Europe

digital girl of the year
Lune van Ewijk is ten years old and already a role model for kids and adults alike. Last year, she won the Digital Girl of the Year 2013 award from the European Commision, who had this to say about her: Lune develops her own games and interactive movies, designs robots, and dreams of becoming an... Read more
2 comments Posted 15 Jan 2014 by Robin Muilwijk Feed
kids and teens in open source
The first Europe Code Week was held two months ago at schools and CoderDojos in 26 countries around Europe—Ireland and Croatia being the most active. The event was launched to help increase the knowledge shared with school-age children about coding, computer science, and technology by The Young... Read more
2 comments Posted 13 Jan 2014 by Robin Muilwijk Feed
patent reform
On Friday June 7, the German Parliament decided upon a joint motion to limit software patents (see English translation by BIKT). The Parliament urges the German Government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs. Software should exclusively be covered by copyright, and... Read more
open education resources and tools
Over 36,000 students, teachers, and staffers at more than 20 schools in the Swiss city of Basel are using Kolab, an open source email and collaboration suite.
5 comments Posted 11 Jun 2013 by Gijs Hillenius Feed
open source libraries
Developers and project managers involved in open source software projects for public libraries in Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic took a first step to learn more about each other's work. Meeting in a Google Hangout, they introduced their open source software projects,... Read more
1 comment Posted 7 Mar 2013 by Gijs Hillenius Feed
Tug of war
Observing the open source public policy landscape over the past several months, one couldn’t be blamed for feeling optimistic. Government after government, it seemed, was stepping up and laying the ground work for public-sector adoption and private-sector growth of open standards and open source... Read more
4 comments Posted 18 Jan 2013 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
two countries
Governments certainly have more than enough to concern themselves with these days—financial crises, natural disasters and terrorism, to name just a few. Given that’s the case, it’s surprising that so many are finding the time to worry about what kind of standards the products and services they... Read more
0 comments Posted 12 Dec 2012 by Andy Updegrove Feed
software patents
This fall, I went to Amsterdam to talk about "How Software Patents Are Delaying The Future", on a discussion panel organised by the European Patent Office. The other people on the panel were patent attorney Simon Davies, and Ioannis Bozas, a patent examiner at the EPO. The panel was moderated by... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Nov 2012 by Karsten Gerloff Feed
open parliament
France is the latest government to move from open source-friendly to open source-active, to paraphrase the European Commission's aspirational reference to Cloud Computing. In late September, French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, signed a guideline (in French here and a rough translation here)... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 Nov 2012 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed