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101 student proposals for GFOSS’ projects in Google Summer of Code 2018

On Monday March 27th, the submission of students’ final proposals for Google Summer of Code 2018 was completed. The 212 organizations participating in Google Summer of Code 2018 received hundreds of proposals from students from all over the world. For the 22 projects that GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance proposed, 101 final proposals were submitted, … Read more

Call for student proposals for the Google Summer Code 2018

Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on introducing students to open source software development. Students work on a 3 month programming project with an open source organization during their break from university. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together almost 13,000 student participants from over 114 countries worldwide. Google … Read more

Open Technologies Alliance became associate organization of Free Software Foundation Europe

Open Technologies Alliance(GFOSS) became associate organization of Free Software Foundation Europe(FSFE). GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance and FSFE collaborated in dozens of actions in recent years in order to promote the ideals of free software . Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives; and it is important that this technology empowers rather … Read more

Join the Open PM² Conference in February in Brussels

OpenPM² Conference 2018 – Registration now open The registration is now open for the 2018 Open PM² Conference, to be held in Brussels, February 1 and 2, 2018. The Open PM² Conference 2018 is a landmark EU event which brings together 1000 representatives from EU Institutions, Public Administrations of Member States, PM Practitioners, Service Providers … Read more

A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing

By Gretchen Vogel, Kai Kupferschmidt   In a third-floor conference room here overlooking the famous Potsdamer Platz, once bisected by the Berlin Wall, the future of academic publishing is being negotiated. The backdrop is fitting, because if the librarians and academic leaders at the table get their way, another major divide will soon fall: the … Read more

A beginner’s guide to Open Access

“For the first time, the overwhelming majority of scholarly literature is available gratis to anyone with an Internet connection.” The recent publication of an academic paper, published before peer review, has lasting implications for academic publishing and for the conduct of research. Himmelstein et al reported in Science that 99.3% of valid incoming requests for academic … Read more

First German National Action Plan for more Transparency and Open Government

The German federal government adopted its first Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP) today. With the NAP, the federal government takes important steps to strengthen citizen participation. The 15 commitments in the NAP  will provide new ways to increase transparency, open innovation and enhance the effectiveness of governments and administrations. The Working Group … Read more

Mozilla launches new effort to counter fake news

Mozilla, the creators of the popular Firefox web browser, are launching a new program to counter fake news stories. Fabricated news, made to mislead or turn a profit, is a growing problem in online communities. The U.S. intelligence community assessed that Russia used social media to propagate misinformation campaigns throughout the 2016 presidential race. “Misinformation devalues the open … Read more

GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance became an Associate Organization in OW2 Consortium

GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance has become an Associate organization of the OW2 Consortium. OW2 is an independent, global, open-source software community. The mission of OW2 is to a) promote the development of open-source middleware, generic business applications, cloud computing platforms and b) foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem. OW2 developments follow a flexible, … Read more