Although we have to face difficult times for the economy, we also have to think about the future growth of Europe. One of the aims of Innovation Union and its financial instrument Horizon 2020 is to boost Europe’s competitiveness via innovation.
As FSFE suggested in its position paper concerning Horizon 2020, education and developing future talent in Europe will be crucial for this.
First of all because technology literacy is essential to better understand and make better use of technology.
Second, while on other parts of the World following the logic of internet, universities are publishing not only lecture notes but also online courses, Europe should also support these activities.
Open Access to publicly founded research results is also essential for up-to-date knowledge and the development of new innovations.
There are several ways of active participation in the EU. In case you’re interested in making your voice heard, the best way is to discover first the Commission’s page.
FS news from Hungary 🙂
The Hungarian government is investing 370 million HUF (about 1,23 million euro) in a three-year project to improve applications which use the open document format (ODF). The funds are shared between the software engineering department at the University of Szeged and Multiracio, an open source IT specialist developing EuroOffice, office applications based on LibreOffice and OpenOffice.
Gijs HILLENIUS on April 25, 2012, European Commission- Joinup
University of Szeged, Institute of Informatics, Department of Software Engineering
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A new EU legislative framework proposal was published some time ago amied at combating (large scale) attacks against info systems. Learning from major past criminal offenses it is obviously in the interest of Europe to be prepared against such attacks and punish those who committed them. The emphasis on the last part of the sentence as one wouldn’t punish the “hammer maker if once another person breaks the window with the hammer.” Clear definitions are crucial for this case and we need a bit more here than correcting grammatical faults in amendments. When voting on the issue in plenary the EP should consider that Europe is and has to remain a place for innovative software development.
28th of March we celebrated the DFD in the EP, where a conference took place on this occasion.
Karsten Gerloff, president of FSFE gave a speech on the subject from a historical perspective, through the evolution of books, printing until the period of eBooks. This explained to the participants how things evolved and how we all became sort of printing press with technical change.
Whatever change the digital age brought, books still matter and the access to knowledge, memories, still remains in the interest of everyone.
Here at this point to give more emphasis on the argument that we, readers need Open Standards to own our books and not to give the control over them to companies he took the DFD handcuffs. (see picture)
It was a successful & surprising wake up moment for the audience…
Conference on the occasion of DFD: Open Standards in the eBook market
Theme: How do Open Standards impact both universal access to the Public Domain and business
Will be a great opportunity to celebrate information accessibility and raise awareness of Open Standards inside the EP
Finally the Hungarian version of the article ‘Democracy requires Free Software‘ is ready! Felt it was something more than a simple translation.