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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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Migration to OSS in desktop PCs and servers

Organisation:City of Schwaebisch Hall, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

In 2001, as the support for the operating system and the office application, which have been used up to then, was discontinued by the software suppliers and the City of Schwäbisch Hall would have to pay substantial license fees for the hardware and software upgrade, the IT department of the City of Schwaebisch Hall decided to assess new alternatives. The positive experiences with OSS in the past encouraged the administrators to use OSS also for the equipment of the future workplaces. Read More ...

Open – source document management system for the public administration based on the national legal requirements.

Organisation:OSS Alliance, Czech Republic

OSS Alliance, a national public organisation of Czech Republic, created in 2009 an administrative application based on open source software for the administering and the management system of documents in public administrations. The developed document management system is based on PHP and MySQL and is licensed under EUPL license. Read More ...