I attended the Open Nordic Conference in Norway in June, a conference that brought together people from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Attending the conference allowed me to find out what's going on with FOSS in Northern Europe. What I found interesting is that there was a lot of talk about using FOSS in the public sector. A number of countries are working on repositories to exchange software, in particular for public administration.
One example is the Software Exchange (softwareborsen.dk), a project by the Danish National Software Knowledge Centre to promote the use of FOSS in Danish public administration. The Norwegian software exchange (delingsbazaren.no) plays a similar role in Norway.
It seems as if every country is working on their own software repository to share FOSS. As such, it's great to see that the European Commission is taking a step towards bringing everyone together by introducing the Open Source Observatory and Repository (OSOR) for European public administrations. The goal of OSOR is to provide a platform for the exchange of information, experiences and FOSS code for the use in public administrations.
OSOR will officially launch at the Open Source World Conference in Malaga in October. I've always thought that there is not enough cooperation and communication between European countries, so I have high hopes for OSOR.
(Originally published on FOSSBazaar)