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EEA Vision of Open Source in Public Administration

In 2004 the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic commissioned the EEA to explore possibilities of open source (OS) software usage in informatization in the Slovak Republic.Based on the information collected from 2.000 companies and institutions we identified basic types of information system (IS) architecture in public administration, education and in small and medium enterprises (SME). Within individual applications the features of commonly bought software (proprietary) and available OS solutions were compared. The solution makers subsequently designed conversion process for each application (migration plan) for suitable OS alternative.

Survey conclusion:

  1. Open Source software can be successfully used in the IS of public administration, education and SME – and not only as full-value alternative to proprietary products, but also as elementary base of the whole system.
  2. Vaster usage of the OS would bring such remarkable savings and furthermore such important positive secondary consequences for whole society, that its usage in this scale would remarkably accelerate the whole informatisation process of the society. According to estimation in then effective prices the savings on 50 % migration during 8 years would reach up to € 600 million (SKK 18 billion). This amount does not reflect savings earned through creation of healthy competitive environment on the market.

Complete materials from the OSIN project (OS infrastructure) are available at www.eea.sk

If one of the goals of contemporary society is effective work of public administration, and superior, fast and accessible services for all citizens, then the results of above mentioned survey as well as experience from abroad prove the OS platforms usage is real solution.

The materialization of our vision of OS usage is the amount of supplied solutions. Our experience proves that by its implementation it is possible to successfully implement huge, stable, efficient and secure information systems in public administration and local government, education and the SME.

Advantages of open-source solutions are:

  • free or cheap licenses,
  • long-time, continuous development guided by clients needs, resp. by community, not by business strategy,
  • possibility to influence further development of a system in use or an application,
  • client’s independence from their supplier,
  • money invested into the solution remain in the country,
  • local suppliers support.

We form a part of open-source community because we trust these platforms and have crosschecked their usage in real life.

CEDVU – Centrálna evidencia diel výtvarného umenia (Central Evidence of Visual Art Works)

Slovak National Gallery

Design and implementation of solution support & maintenance, hosting

  • Cataloging and acquisition modules for works of art from Slovak National Gallery collections based on CCO principles, semantic web technology and expressive inter-object relationships,
  • powerful digital model with extensible metadata management created on rich content management system,
  • data accessible for central archive via OAI-PMH,
  • relations to centralized thesaurus and controlled dictionaries,
  • web portal,
  • work-Flows,
  • application support, operating support, hosting.

Prolix

http://www.prolixproject.org

Prolix – Process oriented learning and information exchange system – is a 48-months research and development project co-funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme, priority 2, “Information Society Technologies”, which started on 1st December 2005. The objective of Prolix is to align learning with business processes in order to enable organizations to improve faster the competencies of their employees according to continuous changes of business requirements.
To reach this goal, Prolix develops open, integrated reference architecture for process-oriented learning and information exchange.

EEA participated as a technological and integration partner. Our task is to create integration platform for all procedural monitoring and education components of resolution. Integration platform is built on a base of open-source components.
Processes are run on JBoss JBPM and user interface is integrated on Liferay portal. One of the most interesting outputs of this project – from the point of view of our company – is the generic portlet to access JBPM processes. We plan to release this portlet into open-source mode in the future.

Technologies used – Liferay, JBPM, Apache-Service mix, Java, XML, XSD, XSLT, LDAP, SOA

Araver IMEO CRM

System contains a customer database migrated from sale support system.

Each customer have their supplied cars registered as well as business cases in different level of progress (offer, order, stored car, sale).

Each customer have all their realized interaction registered (addressed by a campaign, satisfaction with sale, service, etc.).

The system has implemented processes (jBPM) which are activated automatically for particular customer, and are related to system actions aimed to sale support and servis systems. System distributes tasks to sellers responsible for given customers.

Technologies used – Liferay, jBPM, Pentaho, Hibernate, PostgreSQL

Kommarket

Kompass RFQ is an international B2B online marketplace. In some countries it is marketed used also under the name Kommarket. The Kompass RFQ is a dedicated service developed specifically for procurement departments. Via the 54,000 product and service keywords available to search by, buyers can within seconds pinpoint potential suppliers worldwide and send them requests to quote. The system is powered by the global Kompass database of over 1.9 million companies in over 70 countries. System works in 15 languges and is available in 40 countries.

Technologies used – JSP / Servlets, Hibernate, JBoss AS, Linux – Gentoo distribution, PostgreSQL, Postfix

Open source in public administration around the world

European Union

Open source observatory and repository – for European public administration (OSOR) – is a programme dealing with exchange of information, experience and open source code to be used in public administration. Its remarkable contribution is the elaboration of first European free and open source software license – The European Union Public Licence (EUPL). This has been elaborated upon an impulse from European Commission and approved by the same authority on January 9, 2007.

USA

Open source software institute is a nonprofit organization consisting of company, government and academic open-source representatives. Their mission is to promote development and implementation of open-source software solutions in federal, national and local agencies and academic bodies.

Domain Open-source solutions for Public Administration

Portal and community

Liferay portal (www.liferay.com)
Apache Pluto and JetSpeed (portals.apache.org)
Atlassian Confluence (www.atlassian.com)

Document editing and management

OpenOffice,org (www.openoffice.org)
Apache Jackrabbit (jackrabbit.apache.org)
Fedora Commons Repository (fedora-commons.org)
Alfresco DMS (www.alfresco.com)

Data management

PostgreSQL (www.postgresql.org)
MySQL (www.mysql.org)
Firebird (www.firebirdsql.org)

System integration

OpenESB (open-esb.dev.java.net)
Apache ServiceMix (servicemix.apache.org)
Mule ESB (www.mulesoft.org)

Process management

JBoss jBPM (www.jboss.org/jbpm)
Apache ODE (ode.apache.org)

Middleware

JBoss AS (www.jboss.org)
Apache Geronimo (geronimo.apache.org)
Apache Tomcat (tomcat.apache.org)

Communication

Zimbra Communication Suite (www.zimbra.com)

Data indexing and searching

Apache Lucene and SOLR (lucene.apache.org)

Business intelligence and reporting

Pentaho (www.pentaho.com)
Jasper Reports (jasperforge.org)

Application and infrastructure monitoring

Nagios (www.nagios.org)
Zabbix (www.zabbix.com)

Operation systems

Linux
OpenBSD

Aktuality

Open Data Node (or ODN in short) is an Open Source software platform that provides user with tools and functions for effective long-term publishing of (Linked) Open Data in automated, repeatable and easy to use fashion. It supports the whole life cycle of data publication, management and exchange. ODN is equipped with a set of …

Open Data Node (or ODN in short) is an Open Source software platform that provides user with tools and functions for effective long-term publishing of (linked) Open Data in automated, repeatable and easy to use fashion. It supports the whole life cycle of data publication, management and exchange. ODN is accompanied with generic Methodology for …

Open Data Node (or ODN in short) is an Open Source software platform that provides user with tools and functions for effective long-term publishing of (linked) Open Data in automated, repeatable and easy to use fashion. It supports the whole life cycle of data publication, management and exchange. ODN is accompanied with generic Methodology for …



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