Abstract of the workshop
Public Administrations have different problems than private entities in managing the legal compliance of free software / open source: they have different rules to comply with (e.g. on the selection of service providers, spending rules, etc.).
But Public Administrations also have a different position (and culture) with respect to the generation of common goods and specific rules that favour collaboration and sharing.
Nevertheless, Public Administrations lag behind in organising and coordinating themselves and have much to learn in the legal management of free software / open source, although the need for improvement is increasingly felt, especially by the most innovative Public Administrations.
The seminar will explore how Public Administrations can work together, linking Open Source Public Offices (OSPOs), to foster open management of free software legal compliance (verifying licence compatibility, etc.) and community generation to foster the development, distribution and use of free software.