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FLOSSWorld, Final activity report

Project ID: 015722
Funded under: FP6-IST


In recent years, libre (free, FLOSS) software has developed as a novel form of collaborative production. Since its origin as a collaboration between individual volunteers, it has seen tremendous success, both in terms of the commercial and technical strengths of the produced software itself, but also as a model of organisation and development: FLOSS is arguably one of the best examples of open, collaborative, internationally distributed production and development that exists today. This international aspect has resulted in tremendous interest in the domain of FLOSS from around the world, from all communities: government, policy, business, academic research. The EU, thanks in part to its support for projects such as FLOSS and FLOSSPOLS, is currently the world leader in FLOSS development and proactive policies, as well as research on the subject of FLOSS. There is thus a great potential in enhancing existing levels of international cooperation on this topic.
This proposed project primarily aims to strengthen Europe's participation in international research in FLOSS and open standards, and to exploit research and policy complementarities providing mutual benefits for such international cooperation. It proposes to meet this aim by building a global constituency of policy-makers and researchers. By the end of the project, it is expected that Europe's leading role in research in the area of FLOSS will be enhanced, and strongly embedded in a global network of researchers and policy makers. It is expected that the project will greatly enhance the level of global awareness related to FLOSS development and industry, human capacity building, standards and interoperability and e-government issues in the geographical regions represented by the consortium partners. The project will also result in a stronger, sustainable research community in these regions.

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