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FLOSSWORLD - Free/Libre and Open Source Software: Worldwide Impact Study, Final Research Report and Policy Impact

Project ID: 015722
Funded under: FP6-IST


Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) 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 aimed to strengthen Europe¿s leadership in international research in FLOSS and open standards, and to exploit research and policy complementarities to improve international cooperation, by building a global constituency of policymakers and researchers. FLOSSWORLD contributes to enhancing Europe¿s leading role in research in the area of FLOSS and strongly embed Europe in a global network of researchers and policy makers, and the business, higher education and developer communities. FLOSSWORLD enhances the level of global awareness related to FLOSS development and industry, human capacity building, and e-government issues in eight developing or transition countries: Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, China, Croatia, India, Malaysia, South Africa
The project contributed to establish a stronger, sustainable research community in these regions, as indicated, for instance, by the generation of a number of further projects including members of the FLOSSWORLD consortium and some new partners from other developing / transition countries.

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