OpenForum Europe (OFE) is a not-for-profit, Brussels-based independent think tank which explains the merits of openness in computing to policy makers and communities across Europe.
The openness principles which guide all our activities are: user centricity, competition, flexibility, sustainability, and the importance of relying on the support of a transparent and open community. Our Vision Paper “Towards an Open Digital Single Market” further explains how these principles apply to the DSM.
Originally launched in 2002 to accelerate and broaden the use of Open Source Software (OSS) among businesses, consumers and governments, OFE’s focus has since evolved. OFE currently maintains a Policy Research and Development team based in Brussels, which is supported both by our network of supporters and by specific specialist advisors. The main policy topics that we cover are: standardisation, e-Government, public procurement, copyright, cloud computing and cybersecurity.
OFE also hosts an independent global network of OpenForum Academy Fellows, each contributing significant innovative thought leadership on core topics, in order to provide new input and insight into the key issues which impact the openness of the ICT market.
OFE works closely with the Commission, the European Parliament, national and local governments, both directly and via its national partners. OFE has a formal UK Chapter called COIS (Community for Open Interoperability Standards), which firmly endorses the UK Cabinet Office’s Open Standards Principles, and seeks to promote wider and easier interchange between community volunteers and supporters and the public sector.