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IT: Advocacy group re-launches free software awareness-raising campaign for 2011 election candidates

06.05.2011

Italian non-profit organisation Associazione per il Software Libero (ASSOLI) re-launched the ‘Dear Candidate’ campaign on the occasion of the elections to be held on 15-16 May 2011. This awareness-raising initiative urges all...


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EU/GR: Greece becomes the first EU Member State to use Open e-PRIOR

04.05.2011

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) presented a workshop at the University of Piraeus (Athens), the outcome of which was the successful set-up of Open e-PRIOR, as a test implementation, on a...


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Kompetenzzentrum Open Source Software auf dem LinuxTag 2011

02.05.2011

02. Mai 2011 Auch dieses Jahr findet der LinuxTag nicht ohne das Kompetenzzentrum Open Source Software (CC OSS) in Berlin statt. Besuchen Sie den Stand des CC OSS in Halle 7.2a auf dem Stand 133. Wir freuen uns...


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'Open source on the rise in UK schools'

30.04.2011

The United Kingdom's institutions for higher and further education are increasing their use of free and open source software, concludes OSS Watch, a public service organisation, following a survey. Most needed are tools to...


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FR: Research institute donates hardware to free software developers

30.04.2011

Free software developers in France can soon write and compile their solutions using computer hardware donated by a French national computer science research institution. The institute, which preferred not to be named, is donating...


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DE: Munich and Interior Ministry to present at LinuxTag Berlin

29.04.2011

Representatives from Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior, the state capital of Munich and the city council of Munich will be talking about their public administration's use of open source and open source, at the next...


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DK: Study reveals financial benefits of re-using IT system elements as open source

28.04.2011

According to a report, Danish Government IT projects could make substantial savings if they developed and re-used system elements as open source, it was announced on 27 April 2011.


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EU: Free software advocates want procurement rules improved

28.04.2011

Europe's rules on public procurement should be improved to allow better access to free and open source software applications, according to advocacy groups and the OSOR project. They responded to a public consultation by the...


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GL: Campaign to remove advertisements for non-free PDF readers from public institutions enters second phase

27.04.2011

The PDF readers campaign of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), which asks public institutions to remove advertisements for proprietary PDF readers on their websites, is now entering a second phase of sending reminders to...


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NL: Geo-standards added to the 'comply or explain' list

22.04.2011

Geo-standards have been added to the 'comply or explain' list of open standards of the Dutch Standardisation Board (College Standaardisatie, in Dutch), it was announced on 24 March 2011. This means that all Dutch government...


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Alternative, open source mail server improves MEPs' email access

21.04.2011

Policy staffers at the Greens/European Free Alliance are offering MEPs and their staff better access to their email, using a server built with free and open source software. The staffers want the EP to increase its use of free...


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US: Free software to monitor use of Federal Government IT investments

21.04.2011

The United States has taken actions to make its public financial management more transparent for citizens so as to provide them with a window into public sector management of financial resources. In response to this effort, the...


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Swedish municipalities fail strategy for electronic document formats

19.04.2011

Municipalities in Sweden fail to consider the long-term consequences of the document format of their documents when procuring software, says Björn Lundell, a researcher at the University of Skövde. He concludes that when...


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CH: New structural plan of the Geneva Canton promoting free software in education

19.04.2011

In February 2011, the State Councilor in charge of the Department of Education, Culture and Sport (Département de l’Instruction Publique, de la Culture et du Sport - DIP) of the Canton of Geneva Charles Beer approved the...


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IT: Advocates welcome Fabriano municipality's embracing of free software

19.04.2011

In a news article released in March 2011, Italian free software advocacy organisation PDP Free Software User Group (PDP FSUG) enthusiastically welcomed the unanimous political move in favour of free software voted for in 2010 at...


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AU: Government updates open source guide in line with national policy, and seeks public consultation on new version

19.04.2011

To complement the 2011 open source software policy, the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has updated its open source software guide. In addition, it is looking for public input on this revised draft.


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DE: Parliamentarians ask government to support free software

18.04.2011

The German political party Alliance '90/The Green wants the Federal government to do more to support the use of free software. The parliamentariens disapprove that the ministry of Foreign Affairs is moving back to proprietary...


