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OFA Symposium 2021: The European Commission Open Source Study

16 November 2021


November 16
10:00 - 17:00 CET


The OpenForum Academy (OFA) symposium offers the opportunity for critical and scholarly discourse on the European Commission study on “The impact of Open Source Software and Hardware on technological independence, competitiveness and innovation in the EU economy”. 

The European Commission Open Source Impact study represents a landmark in Open Source research. It provides a comprehensive model of the economic impact of Open Source, analysis of success cases and failures as well as relevant factors, a stakeholder survey, policy analysis in Europe and around the world and finally policy recommendations directed at the European Commission. 

We are delighted by the publication of the final study report and we expect it to shape Open Source policy for years to come.

The symposium will allow researchers in the field to exchange on the latest Open Source research, identify research gaps and contextualise their research with the findings from the European Commission study. A symposium book will be published after the conclusion of the event.

The study was conducted by Fraunhofer ISI, OpenForum Europe, Andrew Katz and Mirko Boehm. The authors of the study will be present to discuss decisions taken, motivations and outcomes beyond the final report.


6 September
Publication of the Study by the European Commission 
6 September
Symposium and CfP announcement
18 October
CfP closes
2 November
Agenda announcement
16 Nov, 10:00 - 17:00 CEST


Hybrid, Brussels and virtual Fully online due to ongoing restrictions (updated on 11 Nov)


  • Researchers, academics and relevant practitioners in Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware
  • Feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues that fit this description


You can register below as a participant and submit a proposal for a contribution. A proposal can be a maximum of 300 words long.

We are happy to take proposals for different kinds of formats, such as presentations, reviews, panels etc., and might group multiple proposals into one session.


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