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Free libre and open source software - Worldwide impact study


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?

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