A call on public administrations to practice what they preach and support open document formats
OFE Press Release - 15th September 2014 - Today marks the start of the Global Legislative Openness Week, an annual celebration of open, participatory legislative processes. For the occasion, we join a number of organisations in signing an open letter addressed to all national legislatures around the world to make parliamentary information open by default. Opening up legislative, and more generally governmental information is not only crucial to improve transparency and accountability, but also enables third parties to leverage the potential of that information through the development of applications and services that address public and private demands.
OFE statement calling on STM Publishers to withdraw their model licenses
OFE Statement August 8th 2014 - OFE joined 57 other organisations in calling for the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical (STM) Publishers to withdraw their model licenses and work with the community within the Creative Commons (CC) framework to build a scholarly literature that is compatible with wider human knowledge on the web.
UK Government announcement - Open document formats selected to meet user needs
OFE Press Release July 23rd 2014 - OFE's
UK Chapter welcomes this key policy announcement. It is a fundamental
step in implementing the Government's Open Standards Principles.
For the first time ever there is a default open format for Government documents.
The implications of a successful implementation will be widespread. The potential is there to catalyse change well beyond central government. The Cabinet Office deserves every credit for a thorough and informed approach to being an intelligent adopter of standards. This policy can deliver simpler user centric ICT decisions, more cost effective archiving, easier e-inclusion programmes and improved collaboration between government departments and between departments and the outside world. If ever there was an organisation that runs on documents, it is the machinery of government. An open foundation to the digital workings of government should be applauded.
The OFE UK Chapter volunteers look forward to supporting this policy through our activities and celebrating its success.
OFE Press Release 15th July 2014 - For the sixth consecutive year, OpenForum Europe examined the EU Member States' practice of referring to specific trademarks when procuring for ICT products. In our latest report released in July 2014, we found that 22% of all tender notices issued contained an explicit references to specific brands – an increase of 5% since our previous report published in October 2013. This figure indicates a trend of continued discriminationLink to OFE Procurement Monitoring Report 2013 – 2nd Snapshot
Society is ready for a data-driven economy. Is European legislation keeping the pace?
OFE Brussels - 4th July 2014 - In a statement released today, OpenForum Europe (OFE) comments on the recently published Commission Communication on Big Data (“Towards a thriving data-driven economy”). We welcome the Commission's actions regarding key developments which will enable a better harnessing of the benefits of a digital society. However, we express some concerns on specific areas.
We believe that the legislative framework should aim at providing a safe, flexible environment enabling open innovation. Open standards are a key component of this environment, and we applaud the Commission for pointing out their important role here. We hope to see the Commission working hand in hand with the industry to clarify the standards landscape on a number of big data areas.
A step forward for Net Neutrality in Europe
OFE Statement - Brussels - 4th April 2014 - OpenForum Europe
welcomes the historic vote on the new telecom package that took place
in the European Parliament on April 3rd and congratulates MEPs
and the Commission for their efforts to safeguard the Open Internet
in Europe. In an unusually short period of 6 months, this initial
phase of the legislative process managed to deliver a solid
basis for the Council of the EU to work on.
We have explained before why
we believe that iron-clad guarantees for net
neutrality are needed to
ensure continued innovation and fair,
open competition in the online ecosystem. The Internet is an
enormous engine for growth and access to knowledge, and key to its
success has always been the possibility for anyone, anywhere
to freely create and share content with every other user on the
Full Text of the Release
- EC Commissioner Kroes supports ODF campaign
- FixMyDocument and Global Legislative Openness
- Net Neutrality Advocates Make Last FCC Push as Comment Window Closes
- OpenForum Europe Challenges Governments to Walk the Open Format Walk
- A call on public administrations to practice what they preach and support open document formats
- Some outlook on European standardisation in 2013
- Enquete-Kommission Internet und Digitale Gesellschaft verffentlicht Zwischenbericht
- EuroCloud Germany Conference 2013
OpenForum Europe Challenges Governments to Walk the Open Format Walk
Andy Updegrove — Sep 16, 2014 06:54 AM
Cofirmation from Commissioner efovi: EU Commission is set up for using ODF
Jochen Friedrich — Sep 15, 2014 06:34 AM
Open Forum Europe UK Chapter
OFE (Openforum Europe) launches a formal UK Chapter, firmly endorsing the UK Cabinet Office's Open Standards Principles. The new Chapter is looking to support the Principles within central government and the diffusion of the ideas and benefits to the entire public sector and those engaged with it. In order to facilitate this, the UK Chapter has been set up to allow wider and easier interchange between community volunteers and supporters and the public sector.
OpenForum Academy is an independent programme established by OpenForum Europe. It has created a link with academia in order to provide new input and insight into the key issues which impact the openness of the IT market.
OFE Round Table - Ensuring the security of critical ICT Infrastructure after Heartbleed: Should we leave it to the Community or does Government have a role?
OpenForum Academy (OFA) Round Table discussion on the security of critical ICT Infrastrucutre was held on 26 June 2014, at Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels. Report is now available.Round Table Report
OpenForum Academy (OFA) Round Table discussion on patent non-aggression pacts on19 February 2014, Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels the Round Table The report is now available.Round Table Report
Discriminatory practices continue to plague IT public procurement across Europe
For the fifth consecutive year, OpenForum Europe publishes a report on the EU Member States' practice of referring to specific trademarks when procuring computer software packages and information systems.
We found that almost 1 in 5 notices included technical specifications containg explicit references to trademarks.
These results clearly show that there is an entrenched and continuing EU-wide level of discrimination in the purchase of IT supplies. More than ever, there is urgent need for more transparent, open and fair EU and national procurement practices.
In the UK OFE submits written evidence to Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) inquiry on Public Procurement.