Open Source Software Repository (OSOR)

Updated 12 October at end

I was at a project meeting in Brussels, and there was mention that progress was being made with creating common repository for the results of EU-funded ICT projects. I did a quick internet search, but all that I could find is this IDABC article, dated January 2006, saying that work will start in 2006, to an unspecified timescale.

In 2006 work will start on an Open Source Software Repository (OSOR), which will be a central meeting point and collaborative platform for OSS projects in public administrations across Europe. It is a huge challenge: the OSOR is not only planned as an IT-platform facilitating the exchange of public sector-related software; if the planned feasibility study confirms the need and interest of the Member States, the prototype of the OSOR will be organised as a centre for active promotion of online collaboration on new applications. A future OSOR team will network and initiate communities and connect to other emerging European OSS platforms and repositories, thus generating and benefiting from synergies.

Another feasibility study (what did FLOSSPOLS and GPOSS achieve??), another 5-year project. Ah well…

Maybe I’m missing something? Surely all you have to do is roll out SourceForge on your own searver, much as Berlios has already done? What more research is needed?

In fact, why not just ask for bids for a five-year franchise as host of the EU-software repository?

Update!

Today (12 October), The Register carries an announcement by IDABC that Unisys Belgium will host the OSOR. Consulations will take place this year with the aim for the repository to go live late-2007. Great news! I clearly had just spoken too soon.

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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