The consortium of the study brings together expertise and experience from cross-cutting fields, including economic impact analysis, policy analysis, Open Source Software, Open Source Hardware, community management and open innovation.
Fraunhofer ISI is a leading research institute in Europe, bringing expertise in the area of innovation research based on the synergy of the technical, economic and social science knowledge of its staff members. In its work it applies not only a broad spectrum of advanced scientific theories, models, methods and social-science measurement instruments, but continually develop them further, utilizing the empirical findings from the research projects conducted. Its assessments of the potentials and limitations of technical, organizational or institutional innovations helps decision-makers from industry, academia and politics in making strategic decisions and thus assist them in creating a favorable environment for innovations. In particular, it has deep knowledge on the economic assessment of intellectual property rights including standardisation and Open Source. Within this study, represented by Prof. Dr. Knut Blind who is the research lead on the economic analysis of the impact of Open Source.
Prof. Dr. Knut Blind holds the Chair of Innovation Economics at the TU Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin). He obtained his doctoral degree, Dr. rer. pol. in 1995 and was awarded the F. A. v. Hayek Prize of the Economic Faculty of the University of Freiburg. In 2003 he defended his habilitation thesis in the faculty of economics at Kassel University. Since April 2006 Professor for Innovation Economics at the Technical University Berlin in the Faculty of Economics and Management. Between 1992 and 1995 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Public Finances of the University of Freiburg and lecturer at the Berufsakademie and Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie. Knut Blind was a senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI between 1997 and 2010. In 2010, Prof. Dr. Knut Blind changed to the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems and in 2019 he returned back to Fraunhofer ISI as Coordinator of the Business Unit Regulation and Innovation.
OpenForum Europe is a not-for-profit, Brussels-based independent think-tank which explains merits of openness in ICT 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. The main policy topics that covered include: Open Source, standardisation, e-Government, public procurement, copyright, cloud computing and cybersecurity. OFE also hosts an independent global network of OpenForum Academy (OFA). Fellows, an international network of experts and academics, 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 has been involved in several EC funded projects, providing general market advice and input – based on OFE’s unique position in understanding the impact of specific topics within the wider equation, as well as specialist skills both in developing stakeholder engagement strategies, and in implementing possible face to face activities such as workshops, round tables, community calls and others. The project team representing OFE:
Sachiko Muto is Chief Executive Officer at OFE with the overall responsibility for developing and communicating OFE’s external strategies and policies in partnership with its supporters and partners. She is a regular speaker at international conferences and has published on the topic of ICT standards and the environment. Responsible for the overall shape of the project on OFE’s side and quality assessment.
Sivan Pätsch is Research Director at OFE and has been working on Open Standards, Open Government and privacy. Within the project, he currently focuses on Open Source policies around the world in countries such as the USA, Brazil, China, Japan, India and South Korea.
Paula Grzegorzewska, Policy Analyst at OFE, has been working on topics such as Open Source, ethical and trustworthy AI and most currently, Open Source Hardware. Within the study she is coordinating input from experts and focusing on the impact of Open Source Hardware and policies that might support it in the fields such as Open Source Silicon and 3D printing.
Astor Nummelin Carlberg, Policy Director at OFE, has been leading our monthly Open Source Policy Community calls, the campaign around OS in the scope of Copyright Directive and has represented us at several conferences around Europe. He is coordinating activities around current policy developments and contributes to our strategic thinking in areas such as Cloud computing, interoperability and digital sovereignty.
Mirko Boehm is a part of our consortium as the Expert specialised in both fields of economic analysis and Open Source. He is the CEO of Endocode who also works for the Open Invention Network, is a researcher on Open Source at the Technical University of Berlin and a member of the United Nations’ Technology Innovation Labs’ Open Source and Intellectual Property Advisory Panel.
Andrew Katz is the Expert within the consortium who leads our work on Open Source Hardware. He is a lawyer, and CEO and Head of Technology at the UK law firm Moorcrofts LLP. He has been advising projects, businesses and foundations on open source software, hardware and data for over 20 years, drafted the Solderpad Open Hardware Licence, and is on the core drafting team of the CERN Open Hardware Licence. He is a visiting researcher at the University of Skövde, Sweden, where he researches open source and open standards, and is a member of United Nations’ Technology Innovation Labs’ Open Source and Intellectual property Advisory Panel.