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[News] Governments in Europe Gravitate Towards Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Governments in Europe Gravitate Towards Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:46:48 +0100
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How the UK government can follow Obama's open source revolution

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| The Obama White House is releasing custom 
| open source code that it developed itself 
| back to the Drupal community.
| The White House said that by releasing some 
| of its code it will get the benefit of more 
| people reviewing and improving it.


EU: open standards and interoperable systems for e-government 

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| EU governments should use open standards 
| and interoperable systems to deliver 
| electronic government services, EU 
| ministers and the European Commission 
| agreed earlier this week. They also stated 
| they would promote the reuse of public 
| sector information.
| The ministers declared to "embed innovation 
| and cost effectiveness into eGovernment 
| through the systematic promotion of open 
| standards and interoperable systems, 
| development of EU wide e-authentication 
| schemes and proactive development of e-
| invoicing, e-procurement and pre-commercial 
| procurement."


Cenatic: 'Using open source is key for e-government' 

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| Using open source is a key element for 
| delivering electronic government services, 
| argues Cenatic, Spain's national competence 
| centre on open source. In a paper published 
| on 5 April, the centre lists nine other 
| reasons why public administrations should 
| be using open source.
| According to Cenatic, open source software 
| conforms to European rules and 
| recommendations in interoperability. "The 
| European Union and the Spanish Government 
| have decided that the use of open source 
| software is a key element for the 
| development of e-government and open 
| government."


Final version of Procurement and Open Source Software Guideline published 

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| The final version of the Procurement and 
| Open Source Software Guideline has been 
| published on OSOR.eu. The study, 
| commissioned by the European Commission as 
| part of the "Dissemination of good practice 
| in Open Source Software (GPOSS)" measure 
| under the IDABC programme, gives guidelines 
| for public administration on how and why 
| publicly acquire open source software. 



NL: Open source desktops manage shared office space ministries

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| Twenty desktop PCs running the Ubuntu Linux
| distribution are used to manage the
| services at a shared office building in the
| Hague for all Dutch ministries, since the
| beginning of this month.
| The shared office building, called
| Rijkskantoor Beatrixpark, facilitates
| ministries working together on temporary
| projects, and  offers the ministries extra
| office space when needed.


PT: Government procurement agency approves use of open source

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| The Portuguese government agency for public
| procurement has published a list of open
| source applications it deems suitable for
| use by public administrations.
| The selected open source applications are
| now part of the official software catalogue
| published by Portugal's procurement
| authority, the AgÃncia Nacional de Compras
| PÃblicas, ANCP. Included on ANCP's list are
| the database management system MySQL,
| content management system Alfresco, email
| server Scalix and server and desktop
| operating systems Red Hat Linux and Ubuntu
| Linux.


Citizens ask e-government project to use open source and standards

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| Two hundred Romanians have signed a
| petition urging Gabriel Sandu, the Minister
| for Communications and Information Society,
| to support open source software on e-
| government projects. They also ask him to
| use open standards and to make government
| data public electronically.
| The petition was organised by APTI, a
| Romanian Association for Technology and
| Internet. It was organised on-line
| regarding the eRomÃnia project, a 500
| million euro project proposal to make
| government services and information
| available electronically. The project has
| been discussed for the past few years, and
| minister Sandu is one of its supporters.


Dutch Government To Provide Open Source Software Tools To
Help European Businesses

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| The Dutch Government is about to publish as
| open source OS Toolbox PSC, a set of
| software tools that EU member states can
| use to offer or improve their points of
| single contact for entrepreneurs that want
| to start business or offer their services
| anywhere in the EU. The software will be
| made available on the OSOR Forge, the open
| source software repository and development
| platform of the European Commission.

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