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Cooperation Agreement for the promotion of Free/Open Source Software

free logisticsA Cooperation Agreement was signed today between the Region of Attica and a non-profit organization, the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS) on ‘designing, developing and supporting Openness’. In particular, the Governor of the Region of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the GFOSS, Mr Diomidis Spinellis, signed an Agreement regarding the creation of a framework of cooperation between the two Parties, in order to:
• enhance dissemination, diffusion, research and application of Open Digital Technologies that can support the creation, promotion and reuse of Open Data, Open Content and Open Source Software for the digital economy,
• increase the Parties’ knowledge in relation to these matters, thereby playing a key role in the development and the sustainability of services provided by the Public Administration as well as the sustainability of the related infrastructure,
• support the planning, design, implementation, and provision of studies and pilot schemes on Open Technologies that strengthen the economy within the areas of competence of the Region of Attica. This is to be achieved through a network of eminent academics, university teaching staff and researchers, in Greece and abroad, who are members of the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS), as well as in cooperation with international organisations.
The aim of the Region of Attica’s interventions in the field of digital policy is to improve public services provided to citizens, through increasing transparency, cutting red tape and reducing the costs of the administrative proceedings.
The main goal of the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS), actually comprising 29 universities, research centres and public bodies, is to promote ‘Openness’ in particular through the use and development of Open Standards, Free Software, Open Content, Open Data, Open Technologies and Open Hardware in Education, Public Administration and Business in Greece.
Furthermore, this cooperation between the Region of Attica and the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS), focuses on and may include, inter alia, the following key features of ‘Openness’:
• organization of workshops, conferences and seminars on Open Content, Open Data or Open Source Software for the digital economy,
• cooperation for submission of proposals regarding research programmes and Open Content, Open Data or Open Source Software applications for the digital economy and their implementation thereof,
• partnership towards the creation of specialised applications by the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS) within the areas of competence of the Region of Attica,
• provision of expertise to design, develop and implement Openness policies and actions,
• cooperation between the two contracting parties for the purposes of staff training on Open Data, Free/Open Source Software, Open Content and Open Technologies. Training is to be provided throughout bodies and agencies falling within the competence of the Region of Attica,
• cooperation between the two contracting parties for the purposes of staff training on the use of Open Technologies licenses as well as the creation of legal texts in relation to Open Content, Open Data, Open Hardware, Free/Open Source Software, Open Standards and Open Technologies.

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