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Re: Debian and the Open Source Observatory

On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 02:54:48PM +0000, Martin Michlmayr - Debian Project Leader wrote:
> The EC has launched a new service known as the "Open Source
> Observatory":
> http://europa.eu.int/ISPO/ida/jsps/index.jsp?fuseAction=showChapter&chapterID=452&preChapterID=0
> I just looked through all these pages to see whether Debian is
> mentioned and to find out if we should submit more information.
> There is a section "Open Source practice" with "Case studies zooming
> in on certain Open Source adoptions in Member States."
> http://europa.eu.int/ISPO/ida/jsps/index.jsp?fuseAction=showChapter&chapterID=470&preChapterID=0-452
> There is already a case study about LinEx, but unfortunately it does
> not mention Debian at all.  Since the author of this page is not
> listed, I contacted Jesus M Gonzalez-Barahona to see if he can get in
> touch with LinEx.
> I think that it would be great to have a case study about the
> adoption of Skolelinux.  Unfortunately, the page says "Member States"
> so I'm not sure they'll accept a case study about Skolelinux in
> Norway.  However, as Skolelinux is deployed in other countries a well,
> perhaps someone else can volunteer to write something? (and then
> mention all countries using Skolelinux)
> I will suggest to the Open Source Observatory to create a listing of
> FLOSS projects in the "Resources" section (listing KDE, GNOME, Debian,
> etc).  They currently have a page about "OSS Centres and
> Organisations: by country"
> http://europa.eu.int/ISPO/ida/jsps/index.jsp?fuseAction=showDocument&documentID=1631&parent=chapter&preChapterID=0-452-471
> but none about specific projects.  On the organization page, I think
> Skolelinux and NUUG should be listed (as other organizations in
> non-member countries are listed).  Debian-ES can also be listed there
> later (HispaLinux is there already).
> Finally, there's a page "Reference documents in some EU Member States"
> which people might find interesting:
> http://europa.eu.int/ISPO/ida/jsps/index.jsp?fuseAction=showDocument&documentID=1666&parent=chapter&preChapterID=0-452-471
> Perhaps this page shows you contacts in your country with whom you can
> talk about Debian.
> In summary, I will contact them and suggest:
>   - the creation of a listing of FLOSS projects
>   - the addition of Skolelinux and NUUG to the "OSS Organisations"
>     page.
> Anything else I've forgotten?

The list of links is almost all from .com TLD. The developers of this web
site should be introduced to the .org TLD, e.g. www.gnu.org. 

I haven't looked carefully enough to determine when this web site was 
started, but it appears to be relatively new. It should be encouraged
and guided (Debian Social Policy should require this, IMHO) The way
this site develops could have serious consequences for the direction
of EU software patent policy. I'm a USA citizen, living in USA. I
don't know how useful pushing from here would be. But there are 
plenty of right thinking people in Europe (maybe more, even, than here).
Go for it!

Paul E Condon           

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