[PublicPolicy] Government Open Source Advocates

JOUBERT Laurent laurent.joubert at modernisation.gouv.fr
Wed May 27 13:08:47 UTC 2020

Dear Patrick,

Thank you very much for creating the list. Shimon, thank you very much for your message.

I work for the French government at the DINUM (direction interministérielle du numérique, https://numerique.gouv.fr  inter-agency digital services).

Regarding open-source specifically, I would like to point out our following initiatives:

-        The open-source contribution policy, developed through the open-government partnership with many other countries :

o   https://www.numerique.gouv.fr/publications/politique-logiciel-libre/ that officially delegates the authority to joint FSF and OSI for open-source licenses in the perimeter.

o   In English: https://disic.github.io/politique-de-contribution-open-source/introduction.en

o   And the link on github if you would like to copy / contribute : https://github.com/disic/politique-de-contribution-open-source

-        The open-source code we develop: https://code.etalab.gouv.fr/

o   With a partnership with the Software Heritage initiative : https://www.softwareheritage.org/?lang=en

-        Open-source software catalog recommended by the French administration: https://sill.etalab.gouv.fr/fr/software

-        Our internal incubator that develops exclusively open-source software : https://beta.gouv.fr/startups/

-        The #BlueHats community where we try to gather civil servants, NGO, IGO and private companies working on public interest open-source software (only in French)

-        There is one project in particular that I would like to share regarding secure instant messaging based on RIOT.im / Matrix for which we believe there could be a strong interest for international cooperation:  https://github.com/dinsic-pim

Lastly we were also in charge of elaborating the digital republic law that encourages open-source software and clearly lists source code as an “administrative document” so that it can be officially released publicly under existing open-date laws.

Please feel free to contact me directly at +33 6 701 701 78 if you have any questions. It would be a pleasure to identify common initiatives we could work on, or work on common difficulties we could face.


De : Publicpolicy [mailto:publicpolicy-bounces at lists.opensource.org] De la part de Patrick Masson
Envoyé : mardi 26 mai 2020 16:18
À : publicpolicy at lists.opensource.org
Objet : Re: [PublicPolicy] Government Open Source Advocates

Hello Shimon,

Thank you for starting off the discussions. In just one day, the list has grown by 90+ members. Looks like there is quite a bit of interest around open source in government, I just hope we here at the OSI can help facilitate the type of dialog we're all looking for. :-)

Maybe we can start by introducing ourselves (if you are comfortable, list-lurkers are of course welcome as well).

I'll start...

I'm currently the General Manager here at the OSI with responsibilities one might expect in such a role. Of more interest to this group is probably my 20 year background in government, specifically public education. Before joining the OSI I worked in the University of Massachusetts' Office of the President as CTO. Prior to that I served as CIO in the State University of New York and Director of the UCLA Media Lab. I am also a former member of my local School Board. So, considering my background, this group is of particular interest to me and I am excited to see it emerge. Thanks to Shimon for the push to help get it going.

I also want to introduce Deb Bryant (https://opensource.org/docs/board-annotated#DebBryant), an OSI Board Director, who actually started the Public Policy working group (and this list) and has tremendous experience and success in open source related work in government. I'm hoping she will also introduce herself here (a little public pressure) to help keep the ball rolling.

The OSi is committed to helping government realize the benefits of open source, and I hope this list can be a useful tool for all of you in gaining adoption and fostering participation.

Thank you for your interest and contributions,

On Tue, 2020-05-26 at 08:40 +0000, Shimon Shore wrote:

Hello to all,

My name is Shimon Shore and I work in the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology.

I am involved in encouraging Open Source use and contributions by the Israeli Government. I help to run a government wide Open Source forum with representatives from most government ministries and authorities.

I am reaching out to you because I thought it would be good for us to learn from other similar governmental communities and to explore possible cooperation.

I think that having a forum where we can communicate. Share knowledge and experience as it relates specifically to Open Source and government would be very useful.

If this interests you please speak up!

Best Regards,

Shimon Shore

Shimon Shore
Chief Architect, Open Source Program
Israel Ministry of Science and Technology<http://www.most.gov.il/>
Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport

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