Open Source Observatory March 2014

All the Open Source Observatory ( headlines from March 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the

| MEP Tarand: EU should switch to ODF standard | Half of EU has legislation on ICT re-use |

The European institutions should switch to using the Open Document Format ODF as their internal default document format, says Member of the European Parliament Indrek Tarand. Speaking at a meeting of the European Parliament’s Free Software User Group (Epfsug), last week Wednesday, MEP Tarand said: “Moving to ODF would allow real innovation, and real procurement.”Half of the EU Member States have legislation covering sharing or re-use policy, reports a study published on Joinup on 4 March. Governments commonly share publicly their lists of standards, software, and semantic assets such as XML schemas, glossaries and code sets. Some also share organisational assets such as reference architectures and procurement methods.
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Call to fix interoperability of office suites
Open source ideal tool NGO project management
South Tyrol governor: ‘EC, use open formats’
Open source common in Irish education network
Canary Islands make Postgres default database
UK, Israel sign pact on e-government services
Open source gets ‘major role in Future Internet’
Open source introduces Polish schools to ICT
European Parliament covets restart Linux pilot
Trade group calls for level playing field
Savings are main driver for sharing and re-use
South Tyrol to increase use of free software
Open source drives main Romania gov web sites
New Danish guide on public sector open source
Open source at half EU Point of Single Contact
Open source runs web sites European Parliament
Sweden’s Point of Single Contact runs open source
Gijs Hillenius
Context for Digital Government

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