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F/OSS in national programs

This Workpackage aims to start up national programmes for improved usage of F/OSS in some of the target countries and develop guidelines that will be used for F/OSS adoption in the public sector.

This Workpackage aims to start up national programmes for improved usage of F/OSS in some (at least one) of the target countries and develop guidelines that will be used for F/OSS adoption in the public sector. As part of this Workpackage, an expert group (containing individuals from partners, as well as policy makers from governmental bodies) will be established in the kick-off meeting in which all participants will attend. This expert group will also help national and regional government institutes understand the benefits of F/OSS and open source components where possible.

A main goal of Workpackage WP2 is to produce a roadmap for F/OSS adoption. The deliverables of the work package are designed according to this main goal.

Workpackage 2 tasks:

  1. Organizing one workshop(s) aiming to determine the requirements for national programs with special focuses on best practices and success stories, F/OSS in the public sector and migration strategies.

  2. Preparing research documents which can be proposed to be added to the National ICT Programmes. These documents should focus on the following items:

    • Usability centers, F/OSS R&D and solution centers

    • Making use of F/OSS for e-learning

    • F/OSS training and certification solutions for IT people, developers and users making use of existing or new training institutions

    • Catalyzing the formation of open source communities and participation in the development of open source software as part of global projects

    • Collaborative models of joint development between “F/OSS target countries" and MS with superior F/OSS adoption.

    • Building partnerships within the public and private sectors and civil society, as well as regionally within Europe.

    • Preparing not only high-line case histories, but also all the details needed to copy and implement F/OSS solutions locally.

  3. Lobbying the national strategies decision makers in public sector by putting forward reports on economical and social benefits of F/OSS usage. These reports can include success stories in Europe and worldwide.

  4. Developing guidelines towards F/OSS adoption and dissemination in public bodies.

F/OSS National Programme workshop report - Annexes

Along with workshop presentation slides, you can also find briefs on F/OSS status in European countries such as Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Malta, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, and Ukraine.

F/OSS National Programme workshop report - Annexes tOSSad_D06_V1.6_Annexes.zip 2.09 MB (Bülent Özel - 24/10/2006)

Economical and Social Benefits of F/OSS Report

This report examines the major benefits of the F/OSS adoption within Public Administrations. It highlights the economic basis for such government decisions and whether F/OSS provides cost effective solutions to Public Administration's current reliance on proprietary software (PS). The report argues that F/OSS offers benefits beyond economic interests towards an open society reducing as well the digital divide.

Economical and Social Benefits of F/OSS Report tOSSad_D09_V2.7.pdf 162.65 kB (Kaan Erkan - 16/07/2006)

F/OSS National Programme Start-up Roadmap Report

This deliverable of EU funded (under FP6 IST-3 program) tOSSad (towards Open Source Software adoption and dissemination) project includes the start-up roadmap report towards F/OSS adoption in national programs. Driving upon recent studies, findings of other related EU funded studies, and experiences from both governmental and non-governmental establishments, the report proposes methods, options, and criteria towards Free/Libre/Open Source Software (F/OSS) adoption in public institutions.

F/OSS National Programme Start-up Roadmap Report tOSSad_D07_V2.7.pdf 505.93 kB (Kaan Erkan - 16/07/2006)

F/OSS National Programme workshop report

This workshop report discusses status, requirements and  obstacles of FOSS adoption for national programs around Europe. The workshop was held in Merida,  on October 26, 2005,  within Open Source World Conference, in Extremadura, Spain.

It highlights the fact that there exists a will in the Public Administrations to use F/OSS, but it is mainly limited to regional and local administrations. It points unclear position of the central government administrations on the usage of F/OSS. Although high level government representatives often support F/OSS, there are almost no examples of legislative papers, or strategies, or any documents issued by central Governments that stimulate and encourage the usage of F/OSS.

 

F/OSS National Programme workshop report tOSSad_D06_V1.6.pdf 141.30 kB (Bülent Özel - 24/10/2006)