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The attraction of automatic federation

Over the past few weeks, both France and Italy have renewed their efforts to provide easy access to open source solutions developed by and for public services.

Both portals are looking for ways to automatically link their repositories to others. There are three reasons this is easier than, say, ten years ago.

First, these days, software development platforms gravitate towards using Git. This (open source) software was designed around the concept of linking one source code repository to multiple others.

Second, Italy's Team Digitale has presented publiccode.yml, metadata that describes software solutions made by and for public services. The goal is to make such software easier to find - which will boost reuse. The project is supported by the Dutch Foundation for Public Code, and it will get a boost from implementation by France.

And, third, Team Digitale is studying the possibility of integration with ADMS, an alternative schema for the automatic exchange of information on reusable solutions.

ADMS has been around since 2011, its development spearheaded by the European Commission, which uses it for Joinup - the European Commission's eGovernment collaboration portal.

Back in 2009, the European Commission promoted the federation of EU repositories. When the idea was launched through OSOR, it provided links to 1670 projects in 16 repositories across Europe, including Austria (e-Gov labs, which is now at Joinup) Finland (COSS), Slovenia (COKS' Bazaar), Norway (Friprog), Spain (Mancomun and the now-defunct G-Forge), France (Adullact), Denmark (the now out-of-date Softwarebørsen) and others.

This federation involved a lot of manual creation and maintenance of links from repositories using a (small) variety of technologies. It was one of the reasons the Commission began ADMS.

The schema has been implemented by several others, including CTT, Spain's national ICT repository, Adullact, the repository from the eponymous French public service organisation, and, most recently NIO, Slovenia's interoperability portal.

Sharing software is not just easier than ever. Now that more and more countries are doing it, it will encourage others to follow suit. We are looking forward to that.

Latest News
Nurturing Open Source Communities

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR) and EU-FOSSA will organise a workshop “Nurturing Open Source Communities” on 14 November on key sustainability concerns of open source communities. The workshop aims to find practical solutions to tackle sustainability and funding issues in open source.

Portugal’s Seixal completes switch to LibreOffice

The Portuguese town of Seixal has completed its migration to LibreOffice on the workstations across its departments in early 2019. The city administration in 2017 decided to switch to LibreOffice, seeing it the best way to comply with the country’s Law 36, prescribing the use of open standards, including the Open Document Format (ODF), LibreOffice’s the native file format.

New platform listing the source codes of software used by French public administrations

On 9 October 2019, the Etalab mission launched the website, which references and gives access to the list of software source codes published by French public administrations. French public administrations are encouraged to publish the source codes of the software used.

Open Source Software powering the newly developed internal messaging service of the French government.

The French government has found an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram or Slack for its internal communication network. The French government’s interministerial digital service created Tchap, an encrypted messaging service for public servants only to exchange confidential information. The main goals of the project are to ensure the security of the communication network and to improve the interoperability of the service between different administrations.

Ireland’s environmental agency wins eGov open source award

Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has won the Ireland eGovernment API & Open Source Award for its extensive use of open source in its on-line geographic information services (GIS).

AI-based application to join the Estonian government open source software repository

The Estonian government's open source repository has published the first source code of one of the AI-based application used by its administration. TEXTA, the document analysis tool, is now available for public and private sector actors.

Upcoming Events

30/03/2020 - 02/04/2020

#KubeCon #CloudNativeCon Europe 2020 conference

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation will organise the #KubeCon #CloudNativeCon Europe 2020, a four-day event on open source solutions and cloud native solutions. The conference will gather experts, stakeholders and people willing to learn more on cloud native and open source solutions. The conference will take place in the city of Amsterdam, from the 30th of March to the 2nd of April.



OpenTech Summit 2020 in Berlin

The OpenTech Summit is a one-day event organised by the Technical University of Berlin and MotionLab to promote the use of open source solutions across Europe. Taking place in Berlin, the OpenTech Summit is a unique event to bring together stakeholders and open source enthusiasts.

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Representation Powers and Mandates (RPaM) Ontology

The ultimate objective of the Representation Powers and Mandates (RPaM) Ontology is to put forth a commonly agreed vocabulary that conceptualises, formally encodes and makes data available about the representation of powers and mandates in an open, structured and machine-readable format. Context Information on legal entities and their powers and mandates is essential for businesses when establishing relationships with governments, customers or other businesses.

Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure data model

The European Commission is developing the Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure (EDCI) – a set of tools, services and software to support the issuance of authentic, tamper-proof digital credentials (such as qualifications and other learning achievements) across Europe. The EDCI is being developed as part of ongoing work to implement the new Europass Framework for supporting transparency of skills and qualifications in Europe.

Gelinkt Notuleren

Gelinkt Notuleren is a Dutch Variant of Semantics@YourFingerTips which aims to support smaller local Flemish governments to draft legislation following the legal standards put in place by the Flemish Government. The application is internationalized to Dutch and the plugins and microservices follow the needs of Dutch local governments. This solution contains a full application which can be run on premise or in the cloud.

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