Osor

Open Source Observatory May & June 2017

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published for the European Commission in May & June 2017.

Open Source Observatory April 2017

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published for the European Commission in March 2017.

Open Source Observatory March 2017

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published for the European Commission in March 2017.

Open Source Observatory February 2017

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published for the European Commission in February 2017.

Open Source Observatory January 2017

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published for the European Commission in January 2017.

Open Source Observatory December 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published for the European Commission in December 2016.

Open Source Observatory November 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published for the European Commission in November 2016.

Open Source Observatory October 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published for the European Commission in October 2016.

Open Source Observatory September 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published in September 2016 for the European Commission.

Open Source Observatory August 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published in August 2016 for the European Commission.

Open Source Observatory June 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published in June 2016 for the European Commission.

Open Source Observatory May 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published in May 2016 for the European Commission.

Open Source Observatory April 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published in April 2016 for the European Commission.

Open Source Observatory March 2016

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) articles I wrote and published in March 2016 for the European Commission.

Open Source Observatory February 2016

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from February 2016, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory January 2016

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from January 2016, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory December 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from December 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory November 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from November 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory October 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from October 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory September 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from September 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory August 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from August 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory July 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from July 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory June 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from June 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory May 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from May 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory April 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from April 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory March 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from March 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory February 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from February 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory January 2015

My Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from January 2015, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory December 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from December 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory November 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from November 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory October 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from October 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory September 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from September 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory July 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) from July 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory June 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from June 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory May 2014

Open Source Observatory April 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from April 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory March 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from March 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the

Open Source Observatory February 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from February 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory January 2014

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from January 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open Source Observatory December 2013

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from December 2013, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

No argument left alive

The Dutch police’s Internet Research and Investigation Network (iRN) by default only uses free and open source solutions based on open standards and developed publicly.

Open Source Observatory November 2013

All the Open Source Observatory (OSOR.eu) headlines from November 2013, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Europas Behörden vertrauen zunehmend auf Open-Source-Software

In Europa wird der Einsatz von Open-Source-Software allmählich zur Erfolgsstory.

The total cost of ownership of free software

It took them a few months, they said, but the folks at Syone, ESOP and Caixa Mágica in Portugal managed a great line-up for the Evento Linux conference, on 26 September 2013.

Former CIO of Swiss Intellectual Property Institute praises open source

Public administrations need not fear switching to open source, says Matthias Günter, until last month CIO of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. “Wherever we use it, after the usual careful selection that we apply to any software implementation, it proves its worth.”

'TCO should include exit costs and cost of vendor lock-in'

Exit costs, the cost of IT vendor lock-in, the cost of network effects and innovation should be included in any Total Cost of Ownership financial estimate of IT projects, says the OpenForum Academy, a think-tank.

Advocacy groups decry Freiburg's stealth return to proprietary office

The board of the German city council of Freiburg should disclose the analysis that underlies its move back to proprietary office software, say the Open Source Business Alliance, the Free Software Foundation Europe and the Bundesverbands Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie.

Report shows meagre rise in use of open source by parliaments

Parliaments around the world are only slowly increasing their use of free and open source solutions, according to the World e-Parliament Report 2012, published last week.

Luxembourg's cadastre administration prefers to use open source

The cadastre administration in Luxembourg uses open source software solutions where possible.

Spain's e-gov centre

Spain’s public administrations are aware of the advantages of sharing and reusing software solutions. According to a white paper published on 2 August by the PAE, the federal administration’s e-government portal, both technology and platforms for collaboration are mature.

Absent interoperability in desktop applications locks-in Mannheim city

The 4200 desktop PCs used in the public administration of the German city of Mannheim are completely locked-in by proprietary software, says head of the city’s IT infrastructure department, Gerd Armbruster. The city quietly abandoned a move to open standards and open source in 2007. “Vendor independence is no longer a political topic, here.”

Mayor of Munich

All laptops used by European officials should have either LibreOffice or OpenOffice installed, two open source suites of office applications. This suggest the mayor of the German city of Munich, Christian Ude, to Neelie Kroes.

Lack of political support hinders open source desktop

Of the fifteen million civil servants in the member states of the European Union, those in education and health care not included, 105 thousand use a PC running an open source operating system.

Commission tailors GNU/Linux server specialised in blogs

The European Commission’s IDABC unit responsible for the Open Source Software Observatory and Repository (OSOR) will publish it’s own derivative of Debian GNU/Linux to provide organisations with an easy way to create blogs and forums, the unit announced on Friday.

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 (osor.eu).

'Changes to GPL beneficial for government's use of Open Source'

The new version of the GNU General Public Licens (GPLv3) has increased the usefulness of the licence to the French government, says Thierry Aimé, an IT architect at the French ministry of Finance.

ODF made national standard in Sweden

The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as a national standard, the ODF Alliance reported this week.