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Free libre and open source software - Worldwide impact study

Objective

Open source software is arguably one of the best examples of open, collaborative, internationally distributed production and development that exists today, resulting in tremendous interest from around the world, from government, policy, business, academic research and developer communities. FLOSSWorld primarily aims to strengthen Europe's leadership in international research in open source and open standards, and to exploit research and policy complementarities to improve international cooperation, by building a global constituency of policy-makers and researchers.

It is expected that FLOSSWorld will enhance Europe's leading role in research in the area of open source and strongly embed Europe in a global network of researchers and policy makers, and the business, higher education and developer communities. FLOSSWorld will enhance the level of global awareness related to open source software development and industry, human capacity building, standards and interoperability and e-government issues in the geographical regions covered by the consortium. The project will result in a stronger, sustainable research community in these regions. Broad constituency-building exercises risk losing momentum after initial workshops and meetings - without specific actions to sustain a focus.

FLOSSWorld will perform three global empirical studies of proven relevance to Europe and third countries, which will provide a foundation for FLOSSWorld's regional and international workshops:
- Human capacity building: investigating open source communities as informal skills development environments, with economic value for employment generation
- Software development: what are the regional and international differences - technical, organisational, business - between open source projects across countries?
- e-Government policy: what policies and behaviour do governments around the world adopt towards open source software, open standards and interoperability?

Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Netherlands

Participants (16)

CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED COMPUTING
India
Address
Ganeshkhind Road
411007 Pune
CHINA STANDARD SOFTWARE CO., LTD
China
Address
418 Guilin Road
200120 Shangai
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
Address
Meiring Naude Road Brummeria
0001 Pretoria
FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LA CIENCIA Y LA TECNOLOGIA EN EXTREMADURA
Spain
Address
Rectorado De La Universidad De Extremadura, Campus Univer \*
06002 Badajoz
FUNDACION PARA LA DIFUSION DEL CONOCIMIENTO Y EL DESARROLLO SUSTENTABLE VIA LIBRE
Argentina
Address
Belgrano 594, Piso 2
5000 Cordoba
HRVATSKA AKADEMSKA I ISTRAZIVACKA MREZA - CARNET
Croatia
Address
Josipa Marohnica Bb
1000 Zagreb
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA DA INFORMACAO
Brazil
Address
Scn Quadra 04 Bloco B Petala D Sala 1102
70710-500 Brasilia
INTERNET SOCIETY BULGARIA
Bulgaria
Address
Velchova Zavera Square 1
Sofia
MIMOS BERHAD
Malaysia
Address
Taman Teknologi Malaysia, Lebuhraya Puchong-sg Besi
57000 Kuala Lumpur
MULTIMEDIJALNI INSITUT
Croatia
Address
Preradoviceva 18
10000 Zagreb
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Address
University Offices, Wellington Square
OX1 2JD Oxford
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
China
Address
Qing Hua Yuan
100084 Beijing
UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS
Spain
Address
Calle Tulipan S/n
28933 Mostoles (Madrid)
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS
Brazil
Address
Cid.univ.zeferino Vaz
13.024-500 Barao Geraldo Campinas
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
South Africa
Address
Modderdamm Road
7535 Bellville
USUARIA ASOCIACION ARGENTINA DE USUARIOS DE LA INFORMATICA Y LAS COMUNICACIONES
Argentina
Address
Rincon 326
C1081ABH Buenos Aires