FOSS policy and research daily 1 2007-01-30T12:07:26Z The Small/Medium Enterprise guide to Open Source Software The fourth edition of a guide to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt Open Source software has been published. This guide (developed in the context of the FLOSSMETRICS and OpenTTT projects) present a set of guidelines and suggestions for the adoption of open source software within SMEs, using a ladder model that will guide companies from the initial selection and adoption of FLOSS within the IT infrastructure up to the creation of suitable business models based on open source software. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-09-19T15:57:33Z News Item PloneGov finalist of the European e-Government Awards 2009 The open source initiative PloneGov has been selected among the 52 best European e-Government projects, and is invited to present the project at the 5th Ministerial eGovernment Conference, - a joint event organised by the European Commission and the Swedish EU Presidency, which aims at monitoring progress in eGovernment, accelerating the adoption of eGovernment policies in Europe and identifying research priorities for the future. No publisher xavier awards spotlight EU-policy-research 2009-09-17T09:38:26Z News Item PloneGov: The European Agency for Safety and Health shares its open source software The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is one of the Community Agencies of the European Union and is located in Bilbao, Spain. Its central role is to contribute to the improvement of working life in an enlarged European Union by developing, analysing and disseminating information on occupational safety and health (OSH). EU-OSHA disseminates information and collaborates with its network through a Plone-base CMS which is now shared being shared to anyone interested in creating or maintaining a website in different languages. EU-OSHA is an active member of PloneGov an international eGovernment open source initiative. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-09-10T08:59:15Z News Item eGovernment: competition, innovation and intellectual property rights in software markets The Dutch parliament and government intend to stimulate efficient electronic information exchange, and to do so, see an important role for innovations, particularly aiming at interoperability and competition in software markets. It has therefore proposed various measures to stimulate the adoption of open standards and open source software in the public and semi-public sectors. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-06-23T14:54:41Z News Item UN and EU urges legislators to support open source and open standards Times of economic crisis are an opportunity to review our societal models and take advantage of the latest innovation to foster the world economy. This article is an opportunity to remind that EU officials and United Nations share the same vision on the need to favor open source and open standard to foster economic growth and international collaboration. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-06-19T11:52:36Z News Item EU: The benefits of Open Standards for SMEs Choosing open standards is highly strategic to SMEs. Fostering SME participation is a worthy objective of the European Commission. Their benefits and positive impact on innovation are debated and seen at the highest decision making levels. Open standards built on the principles of openness, transparency and consensus lay the grounds for innovation and growth, for flexibility and choice, for global market success and fair competition. Open standards make SMEs competitive—as well as desirable partners. Who does not want that? No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-04-01T10:36:27Z News Item Open Source Initiative approves European Union Public Licence (EUPL) The Open Source Initiative (OSI), one of the principal advocacy organisations on open source software, has unanimously approved the European Union Public Licence (EUPL) version 1.1 as an open source licence. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-03-30T13:56:07Z News Item EU Commission calls for doubling funding for ICT research and innovation Making Europe the world leader in ICT is the goal of the new strategy proposed today by the European Commission. Today Europe represents 34% of the global information and communication technologies (ICT) market, and its value is growing by 4% per year. However, the value added produced by the EU's ICT sector amounts to only 23% of the total, because both Europe's market and research efforts are fragmented. energy efficiency. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-06-23T10:33:47Z News Item UK government backs open source The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source software in public services. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-03-31T10:04:59Z News Item Innovation Policy: The Balance Between Standards and Patent Regulation Interconnectivity, commoditisation and increased reuse and recombination are key trends within the maturing information and communication technologies (ICT) industry that drive innovation and development. Harnessing this potential depends on a variety of factors, including open innovation models, such as free software. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-05-04T07:03:47Z News Item Updated guide on Open Source for SMEs The third edition of a guide to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt Open Source software has been published. Different types of software applications and businesses models are addressed, making this guide useful for most SMEs that wish to simply use FOSS or even build a FOSS-based business approach. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2008-12-04T14:21:09Z News Item Many software tenders in EU maybe 'illegal' Software tenders by European public administration often may not comply with EU regulations, illegally favouring proprietary applications. "These tenders could be protested against, and if necessary the tendering organisations could be taken to court", said Karel De Vriendt, head of the IDABC unit responsible for the Open Source Software Observatory and Repository ( No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2008-11-27T16:01:50Z News Item Introduction to the European Union Public License (EUPL) The EUPL is the first European Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) license. It has been elaborated by the European Commission in respect of European law requirements and has official value in 22 languages. It can be used by anyone for software distribution. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2008-11-04T14:18:51Z News Item EC to publish open source procurement guidelines A new European Commission funded document aims to explain the benefits of open source software and open standards to government agencies and aid them in compiling invitations to tender No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2009-01-14T10:49:08Z News Item EU Research investigates the Quality and Socioeconomic aspects of Free Libre Open Source Software As part of its research funding activities the European Commission has been funding research into Free, Libre and Open Source software (FOSS) for a number of years. Many projects make use of existing FOSS. Some focus on FOSS itself, seeking to improve the technologies used and to remove barriers for adoption and use. No publisher xavier EU-policy-research 2008-10-30T13:23:16Z News Item