[Fsfe-ie] Forfas OSS report

Joseph Kiniry kiniry at acm.org
Tue Sep 5 16:56:18 CEST 2006

Hi all,

On 30 Aug, 2006, at 13:35, Malcolm Tyrrell wrote:

> I just encounted this report:
> http://www.forfas.ie/publications/show/pub238.html
> "Forfás is the national policy and advisory board for
> enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation."
> "The report provides guidelines for companies adopting
>  open source models for software development. It provides an
>  overview of the open source commercialisation models most
>  suited to the Irish context and aspects of different licensing
>  models that firms need to be aware of. It summaries the key
>  questions that Irish Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and
>  Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) need to ask, and outlines
>  the considerations and actions that need to be taken in advance
> of making a decision to engage in open source development."
> BTW, I discovered this via Paul O'Malley posted to
> ilug a few weeks ago.
> Good luck,
> Malcolm.

I have read this report several weeks ago.  In general, I found that  
it pretty fairly characterized the FLOSS space and its use and  
applicability, not just in an Irish context, but globally.

It is strange to me though that they do not discuss who wrote the  
report or with whom in the FLOSS community they consulted.

But, as a result of this analysis, I am happy enough that Forfás has  
written this report and, as a result, I have forwarded it on to some  
other interested parties outside of Ireland.

Additionally, this report also gives me/us increased leverage in  
convincing organizations like Enterprise Ireland that they should pay  
closer attention to FLOSS in general, rather than only continually  
pushing old-school IP ideals.

Joseph Kiniry
School of Computer Science and Informatics
UCD Dublin

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