Open Source Government: Europe buying or watching Open Source?

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| At the 6th NorthEast Asia Open Source SW Promotion Forum held in Seoul on the
| 12 September 2007 Christophe Forax, representing the EU Telecom and Media
| Commissioner Viviane Reding, stated that Europe should better monetize open
| source software.


PloneGov awarded by the European Commission

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| The PloneGov team is proud to announce that their eGovernment open source
| initiative based on Plone has been awarded the “Good Practice label 2007”.
| PloneGov receives this prestigious label based on the recommendation from the *
| 2007 European eGovernment Awards consortium. *


European spend on open source software hits 22bn Euros

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| Rishab Ghosh, a senior researcher at the UN University in Maastricht,
| will tell the Open Ireland conference in Dublin that the spend in the
| US on free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) stands at 36bn
| Euros and accounts for 20pc of software spend in the US.

Source of the revolution

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| According to Ghosh, the notional value of Europe's investment in
| free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) today is e22bn,
| representing 20.5pc of the region's total software investment.
| Spending on OSS stands at e36bn and accounts for 20pc of software
| expenditure in the US.