Greece to promote open source and open data
Economy Ministry contracts Greek open source advocacy group
The Greek government wants the country’s public administrations to transition to free and open source software, open standards and open data. The Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Marine and Tourism has asked the Greek free and open source software society (Gfoss) to help organise workshops and conferences, train public administrations and propose research and development projects.
The transition to open technologies is to strengthen Greece’s economy.
On 5 August, minister Giorgos Stathakis signed a four-year cooperation agreement with Gfoss. The agreement seeks to “support the creation, promotion and reuse of open data, content and software in the digital economy”, Gfoss explained in an announcement.
The agreement “defines institutional cooperation to enhance openness in the public and private sector”, Gfoss writes. “Openness fights corruption, increases public access to information and ensures the sustainability of public sector infrastructure.”
Gfoss, representing 29 universities and research centres in Greece, will help the Economy Ministry to design, develop and implement policies on openness. The advocacy group will also be involved in studies, pilots and implementation projects.
In February, Gfoss agreed to help the region of Attica with a similar government modernisation drive.