Yearly Archives: 2010

Focus Group Open Source in Public Administrations

ooo forksThe legacy of and office migrations will be at the center of the next Open Source Focus Group meeting, to be held in Rome in January 2011.

In the meantime you might want to have a look at previous events – ranging from open source licensing to tenders and marketplaces – and presentations, all available on the new Focus Group Open Source blog hosted on

Open Source Think Tank 2011

Olliance Group is organizing the 6th Annual Spring Edition of the Open Source Think Tank, that will be held April 7–9, 2011 in Sonoma, CA at the Sonoma Mission Inn.
Have a look at the Open Source Think tank website if you want to know more about the last editions, included the last one held in Paris in collaboration with the Open World Forum this fall.

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SOS Open Source Reports: SpagoBI

Spagobi Summary ReportSOS Open Source analyzed SpagoBI, the Italian open source business intelligence suite developed by Engineering, one of biggest and oldest Italian IT companies.

SpagoBI is hosted at the OW2 Consortium forge, house of interesting and innovative open source projects like Funambol (see the corresponding report) and Bonitasoft.

SpagoBI code base is stable and well-commented, but it received little popular attention. The absence of books as well as the lack of case studies by third parties are among the possible causes for that.

Read the full article at SOS Open Source.

EU-funded Open Source Initiatives: NESSI’s Missing Deliverables

NESSI, is the “European Technology Platforms” – i.e. industry-led consortia considered by the EU relevant discussion partners to discuss how to achieve Europe’s future growth, competitiveness and sustainability objectives – and its declared strategic objective was to support the evolution from software to services. Not suprisingly open source was supposed to play a major role, but things went differently.

Despite the EU backed NESSI with  about 1 million euros, the Open Source Working Group did very little. As I noticed before NESSI WP description mentions deliverables that never got delivered.

Update: I have been asked from one of the contacts I mentioned to remove all companies’ and organizations’ names. You can find the list in the NESSI Open Source Working Group Manifesto mentioned above.

Until now no news about those deliverables, though.

Open Source Marketplace for Public Administrations: Presentations are online

All presentations of the event held on the 17th of November to talk about electronic purchase of open source services,  are available at the host’s website (Consip, in the news section).

The event, organized in collaboration with the Open Source Focus Group for Public Administrations, focused on how to use the award-winning Italian Public Administration Electronic Marketplace to ease open source procurement processes.