How open is EU public procurement data ?

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A huge amount of data is generated daily by public procurement authorities throughout the EU. This is of course immensely useful as that data can be mined to identify interesting trends and produce analysis (such as our very own Procurement Monitoring Reports which aim to document the practice and discriminatory impact of referring to specific brand names when procuring for ICT solutions). Most of ... [Continue Reading]

A new chapter in our online communication

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As advocates of openness, we at OFE try to live by our own principles as much as possible. We like to think that openness is not just a vague concept, but a guiding principle that inspires not just the positions we take, but also the way that we work. And this includes the tools we use to communicate online. We have been busy over the past few months brainstorming ideas, testing new concepts and ... [Continue Reading]

Press release – Loud call from the European Parliament to reform EU copyright rules

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The European Parliament adopted today its own initiative report on the evaluation of the Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC), with a substantial majority of 445 MEPs (65 voted against and 32 abstained).OpenForum Europe (OFE) welcomes this report and congratulates MEPs for their work to adopt these non-binding provisions. This report comes after a public consultation on the topic, conducted by the ... [Continue Reading]

A fresh wind in the sails for the Open Document Format ?

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[UPDATE 10/07/2015 : the page for the 2015 edition of the ODF Plugfest is now live]The Open Document Format (often abbreviated to 'ODF') is an XML-based file format for spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents developed as an Open Standard by OASIS. At OFE we have long been strong believers —and loud advocates — of this format (see our ODF toolkit), and we are pleased to ... [Continue Reading]