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OSEPA Open Source Policy Statement
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2013-02-13, by Vysocina

European Commission have declared support for open source

Following the OSEPA appeal and the OPEN SOURCE POLICY STATEMENT intiated by OSEPA Consorcium, the European Commission has expressed support for the idea of open source implemented by public authorities. The Commission also appreciated the effort and accomplishments of the OSEPA project. It acknowledges the benefits of open source and has every intention of supporting open source within the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Letter to Digital Agenda

Reply of Digital Agenda

2013-01-18, by KEDE

Greek municipality of Kalamaria switches to LibreOffice

Trying to save costs where possible, the administration of the Greek city of Kalamaria is switching to the free and open source office suite LibreOffice, the Greek Linux User Group reports in a press release published last Friday. The volunteer organisation is calling for an alliance, to pool the expertise of Greek public administrations, research institutes and the country's open source advocacy groups.

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2012-12-19, by Sambruk

Report on critical success factors regarding the use of FOSS by European public administrations on the basis of the OSEPA study visits evidence

This document provides an overview of lessons learned through study visits and experience exchange in the context of the OSEPA project aiming to assess and facilitate free and open source software (FOSS) uptake in public administrations.

Based on their outcome, it has been shown that success stories in open source can inspire peer organisations and can speed up FOSS uptake when based on proven effective tools and applications that respond to specific tasks and needs and that can be transferred at minimum cost and effort. What has been also emphatically stated is that sharing and communicating good practices in open source is the key to ensuring a smoother integration and gaining political support from higher officials and top managers.

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Helpdesk and inventory software based on open source software

Organisation:Local Police of Brasschaat, Brasschaat, Belgium

In 2009 the Local Police of Brasschaat decided to implement a helpdesk and an inventory software based on OSS in order to reduce the software procurement costs. After 3 months of studying, the Local Police of Brasschaat started to implement the open source solution. Read More ...

Migration to OpenOffice and adoption of ODF (Open Document Format) and PDF (Portable Document Format) as standard document formats

Organisation:District council of the municipality of Alingsås, Alingsås, Västar Götaland, Sweden

In August 2009 the district council of the municipality of Alingsås decided to replace Microsoft Office with OpenOffice as standard office application and also to adopt ODF and PDF file formats as document formats for documents in a workflow and for fixed documents respectively. Read More ...