tests use open source [Europe]
Danish taxes seek Linux and Apache services [Denmark]
Hungary seeks nationwide, open source eLearning tool [Hungary]
Slovakia: 40% ICT systems to use open source by 2020 [Slovakia]
Nantes: ‘Surveys support switch to open source’ [France]
France opens source code of three new simulators [France]
Poland to start a central source code repository [Poland]
European Parliament increases budget for EU-Fossa [Europe]
Reusable theme to fix accessibility sites [United Kingdom]
Study: Administrations unaware of IT vendor lock-in [Sweden]
EU-Fossa project submits results of code audits [Europe]
Open source where possible in Polish Gdańsk [Poland]
France renews its two free software support contracts [France]

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