This site has been archived on
Network and Communication Technologies

Software Technologies (ST)

Find the most recent information on EU Funding activities in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by visiting our ICT in FP7 website , which covers ICT in the 7 th Framework Programme (FP7) 2007 - 2013.

Workshop on Free and Open Source Software and International Cooperation

Brussels, 21 April 2005

This workshop was dedicated to open source software and international cooperation. The workshop had been jointly organized by the DG INFSO's units dealing with "Software Technologies" and "International Relations".

The rationale for the workshop is that the phenomenon of open source software has received worldwide attention. Due to this global interest and the pervasiveness of software, OSS offers opportunities for global partnerships under the umbrella of joint research efforts.

The workshop had speakers from Japan, Korea and China (participation from other parts of the world had been planned, but was not possible due to the unavailability of relevant speakers). Also main European activities in the domain of OSS and international cooperation were presented. This was followed by a round table discussion with participants from European industry.

The workshop offered a unique mix of information from Asian and European activities, and provided illuminating views from industry. For further information, see the presentation material.


Chaired by Prof. Giancarlo Succi, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

14:00 - 14:10 Welcome and introduction
Simon Bensasson - Head of Unit, INFSO A4 "International Relations"
Dirk van Rooy - INFSO D3 "Software technologies"
14:10 - 14:40 A Japanese perspective on open source software promotion in Asia
Takashi Kume, Deputy Director, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
14:40 - 15:10 An open source perspective from China
Zhao Chen - Chief Engineer, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
15:10 - 15:40 An open source perspective from Korea
Sungha Yang - Vice-president of KIPA, Korean Open Source Promotion Centre, Korea
15:40 -16:00 break
16:00 - 16:30 European research in open source and international collaboration
CALIBRE - Co-ordination Action for Libre Software Engineering for Open Development Platforms for Software and Services
Pär Agerfalk - University of Limerick
FLOSSWorld - Free/Libre and FLOSS: Worldwide Impact Study
Ruediger Glott - MERIT, University of Maastricht
16:30 - 17:30 Round table discussion: "Needs and opportunities to develop a common software platform based on the open source software" with industry participation and the session speakers
José María Cavanillas - Atos Origin, Spain
Heikki Saikkonen - Nokia, Finland
Arnoud Engelfriet - Philips, The Netherlands
17:30 - 17:40 Wrap-up and next steps
Jesús Villasante - Head of Unit, INFSO D3 "Software technologies"

Back to the morning session

Related links