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Impact of EU Research on the future of Plone

by xavier last modified 2007-03-19 09:40

At the last Plone Foundation meeting in Seattle, 2 interesting questions were raised. First the need to gather quantitative data on Plone and the development processes, second increase the visibility of Plone future in the next 5 to 10 years. Zea Partners goals includes tackling these issues. An example is Zea recent involvement Qualoss and Flossmetrics research projects.

Qualoss and Flossmetrics are 2 EU funded research projects on Open Source Quality. Leading European Universities and Research Centers are collaborating in these projects with budget totaling 3,6 M Euro (4.3 M$).

Qualoss plans to automate the quality measurement of open source software with a special focus on analyzing robustness and evolvability.

Flossmetrics addresses the need for more factual information about libre (free, open source) software with an in-depth empirical analysis of thousands of projects.

Plone and Zope relying on Python, it is good to mention the outstanding work done by the Python community in the Pypy research project. Pypy aims at producing a flexible and fast Python implementation. The guiding idea is to translate a Python-level description of the Python language itself to lower level languages. More about Pypy.

With these 3 projects, the Python, Plone and Zope communities are probably the most advanced Open Source Communities involved in EU research, an additional sign of the maturity and potential of these communities.

Zea Partners is open to corporate sponsorship to develop its involvement in EU research and funding programs.

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