Continuing with posts about the talks of the subject Case Study II, this time we had a presentation of Roberto Andradas Izquierdo, Libresoft systems administrator, and he talked about the project OSOR (Open Source Observatory and Repository) and his experience as contributor to this project.

What is OSOR?

OSOR was a platform that started with the objective of managing various aspects of FLOSS for European public administrations, providing different services to work with FLOSS, providing access to FLOSS, provide guidance for research projects and FLOSS information point around this world. It was an IDABC initiative, funded by the European Commission, to encourage public administrations to use FLOSS for their IT and connect different initiatives all in a community as well as provide best practices for using FLOSS.

The European Commission decided to use as an image of this bee project, as it represents the following principles that identify the project:

  • Community.
  • Cooperation.
  • Sharing.

Some numbers

OSOR was a project with a considerable size at the end of the project had more than 250 projects in public administrations across Europe, with developers around the world, with 2,500 federate projects (other forges) with more than 400,000 downloads . Also with dozens of case studies, hundreds of news, events and guides.

More about OSOR

OSOR was not only a platform that was used to create or hosting projects, but also provided a news system, through which users could add news about FLOSS and also where a journalist specializing in free software was responsible for managing the news more relevant and important to the community OSOR, an event handler, which showed the most important events anywhere in the world on FLOSS, a library of case studies of success, providing how-to’s for future projects and finally a specific place for the community, providing the necessary services to manage communities such as blogs, forums and more.

Project Registration

To register a project OSOR was necessary to satisfy the following restrictions:

  • The project must be an Open Source project.
  • Platform reserved for software and projects that are publicly financed.
  • Uploaded Software and documentation must be made available for free and under an Open Source license.
  • Project evaluation based on the 10 principles.

EUPL 1.1

During the OSOR project was created EUPL license, which was the first European Free/Open Source Software License and is approved by the OSI.

What about OSOR nowadays?

OSOR y SEMIC.EU merged to create the project Joinup in December 2011, managed by the European Commission.

From my point of view the concept of OSOR is very well thought out, because provide technical resources and expertise to develop FLOSS projects is a great initiative. However I not tend to agree that is only accessible to the public administrations. This leaves many people unable to participate or propose good projects which can benefit everyone or that they can not use all the support that is  made available in OSOR. I think precisely because it is an initiative of the European Commission should be accessible to all individuals, organizations and European companies without restrictions.

OSOR presentation

OSOR video




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