Open Source Observatory January 2014

All the Open Source Observatory ( headlines from January 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

EC recommends support of open document formatFinnish schools using open source reap savings
All European institutes should be able to use the Open Document Format (ODF) in exchanges with citizens and national administrations, says Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš ŠefBovič, in response to questions by member of the European Parliament Amelia Andersdotter. “There is no lock-in effect whatsoever, and no contradiction with the Commission’s strategy on interoperability.”Municipalities in Finland that have switched their schools to Linux and other open source solutions are saving millions of euro, says Jouni Lintu, CIO of Opinsys. “Typically, our centrally managed open source computers are at least 40 percent cheaper than the proprietary alternative. The total savings could be 10 million.”
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Free software campaign for European elections
Voreppe:‘Contributing to free software is key’
Berlin: IT centralisation thwarts open source
Dutch provinces share geodata importer as GPL
UK government set on ODF document standard
ETSI: ‘Open source clouds worth considering’
Canton of Bern parliament votes for open source
More libraries switch to KOHA catalogue system
Ubuntu ‘highest score’ in UK gov security test
OSS use Dutch town lowers IT cost 24% vs peers
Advocacy: “Governments should choose ODF”
To improve IT security, EP demands open source
More and more open source in Schleswig-Holstein
Italy posts benchmark open vs closed software
Campaign on open source French local elections
Open source wipes costs Croatia pension fund
Gijs Hillenius
Context for Digital Government

Policy specialist on open source in public services, knowlegde transfer expert