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ES: Asturias region adopts open source technology for local government

18.04.2011

The Asturian Technology Services Consortium (CAST), which is made up of the Government of the Principality of Asturias and the town councils with less than 20 000 inhabitants, has launched a programme to set up a collaboration...


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Company allows GPLv3'ed Javascript libraries to be distributed as EUPL

16.04.2011

The Javascript libraries developed by US-based software company Sencha, published as open source using the GPLv3 free software licence, are available for redistribution using the EUPL. The company this Monday added the EUPL to...


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UK: The National Archives releases new version of file-identification software DROID

15.04.2011

On 7 March 2011, the National Archives launched the newest version of Digital Record Object Identification (DROID), an open source, file-identification and digital data management tool for the public and private sectors, and for...


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SEE-Konferenz 2011

15.04.2011

15. April 2011 Auch dieses Jahr veranstaltet die Bundesstelle für Informationstechnik (BIT), neben der Technischen Universität Clausthal und der Firma 4Soft GmbH, die Software & Systems Engineering...


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DK: Political agreement reached on Open standards

15.04.2011

Since 1 April 2011, there have been no mandatory requirements for the format in which public authorities shall provide editable documents.


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CH: Free software to allow access to Confederation geoportal via mobile terminals

15.04.2011

The Federal Administration has developed jointly with the cantons, cities, universities and private companies a project for a free web-based geographic application that allows access to the geoportal ‘geo.admin.ch’ via a simple...


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PT: Open standards become prerequisite for government IT

13.04.2011

Portugal's parliament adopted a law last Wednesday requiring the country's public administrations to use open standards, including for their electronic documents.


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Neue Open-Source-Produkte veröffentlicht

11.04.2011

11. April 2011 Im März 2011 wurden folgende interessante Open-Source-Produkte auf unseren Webauftritt veröffentlicht: -          Mozilla...


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Ideen- und Best-Practice-Wettbewerb zu Open Source/Open Standards

08.04.2011

08. April 2011 Im Projekt Zukunft wird in Berlin zu einem Ideen- und Best-Practice-Wettbewerb im Technologiefeld Open Source/Open Standards aufgerufen. Prämiert werden dabei Ideen und bereits erfolgreich...


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Openforum Europe welcomes UK Government ICT strategy, and urges implementation at local level

08.04.2011

On 30 March 2011 the Cabinet Office published the ‘Government ICT Strategy’, confirming the UK’s determination to move its public sector away from being locked in to large-scale single supplier proprietary software solutions.


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DE/EU: City of Munich receives European Document Freedom Day Prize

08.04.2011

At Document Freedom Day on 30 March 2011, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) awarded the German City of Munich with a Document Freedom Day Prize.


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FR: 282 candidates during 2011 cantonal elections sign formal free software agreement thanks to ‘Candidats.fr’ initiative

08.04.2011

April, the French advocacy organisation for free software and open standards, relaunched the ‘Candidats.fr’ initiative on the occasion of the cantonal elections held on 20 and 27 March, 2011. This awareness raising campaign on...


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MEPs want Commission to disclose details of proprietary software deal

06.04.2011

Four Members of the European Parliament today asked the European Commission to disclose the details on the awarding of a contract for proprietary software licences for the operating system of its 36.000 desktop computers. The...


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NL: Kerkrade wins the ‘Open call for tenders of the year’ award

01.04.2011

The municipality of Kerkrade has won the ‘Open call for tenders of the year’ competition held by Netherlands in Open Connection (NoiV), the Dutch government’s resource centre on open standards and open source. The announcement...


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FR: Space agency to use Apache Commons Math

01.04.2011

On 18 March 2011, the Apache Commons team announced that the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) had selected the open source software Apache Commons Math as part of the basis of its future space flight...


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CH: Political pressure 'last option' to increase competition

31.03.2011

Getting Swiss politicians to force the improvement of public procurement rules, is the last option open to a group of eighteen open source companies, according to representatives. The past two years, group in vain tried to get...


