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Newsletter Vol.2 - May 2011
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Last month was anything but inactive in the Free/Open Source Software front. In Spain, 60 municipalities collaborate using OSS, and in the US, open source software enables citizens to monitor the federal investments in a quest for transparency. An important step in the openness of public administrations was made in the Netherlands where geo-standards were introduced in the specifications that Dutch public administrations must "comply or explain".
The campaign to remove advertisements for proprietary PDF readers, from public institution websites continues. In Italy, the May elections gave the opportunity to free software advocates to ask candidates and policy makers to commit in favour of the Free Software Pact.
Summer is a step away and interesting conferences are organised all over the world. In August, the 6th FrOSCon is organised in Germany, and the DrupalCon is organised in London. FOSS4G 2011 is in September in the US and remember that in the same month, the Software Freedom Day (SFD) is organised around the world.
To follow the OSOR activities, we highly encourage joining the OSOR website (www.osor.eu) and register your project today with OSOR.EU!
Since 1 April 2011, there have been no mandatory requirements for the format in which public authorities shall provide editable documents.This is the conclusion of a meeting between Danish Science Minister Ms. Charlotte Sahl-Madsen and the Danish Parliament's spokesperson for IT on 30 March 2011.
ES: Asturias region adopts open source technology for local government
The Asturian Technology Services Consortium (CAST), which is made up of the Government of the Principality of Asturias and the town councils with less than 20 000 inhabitants, has launched a programme to set up a collaboration platform for business portals in 60 local municipalities.
US: Free software to monitor use of Federal Government IT investments
The United States has taken actions to make its public financial management more transparent for citizens so as to provide them with a window into public sector management of financial resources. In response to this effort, the White House has released open source codes for IT Dashboard and Techstat Toolkit.
NL: Geo-standards added to the 'comply or explain' list
Geo-standards have been added to the 'comply or explain' list of open standards of the Dutch Standardisation Board (College Standaardisatie, in Dutch), it was announced on 24 March 2011. This means that all Dutch government organisations must now incorporate and implement these standards, where applicable.
GL: Campaign to remove advertisements for non-free PDF readers from public institutions enters second phase
The PDF readers campaign of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), which asks public institutions to remove advertisements for proprietary PDF readers on their websites, is now entering a second phase of sending reminders to non-responding public institutions, it was announced on 20 April 2011.
IT: Advocacy group re-launches free software awareness-raising campaign for 2011 election candidates
Italian non-profit organisation Associazione per il Software Libero (ASSOLI) re-launched the 'Dear Candidate' campaign on the occasion of the elections to be held on 15-16 May 2011. This awareness-raising initiative urges all candidates and policymakers to commit to the promotion and dissemination of free software and digital freedom by signing the Free Software Pact.
DE: FrOSCon 2011 - 6th Free and Open Source Software Conference - August 2011
Free Software and Open Source - these are the topics of FrOSCon. The computer science department of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, supported by LUUSA and FrOSCon e.V. are yearly presenting a programme with talks, workshops and an exhibition. The social event gives the opportunity to attendees to exchange opinions with other visitors, speakers or volunteers.
The Drupal Association and the European Drupal community organise the DrupalCon Europe in the United Kingdom. Thousands of Drupal users, developers, designers, evaluators and business people will meet at DrupalCon London for sessions, talks, code sprints and more.
FOSS4G 2011 - Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial: Recent years have seen substantial changes in the geospatial industry. One of those changes has been the growth in maturity and adoption of free and open source solutions. In many cases organisations are using a mixture of open and closed source solutions.
Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide event which aims to educate the public about the benefits of using high quality Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in education, in government, at home and in business. Hundreds of teams from all around the world will be running local events to help their communities understand Software Freedom.
The Open Source Software for eGovernment Community facilitators would like to thank the community members for their contributions which considerably helped the preparation of this newsletter.