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Study and survey on the impact of Open Source Software and Hardware in the EU economy

Fraunhofer ISI and OpenForum Europe are conducting a study for the European Commission which shall investigate in detail the economic impact of Open Source Software (OSS) and Open Source Hardware (OSH) on the European economy. The study should identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of open source in relevant ICT policies. The Open Source impact … Read more

Are you a content creator? Join UNICEF’s first Youth Mediathon!

In the wake of COVID-19, young people -just like you-  are feeling like they’re no longer in control of their futures. From disrupted schooling, to increased anxiety, to the challenges of finding your first job and standing up for a more sustainable planet. It is normal to be uncertain about your next steps in life.  … Read more

Free Software is More Reliable!

Apologists for proprietary software like to say, “free software is a nice dream, but we all know that only the proprietary system can produce reliable products. A bunch of hackers just can’t do this.” Empirical evidence disagrees, however; scientific tests, described below, have found GNU software to be more reliable than comparable proprietary software. This … Read more

The Critical Role of Open Source and Open Standards on the Road to Secure and Robust Healthcare

FIWARE is known for its ability and speed to address urgent challenges and the needs of society, companies, and public administrations. The need for ready-to-use solutions, based on Open Source and open standards principles – to help automate data sharing – continues to grow rapidly. This has, once again, become evident during the current COVID-19 … Read more

Stakeholder Consultation on the Role of Open Source Software (OSS) and Open Source Hardware (OSH)

Rationale Today, virtually all software products include Open Source Software components. An increasingly large percentage of crucial software platforms and programs are entirely Open Source. The development and uptake of Open Source Hardware and Open Silicon are growing. The impact of this paradigm shift from proprietary systems to more open, collaborative frameworks is being studied … Read more

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS

We believe quality education requires constant adaptation and collaboration.  To best support this, we want to see a world where education everywhere relies on, and helps to build, an evolving infrastructure of open technology.     Our Mission 1. To be the voice for Open Education Technology as a preferred solution for education As developers … Read more

European Parliament strongly recommends any software developed by and for the EU institutions to be made publicly available under Free and Open Source Software licence

Brussels, 15/5/2020 – Yesterday, in plenary, the European Parliament endorsed a number of budgetary discharge reports, which include Pirate amendmentsurging EU institutions to predominantly use Open Source solutions. This success happened despite the joint effort of the EPP and ECR Groups to strike out these essential parts of the reports. In practice, from now on, all IT solutionsdeveloped by and for the EU institutions willfirst needto beassessed against the possibility of using Open Source solutions. Assessments will then have to be reported back … Read more

Contact tracing with a Raspberry Pi Zero-W

Contact tracing via smartphone apps has been widely touted as an important way to control and limit the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. However, basing contact-tracing on phone apps has several limitations. Here are instructions for constructing a contact tracing device prototype with a Raspberry Pi Zero-W. The constructed device is compatible with the Apple/Google … Read more

PostgreSQL Person of the Week, Jimmy Angelakos

PostgreSQL is the World’s most advanced Open Source Relational Database. The interview series “PostgreSQL Person of the Week” presents the people who make the project what it is today. Read all interviews here. Please tell us about yourself, your hobbies and where you are from. I grew up in Athens, Greece, then went to Scotland … Read more

The 16th International Conference on Open Source Systems

13-14 MAY, 2020, INNOPOLIS, RUSSIA, To be held fully online OSS 2020 Promo About OSS 2020 will be a forum to discuss theories, practices, experiences, and tools on development and applications of OSS systems, with specific focus on two aspects:(a) the development of open source systems and the underlying technical, social, and economics issue(b) the … Read more