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UK: Researchers say open source lowers costs, increases security

31.03.2011

The health care sector can lower its costs and increase the security of its IT systems, by making more use of open source, according to research by the University of Warwick’s Institute for Digital Healthcare and the Centre for...


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INT: ODF 1.2 is approved as a Committee Specification

29.03.2011

On 17 March 2011, the Technical Committee (TC) of the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument or ODF) officially and unanimously approved ODF 1.2 as a Committee Specification.


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NL: Court of Audit 'failed' in its independent review of open source

28.03.2011

The Dutch Court of Audit has failed to do an independent review of the government's savings possible with open source, writes Hans Sleurink, editor of the Open Source Jaarboek, an annual review on open source developments, in a...


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ES: Galicia joins Cenatic Board of Trustees

28.03.2011

The regional government of Galicia joined Spain's National Reference Centre for the Application of Information and Communication Technologies (Centro Nacional de Referencia de Aplicación de las Tecnologías de la Información y la...


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EU: European Parliamentarians participate in Document Freedom Day

25.03.2011

Members of the European Parliament and their assistants are participating in this year's Document Freedom Day, a 'grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in...


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CY/EU: OSEPA project goes to Nicosia

23.03.2011

The latest round of activities of the OSEPA project, namely a steering group meeting, an interregional workshop and site visits, were held in Nicosia, Cyprus on 8-11 March 2011.


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PL: School curriculum to be modernised with courses on free software

21.03.2011

The Polish Foundation on Open and Free Software (Fwioo) is establishing a team of ten experts to help develop courses on free and open source software, meant to be used in secondary schools as well as in technical schools.


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AU: Government moves to encourage use of Open Source Software

21.03.2011

On 27 January 2011, Special Minister of State Gary Gray released the revised Australian Government Open Source Software Policy, which requires agencies to consider both open source and proprietary software for all ICT...


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Business Software Alliance sieht britische Open-Standard-Entscheidung als Kostentreiber

18.03.2011

18. März 2011 Mit ihrer Beschaffungsrichtlinie vom 31.01.2011 (Action Note 3/11 31 January 2011) hatte die britische Regierung ein klares Signal für den Einsatz offener Standards gesetzt....


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Zehn Jahre Free Software Foundation Europe

18.03.2011

18. März 2011 Die Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) wird im März zehn Jahre alt. Der gemeinnützige Verein fördert wie auch seine Schwesterorganisation, die Free Software Foundation, den...


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DE: Company network to be funded to develop open source business software

18.03.2011

A group of companies will receive federal funding for the integration of business software to open source, it was announced in March 2011.


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FR: April publishes new argumentation tools on public procurement contracts

17.03.2011

The French advocacy organisation for free sofware and open standards April continues its campaign against discriminatory calls for tenders with new information and awareness-raising resources.


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CH: Open source portal goes live

17.03.2011

The Swiss portal www.opensource.ch was launched on 16 March 2011 to provide a comprehensive source of information in German on open source software, including news, white papers, articles, job vacancies, events and videos.


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Einladung zur Veranstaltung Open Source Software in der Verwaltung – Erfahrungen und Entwicklungen

16.03.2011

16. März 2011 Erfahrungsaustausch, wertvolle Praxistipps und Einblicke in aktuellen Entwicklungen stehen im Vordergrund unseres Symposiums zum Thema Open-Source-Software (OSS) in der Verwaltung.   Wir...


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ES: Galician Government releases comparative study on open software-based eCommerce platforms

14.03.2011

Galicia's General Secretariat for Modernisation and Technological Innovation (Secretaría General de Modernización e Innovación Tecnológica, in Galician) released on 7 March 2011 a comparative study on open software-based...


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France appoints CIO but takes interoperability off task list

11.03.2011

The French advocacy organisation for free sofware and open standards, April, fears that the country's government is changing cource on the use of open standards and open source software by public administrations. April notes...


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NL: 'Moving to open source would save government one to four billion'

11.03.2011

The Dutch could save one to four billion Euro per year, if their public administrations would move to open source software, according to calculations done by the ministry of the Interior. The ministry deemed the report 'unsound'...


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