Joinup Open Source News Service - June 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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Overcoming communication barriers

Public administrations must gain the expertise to deal with lock-in and the government should do more to promote open IT standards, said members of parliament and key government representatives in Sweden at a meeting on 17 May.

Three days later, in Galicia (Spain) the regional government published an update to its ‘Free Software Plan’, outlining 110 actions for this year and the next.

Galicia's action plan is available in Galician and Spanish. It would be great if more of our public administrations made such documentation available in multiple additional languages. If not in Swedish, then perhaps at least in English.

This would encourage reuse by other public administrations, and this is why localisation and internationalisation of code and documentation is one of the key recommendations in the Sharing and Reuse of IT Solutions Framework, published earlier this year by the European Union's ISA² Programme.

With our news items and studies, OSOR helps public administrations find references and direct links to policies and best practices across the EU and EFTA countries. We also directly introduce them to one another.

The most recent example is the municipality of Mappano (Italy), which is calling for public administrations in the country to share their IT solutions. Mappano's Comune from Scratch announcement (only in Italian) sound very much like France's OpenMairie. We're happy to report that the two are already talking.


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Swedish policy makers want end to IT vendor lock-in

Galicia continues promotion of free software

Swedish public administrations have to get rid of IT vendor lock-in, members of parliament and key government representatives agree. The autonomous region of Galicia will continue to encourage the use of free and open source software solutions.
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Italian municipality calls for sharing of IT solutions [Italy]
Norway register shares dataset tools as open source [Norway]
UK’s Bolton hospital extends OpenEyes patient record system [United Kingdom]
Galicia to add 70 libraries to its Koha system [Spain]
Arles publishes vaccination management tool [France]
Swedish towns pool resources for school standards [Sweden]
Poland court: govt source code does not have to be made public [Poland]
Free software campaign signs up future French MPs [France]
Slovakia officially approves ICT standards guide [Slovakia]
Public sector turns to Discourse for citizen interaction [Europe]
Public sector benefits from LibreOffice bug hunting [Europe]
Global Witness open-sources Longform digital storytelling tool [Europe]
European Commission updates EUPL open source licence [Spain]
EIB provides EUR 25 million funding for MariaDB open-source database system [Europe]


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Open source makes Dutch government cloud a reality

Vitalinux - Aragon’s school Linux distribution

A Dutch government’s data centre is becoming the benchmark for all of the government’s cloud services. In Spain’s autonomous community of Aragon schools are using fast-booting and easy-to-use Vitalinux.
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Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre

LibreOffice Conference 2017

France's largest free software conference, better known by its French acronym RMLL. The annual gathering of the LibreOffice developers, adopters, end-users and supporters.
01 - 07 July, Sainte-Etienne, France 11 - 13 October, Rome, Italy
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FrosCon 2017 19 - 20 August, Sankt Augustin, Germany
Mindtrek 2017 20 - 21 September, Tampere, Finland
ODF Plugfest 2017 09 - 10 October, Rome, Italy
Open Source Summit 2017 06 - 07 December, Paris, France


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