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OSEPA Open Source Policy Statement

OSEPA project is dedicated in exchanging experiences in order to identify and analyze good practices. The main planned results of the project are to exchange knowledge and experiences on FOSS usage by European Public Administrations; gather, review, exchange, transfer best practices about FOSS uptake and related policies.

Main parts of the project are:

  • Survey of current FOSS usage in consortium countries and in some EU non-consortium countries (reaching at least 20 countries). The survey will tackle current use of FOSS, attitudes and experiences, readiness assessment, inhibitors, etc
  • A requirements analysis and guidelines on software procurement policies of European Public Administrations
  • Interregional events (9 Workshops, 6 Study Visits & 6 Site Visits) aiming to facilitate exchange of experiences
  • A Good Practice Guide on FOSS uptake among European Public Administrations (aiming to collect and consolidate concrete evidence helping policy makers and experts to shape their own policies)
  • Analysis and recommendations on European and National Policies and practices on FOSS (aiming to offer a policy overview that twill make comprehensible the dynamics, the potential the inhibitors and the policy obstacles related to FOSS adoption)

The workshops focus on reviewing good practice cases and exploring on how/when FOSS can be successfully adopted and deliver productivity /cost/strategy gains.

Study Visits aim to offer the consortium partners the opportunity to access the know-how (processes, solutions, approaches, etc) already adopted by FOSS more experienced partners. The acquirement of operational and technical knowledge is expected to influence debates on relevant policies.

The objective of the Site Visits is:

  • To promote bilateral assessment of policies (that will remain confidential)
  • To feed a comparative analysis of existing practice (that, as a synthesis, will became available to all European Public Administrations and contribute to influence the relevant policy debate).