Data portability in the eHealth sector – #DFD2013

Keynote delivered at the European Parliament, Brussels, 2013-03-27 Document Freedom Day is an annual campaign to build awareness for Open Standards and interoperability. Over 50 events are taking place today around the world around this date, from Nicaragua to Taiwan to Ghana. Open Standards and interoperability help to put us in control of the technology Read more »

Assessing the new European Interoperability Framework

Yesterday, the European Commission finally published the new version of the European Interoperability Framework [pdf]. We at FSFE have been working on this document for a long time. When it was published yesterday, we gave it a welcome despite some reservations.
Whether to welcome EIFv2 or not is a question of what you take as a baseline for comparison, and if you view the document isolated or in context. A lot will also depend on how the EIF is implemented.

But let’s take the issues in turn.

Open Standards and Interoperability – Two cheers for EU ICT ministers

The EU’s member states have just thrown their weight behind the principles of Open Standards and interoperability. At a meeting of the ministers for telecommunication and information society in Granada, Spain, the ministers of the 27 EU member states yesterday issued the Granada Ministerial Declaration on the European Digital Agenda [pdf]. This is not a Read more »

FSFE to EC: Don’t waste an opportunity with a hasty deal

High Noon in Brussels: At the end of her term, competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is wrapping up two open cases against Microsoft. The company offered to settle in July 2009. FSFE is concerned that a quick settlement could deprive Europeans of competition and innovation in a software market based on open standards, in particular where Free Software is concerned.