Joinup Open Source News Service - January 2017

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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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Positive Externalities

Seeing is believing. IT staff members at a Dutch government data centre are busy helping colleagues - in the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and the Czech Republic - to implement the combination of OpenStack (for managing virtualised machines) and CEPH (for handling storage). These open source solutions are proving enormously scalable while keeping costs low, and the IT specialists are impressed by the software quality.

The other data centres benefit from the expertise of their Dutch colleagues - and it is an excellent example of the positive externalities of open source in addition to lower costs, increased flexibility and scalability.

Open source even offers an alternative for public administrations that are looking to improve their ICT project management, shows Denmark's OS2 community. Now representing 57 of Denmark’s 98 municipalities, this fast-growing community specifies, develops and governs ICT solutions by municipalities and for municipalities. Working closely with a group of 44 ICT service providers, OS2 favours smaller ICT development cycles, avoids IT vendor lock-in and fosters sharing and reuse. They're not just splitting the bill, the municipalities are also building better solutions - John Nash would have smiled.

Such examples should encourage other public administrations to internalise open source's positive externalities. OSOR looks forward to nudging them on.


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Dutch govt data centre sets open source standard

France’s free software sector grows by 15%

Dutch government’s data centre in Groningen (ODC-Noord) combination of OpenStack (managing virtualised machines) and CEPH (handling storage) is attracting more and more central government services. Sales by France’s ICT companies specialising in free and open source software and related services have grown by 15% on average in the period October 2015 - October 2016.
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Two more cities join Madrid eParticipation project [Spain]
New Slovenian open data portal built on CKAN [Slovenia]
EC study: open source an important enabler for public sector collaboration [Europe]
OECD STI Outlook 2016: more open source in software, hardware and wetware [Europe]
France, Germany promote open source in industry [France, Germany]
Open source core to Greek govt procedure documentation [Greece]
German firms unveil DeGov eGovernment platform [Germany]
Aragon parliament asks for open source in schools [Spain]
EC looking for help with open source office automation [Europe]
Geneva canton publishes eVoting system source code [Switzerland]

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