Open Source

Open source is becoming the reference model to develop the software infrastructure for clouds, data storage and networking. It has a strong potential to provide platforms and components on which businesses can develop their products and services. Specific key aspects of open source software include the control of what a piece of software does and to be in control of its evolution.
What is the role of open source in effective technology transfer and innovation? How does the open source model work for an SME? How do open source communities work and what is the growing role played by open source foundations?

Detailed Workshop Outline

15:00  How Openness Impacts Scientific Collaboration and Innovation

Nicolas Devos (presentation)
Open data is currently a hot topic. For instance, we can mention the growing number of open datasets in the public sector and the emergence of online communities (e.g. OpenStreetMap). Regarding the Scientific Practice, open access to scientific publications and related data is of great interest both for the validation of the research and the reuse of the data in other studies. Although several initiatives exist, several issues still have to be addressed to facilitate the spread of open access to scientific data. In this talk, Nicolas Devos will present the advantages and challenges of open access in the Scientific Practice.

15:30  Achieving impact with Open Source Software: from theory to practice

Roberto Di Cosmo (presentation)
A large number of research projects use and produce Open Source Software, to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge, ease the reproducibility of academic experiments, and attract interest from fellow researchers. To achieve a larger impact on society, though, it is necessary to understand some basic principles. We will review these principles, and show them at work through a series of concrete examples.

16:00  Open Source Software: the Governance Makes the Difference

Cédric Thomas (presentation)
Many research and innovation projects adopt an open source approach from the implicit understanding that making the code of unfinished components freely available keeps open the opportunity for third-party stakeholders and contributors will finally complete the software. This is a possibility on the paper. But is not how open source actually works. This is not how open source communities grow nor how open source software becomes successful. In this presentation we hold that one of the key differences between a success open source project and a failed one is that the successful project implement flawless open source project governance.

16:30  Driving economic prosperity through innovation and sovereignty

Georg Greve (presentation)
The data- and software-driven economy has fundamentally affected the distribution of economic power, and Information Technology (IT) is one of the most rapidly growing economic sectors. IT has become the life blood of the economy with an importance approaching that of currency itself. Control of this new currency is essential to sovereignty.
In his talk Mr. Greve will show how Open Source provides the most sustainable and achievable path towards achieving that control through its enormous potential for innovation and facilitation of local economic growth. Sharing some of his expertise in the field, Mr. Greve will also provide concrete ways forward for possible EU and member state activities.

Session Speakers

Nicolas Devos
Nicolas Devos CETIC
Nicolas Devos is the deputy manager of the department « Software and Services Technologies » at CETIC, the Belgian applied R&D center in ICT that provides expertise and supports companies (mainly SMEs).
The department focuses on the following topics:
• Cloud computing: CETIC experiments with Cloud computing technologies for exploiting distributed resources.
• Big Data: CETIC experiments with different Big Data installations and distributions from data extraction, storage, enrichment, analysis and exploitation.
• Open Source: CETIC maintains expertise in Open Source technologies, in particular in free and open software’s, open hardware and open data.
• Innovation Management: CETIC is coordinator of the Living Lab pilot projects developed under the Creative Wallonia initiative.
Roberto Di Cosmo
Roberto Di CosmoProfessor at University Paris Diderot
Roberto Di Cosmo holds a PhD in Computer Science and is currently Computer Science professor at University Paris Diderot, after teaching for almost a decade at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and spending a few years at INRIA.

He has been actively involved in research in theoretical computing, specifically in functional programming, parallel and distributed programming, the semantics of programming languages, type systems, rewriting and linear logic. He focus now on new scientific problems posed by the general adoption of Free Software, with a particular focus on static analysis of large software collections, that were at the core of the european reseach project Mancoosi.

Following the evolution of our society under the impact of IT with great interest, he is a long term Free Software advocate, contributing to its adoption since 1998 with the best-seller Hijacking the world, seminars, articles and software. He has created the Free Software thematic group of Systematic in October 2007, and is the director of IRILL, a research structure dedicated to Free and Open Source Software quality.

Georg Greve
Georg GreveCEO & President of the Board at Kolab Systems AG
Cedric Thomas
Cedric ThomasCEO OW2 Consortium
Cedric Thomas, is OW2 CEO. An IT industry veteran with twenty-five years of experience in strategic and marketing consulting for IT vendors and systems integrators, Cedric has masterminded the launch of the OW2 Consortium. Previously, as both an investor and a consultant with FronTier Associates, the consulting company he founded in 1997, he actively took part in three IPOs, contributed to the launch of several technology start-ups, helped establish a start-up incubator in Paris and set up technology firms in Boston and San Francisco. Before that, he was VP and Research Director at PAC, an independent provider of consultancy and marketing studies for the IT industry where he established successful research programs in Open Systems, IT spending and Outsourcing. Cédric studied for his PhD in Economics at the Sorbonne and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris. He teaches business strategy in several master programs.