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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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Untangle: a powerful suite for Internet management applications

Untangle: a powerful suite for Internet management applications

Organisation:Municipality of Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus

In October 2009 the municipality of Strovolos was looking for an internet content filter solution with the less possible cost in order to enhance the productivity of the municipalityís staff by minimizing the time spent on internet by the staff and also to strengthen the system security of the municipality. 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 ...