From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

[edit] facilitates the use of open source software in public administrations and introduces them to the community dynamics behind the software creation process. It features a variety of projects and has several partnering websites, which contribute to further expanding the network.

The platform targets three issues related to the use of OSS in the public sector:

  • Too little knowledge of re-usable software components.
  • Not enough legal knowledge on re-using and publishing software.
  • ‘No one wants to be a pioneer’, i.e. too little knowledge of best practices about using open source software.

One of the main objectives of the project was to re-use as much as possible already available open source solutions. This objective led to the development of a set of innovative tools and services, currently offered by Federated forges: to facilitate the re-use of OSS projects hosted by national repositories, has federated 11 national forges. Users can search among 2.500 federated projects, which have their descriptions translated into English, using the machine translation service of the EC. Virtual Forges: smaller administrations can set up their own virtual forges without having to invest heavily into the necessary infrastructure. Virtual Forges support local languages and are highly integrated with - their hosted projects are automatically federated and visible on the central platform. EUPL – the European Union Public licence: The EUPL is the first European Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) licence. The purpose of the EUPL is to encourage public administrations to embrace the Free/ Open Source model to valorise their software and knowledge. It was officially adopted by the European Commission on 9 January 2007. On 9 January 2009, the European Commission adopted a revised version of the Licence (EUPL v.1.1). The EUPL is now available in 22 official EU languages, in respect of the principle of linguistic diversity of the European Union.

Award info
Award category: opening up the public sector
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Information society, technology, media and audiovisual
Type of activity:
Keywords: Open source, collaboration, open government, European Commission
Short English description: The main objectives of the project was to re-use as much as possible already available open source solutions.
Further information
Organisation: Directorate General for Informatics – European Commission
Other applicants:
Level of government: EU institutions
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Belgium
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:

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