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[News] British and Spanish Governments Make Steps Towards Free Software

  • Subject: [News] British and Spanish Governments Make Steps Towards Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 03:00:08 +0000
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What the Open Government Directive Means for Open Source

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| On the heels of the Open Government Memo of 
| January 21st, 2009, the Obama Administration 
| has issued the Open Government Directive. 
| The Directive tells agencies what they must 
| do to meet the expectations set by the Memo. 
| The directive names many deadlines for 
| agency compliance, most of them around 
| reducing FOIA backlogs and increasing the 
| amount of agency data released to the 
| public.


Linux of the Rings

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| Last month saw the launch of 
| http://www.data.gov.uk web site not only 
| built on Open Source Technology but designed 
| to give UK-data back to the UK-people. 
| Number one amongst the endorsers was the 
| most celebrated Knight and famous Wizard, 
| Sir Tim Berners-Lee. In the same month both 
| UK political parties restated their total 
| commitment to Open Source software.


- From Open Source to Open Government

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| Yesterday I had an interesting chat with 
| Paul Clarke, an advisor to government 
| departments on digital strategy, and a man 
| with fingers in many interesting pies, about 
| open government. The central issue we were 
| ruminating upon was how to help those within 
| government who want to open up, given the 
| huge inertial forces operating against them. 
| [...]
| I think it comes down to realising that open 
| government is really all of a piece with 
| open source â that the ideas behind 
| openness, collaboration and sharing are 
| universally applicable, and not just limited 
| to the realm of writing code. This means 
| that once a company has begun the open 
| source journey, and started to understand 
| what that implies in terms of how software 
| is created and used, they are then far 
| better placed to work with governmental 
| implementations of the same approach when 
| they appear.


ES: Administrations sponsor extension of open source network monitoring tool  

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| Several public administrations in Spain are 
| sponsoring the development of Zorb, an open 
| source extension to Nagios, an open source 
| network monitoring tool. Zorb allows users 
| to fine-tune the processing of events 
| generated from the monitored instances, 
| hosts and services. Zorb has just been 
| published on the OSOR Forge. 



Spanish Government Reconsiders School Laptop Project

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| A widespread project to equip Spanish primary students with laptops was under
| attack by the free software community for being an undercover operation from
| Microsoft to take over the educational system in the country. Now the
| government is considering a kind of dual booting system.
| As we reported some days ago here, a widespread project to equip Spanish
| primary students with laptops was under attack by the free software community
| for being an undercover operation from Microsoft to take over the educational
| system in the country. In the ongoing flurry of official announcements since
| then, the government has back-pedaled several times, changing its original
| agenda to include regions that are already using free software, and then
| again to announce that the systems would be dual-booting devices.
| [...]
| But it still seems that the powers that be in Spain haven't given this new
| focus much consideration: publishing school textbooks in Spain is a
| multimillion-euro business and many publishers have insisted that the digital
| books that go on to the laptops be DRM-protected. How exactly this would be
| technically and legally implemented on an all FLOSS-based device remains to
| be seen.


ES: Socialist Party wants open source on school laptops

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| According to a report by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Leire PajÃn, the
| party's secretary in a speech in the city of Toledo last Friday said: "We
| will ensure these computers use open source."


ES: Cenatic joins campaign against unlicensed software

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| Cenatic, Spain's national resource centre for open source software, this
| Wednesday will join other organisations in a campaign meant to reduce the use
| of unlicensed copies of software. "Free and open source software provide a
| legitimate alternative that respect the rights of its creators", the
| organisation said in a statement.


ES: Administrations fund open source GIS education tool

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| The ministry of Education in Valencia, one of Spain's autonomous regions and
| the regional government of La Palma are funding development of Edusig, an
| open source tool to help teach geography to school children. The application
| is being hosted on the Osor.eu software development web site since late last
| month.


OSOR launch, Open Source World Conference in Malaga, Spain

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| The OSOR website will be launched in Malaga, at the Open Source World
| Conference. Xavier Heymans has been invited to present the PloneGov
| innitiative. PloneGov is a collaborative software ecosystem, where government
| organizations, non-profits and the private sector work together to share the
| cost of enhanced capabilities.


Viva EspaÃa Libre!

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| Most people know that the Estremadura region in Spain is a pacesetter in
| terms of deploying free software, but here's a handy map that shows how it
| and everyone else is doing in that country.


ES: Open Source looks to eGovernment

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| The new action plan gives top priority to ensuring that Open Source users
| have equal access to eGovernment. Part of that drive will be a series of
| studies and reports on electronic filing, process improvement, transparency
| and electronic billing. These will be linked to Spainâs Law on Citizensâ
| Electronic Access to Public Services.
| [...]
| Currently, CENATIC is working on Open Source applications for XBRL, a
| language for document exchange between administrations. Its interim
| conclusion is that there are viable Open Source solutions for financial
| document exchange between public administrations, small and medium-sized
| enterprises and the tax and regulatory authorities.


Open source tour of Europe: Spain

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| The most famous Spanish Linux open source adoption project has to be
| Extremadura, which set out in 2002 to rejuvenate its services and boost IT
| literacy by making free software available to everyone and building a
| regional intranet.


Biggest ever Spanish open source agreement signed

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| Alfresco Software and Intecna Soluciones have signed a strategic open source
| software agreement with the government of Andalucia.
| The project will be the biggest of its kind in Spanish history.


Richard Stallman in Madrid: Free as in Freedom

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| Speaking a correct Spanish (although with a bit strange accent), and with a
| good dosis of humour, Richard spoke about âThe users and Freedomâ at Rafael
| del Pino foundation.



Akademy-es 2007 in Zaragoza Spain

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| This past weekend, November 16th through the 18th, Zaragoza Spain was the
| home of Akademy-es 2007. The conference began early Saturday morning and
| finished Monday with a Hackathon.


Spain: Another Defeat for OOXML

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| [PJ: The following report says that the results are in from Spain, and the
| technical committee voted 4 to 3 against OOXML. That means that in September,
| Spain will vote Abstain, because the rules require a 2/3 majority. More info
| at NoOOXML.org and OpenXML.info. ]


Microsoft is Outmuscling OOXML Opposition in Spain

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| The Andalusian Government has reported recently the manipulation of Microsoft
| in the National Technical Committee 71 of AENOR. On July 10th, just the day
| before the one and only meeting of AENOR to study DIS 29500 and vote on it,
| Microsoft announced officially (via the secretary of the Committee) that that
| Andalusian Government and several other Spanish public entities were asking
| for the approval of ISO DIS 29500 (what finally resulted all a fake!).


Now It's Spain and OOXML - More Standards Highjinks?

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| It seems there may have been more games played by Microsoft in the OOXML
| saga, or at the very least some confusion spread, and this time our story
| comes from Spain, where the government of Andalusia has now sent an official
| letter of protest [PDF, Spanish] to the president of the technical committee
| deciding whether or not to accept OOXML as an ISO standard, denouncing what
| it called an attempt by Microsoft to manipulate the process by selectively
| quoting from a letter from the Andalusian government back in January as if it
| were an endorsement of OOXML as an ISO standard today. That January letter,
| Andalusia says, was not intended to indicate that it felt there should be an
| acceptance of OOXML by the technical committee.

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