September 19-21, 2023
Bilbao, Spain
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Thursday, September 21 • 11:00 - 11:40
Behind the Scenes of Open Source Program Offices in the Public Sector: Insights and Guidelines - Johan Linåker, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden & Ciarán O’Riordan, OpenForum Europe

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The public sector is embracing Open Source Software to foster innovation, sovereignty, and economic growth. To achieve these goals, public sector organizations are establishing support functions for OSS adoption, development, and collaboration. Although these functions may not always use the Open Source Program Office (OSPO) label, they aim to align OSS operations with organizational objectives as with their industry counterparts. However, little is known about public sector OSPO's organization and structure, and the challenges they face. 

Join us for an insightful talk where we bring clarity to these questions through cases of OSPOs across the European public sector, varying in sizes, geographies, and levels of government. The talk  will provide practical guidelines and recommendations for public sector organizations looking to establish their own OSPOs, so you can learn from the experiences of others and set your organization up for success in the world of Open Source.

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Johan Linåker

Senior Researcher, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Senior Researcher RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden. Focus & passion for open {source software, data, gov and innovation}.
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Ciarán O’Riordan

Senior Policy Advisor, OpenForum Europe
Ciarán is a Senior Policy Advisor at OFE. Ciarán has been working in Brussels since 2004 with a focus on EU policy and open source but he also brings experience from automotive policy, GDPR, and corporate finance. His open source work has included EU policy on copyright and patents... Read More →

Thursday September 21, 2023 11:00 - 11:40 CEST
Room 3H (3JAUREGIA - Floor 3)