Newsletter of the Open Source Observatory and Repository (OSOR)
October 2014If the newsletter is displayed incorrectly, click here to view the online version.
The OSOR Newsletter keeps you updated on Europe's public sector's use of free and open source software solutions.
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Latest News | View all news articles
|'Open and Libre Office projects should reunite'||French ministries prove free software is viable|
|The software developers working on Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice - two closely related suites of open source office productivity tools - should overcome their schism and unite to compete with the ubiquitous proprietary alternative, urges Daniel Brunner, head of the IT department of Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court.||Free and open source software solutions are suitable for use in public administrations, the extensive use by French ministries proves. The LibreOffice suite of office productivity tools is now installed on more than 500,000 desktops across the ministries.|
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Latest Studies | View all studies
|Complex singularity versus openness||London split over open platforms|
|Open source impeded by incompatibilities and inconsistencies in the Office Open XML document format||Open source software was ostensibly a primary means for the Greater London Authority (GLA) to achieve its goals.|
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Upcoming Events | View all events
|Offenen IT-Gipfel||OpenFest 2014|
|Hamburg's Alliance '90/The Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) are organising a conference on 21 October, to discuss the opportunities of open source software for businesses, society and public administration.||OpenFest is annual conference, dedicated to the free software, free culture and free knowledge sharing – gala days of fans, creators, supporters of the open source software in Bulgaria.|
|21 October, Hamburg, Germany||1 - 2 November, Sofia, Bulgaria|
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|PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2014||21 - 24 October, Madrid, Spain|
|Open World Forum||30 October - 01 November, Paris, France|
|Capitole du Libre 2014||15 - 16 November, Toulouse, France|
|Apachecon Europe 2014||17 - 21 November, Budapest, Hungary|
Latest software | View all interoperability solutions
|PDF-AS allows the use of electronic signatures on PDF documents||asistente-dnie is a desktop application that installs all the components required for any citizen to use the electronic ID in your PC with your reader, operating system,|
|Digital Signature Service||EuSurvey|
|Cross-border eSignature creation and validation made easier||A web-based application covering all steps of a survey life cycle, from the design to the launch of the survey to the analysis and publication of results.|
Joinup platform statistics
Due to errors following April's update of the Joinup platform, not all numbers are available. Sorry.
|Number of visitors in September:||189,024|
|Number of projects downloaded in September:||1283|
|Total number of Software Projects on Joinup:||350|
|Total Number of Federated Software Projects:||x|
|New users that registered in September:||2092|
|Total number of users:||30804|
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