European Union Public Licence (EUPL)

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_Public_Licence

The European Union Public Licence (EUPL) is a software licence that has been created and approved by the European Commission. It is a free software licence.

Its first version 1.0 was approved on 9 January 2007. Its latest version is version 1.1, which was approved by the European Commission on 9 January 2009. The licence is available in 22 official languages of the European Union. All linguistic versions have the same validity. The EUPL v 1.1 is OSI certified as from March 2009.

This licence was originally intended to be used for the distribution of software developed in the framework of the IDABC programme, although (given its generic scope) it is also suitable for use by any software developer. Its main goal is its focusing on being consistent with the copyright law in the 27 Member States of the European Union, while retaining compatibility with popular open-source software licences such as the GNU General Public License.

NHS rolls out open-source test results service for renal patients

(Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/09/open_source_test_results_for_renal_patients_nhs/)

“UK-wide system lets kidney patients see results before doctors do

By Guardian Government Computing

Posted in Government, 9th May 2012 07:02 GMT

Patients of 53 renal units across the UK are accessing results and clinical letters through a secure online system, often meaning they get the information faster than their GPs.

Renal PatientView is used by 19,000 patients who have opted in to accessing their results online. The system also lets patients add their own data – such blood pressure – access online information about their condition and is being adapted to allow them to pass comments on their care back to hospital units.

Dr Keith Simpson, consultant nephrologist at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, told the HC2012 conference in London that data is extracted from renal units’ systems every six to 24 hours, depending on its importance. It is sent in encrypted form across NHS networks to a secure online server for patients to access. “The patient will normally see this before their GP,” he said, as renal units do not generally send results and letters to GPs electronically.

The system, which was launched in 2005 and developed by staff from Glasgow’s Western Infirmary and Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary, runs on open source software available for others to use. Units pay a fee to join, while it is free for patients. A similar system for bowel disease patients, using the software, will start this year.

Simpson said that many users log on to the system on the first day following a test, and a substantial number do likewise, just before an appointment. “Doctor may want to take note of this,” he said. “Patients are very well-informed, and want to take part.” Users tend to log on during work days, rather than weekends and bank holidays.

The system requires just a username and password for access, but Simpson said that research with users found that very few were concerned about security, that 40% shared their passwords with other people and that many thought the data should also be used for research.

He said that future plans for the system include allowing records to be transferred between different participating renal units, linking to primary care systems such as Scotland’s emergency care summary and England’s summary care record, and functionality for rare diseases. So far, no work has been done on whether it improves clinical outcomes for patients.

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.”

(link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-computing-network/2012/may/04/open-source-software-renal-test-results)

(Source: http://www.openeyes.org.uk/)

“OpenEyes is an open source project with the aim of producing a world class ophthalmology electronic patient record system.

OpenEyes is a collaborative, open source, project led by Moorfields Eye Hospital [in the UK]. The goal is to produce a framework which will allow the rapid, and continuous development of electronic patient records (EPR) with contributions from Hospitals, Institutions, Academic departments, Companies, and Individuals.

The initial focus is on Ophthalmology, but the design is sufficiently flexible to be used for any clinical specialty.

Ophthalmic units of any size, from a single practitioner to a large eye hospital, should be able to make use of the structure, design, and code to produce a functional, easy to use EPR at minimal cost. By sharing experience, pooling ideas, and distributing development effort, it is expected that the range and capability of OpenEyes will evolve rapidly.

OpenEyes is supported by a rapidly increasing number of Ophthalmic Units including Moorfields Eye Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Maidstone, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital.

Developers: You can find further information and the OpenEyes code on github at: http://github.com/openeyes/OpenEyes

Iceland To Use Open Source Software For All Public Sector IT

This year, Iceland’s public institutions start to shift to open source

(source: http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/iceland-open-source-public-secto-68719)

On March 22, 2012 by Jiten Karia

The Icelandic government has begun a one year migration program to use open source software for all public administration departments.

The city of Reykjavik, the country’s ministries and the National Hospital are three named public institutions that will be moving away from proprietary software this year, the EC’s Joinup reports.
Public sector migration

The plans are a marked acceleration to the the Icelandic government’s policy on free and open source software, originally published in December 2007. The Prime Minister’s Office recommended that any new software purchases for the public sector should be considered with free and open source options on equal footing.

“Free and open-source software is expanding rapidly all over the world, having already earned recognition as a realistic option when selecting information technology solutions,” the Prime Minister’s Office said. “It is important for governmental authorities to support it and allow for its continued development, since the use of free and open-source software can reduce the ties of businesses, the authorities and the public to individual suppliers or service providers, thereby cultivating greater choice.”

Noting that many neighbouring countries had already formed open source policies, the PM’s Office at that time made suggestions as to how administrations could best implement an open source strategy. The recently announced one year project will take the government’s recommendations a step further by preparing a complete transition.

“The goal of the project is not to migrate public institutions to free and open source software in one single year but to lay a solid foundation for such a migration which institutions can base their migration plans on”, said the project’s leader Tryggvi Björgvinsson.

The plan for the year ahead will involve contacting heads of public administrations to promote free and open source software using examples of successful transitions, including those of the education system and the newly founded Media commission.

“Public institutions have slowly been migrating to free software over the last four years,” said Björgvinsson. “This school year, 2011-2012, two new secondary schools moved their systems entirely to free and open source software, bringing the count to five out of 32 schools.”

“The country-wide migration project will build upon their experience and hopefully pave the way for other institutions to follow.”

SMEs benefit from open source with support from local IT companies

Companies implementing and supporting open source software for Small and Medium Enterprised (SMEs).

Scotland:

Flonix IT Solutions is a Perth based computer servicing company focused specifically on the home computer and business user and implementing opensource software in both circumstances.

Based in Aberdeen, Suretec Systems Limited was conceived in 2003 as an Open Source Linux Company to supply consultancy and support services to meet the needs of businesses in obtaining the best possible IT solution.

Penguin Factory Limited is a Glasgow based IT consultancy company specialising in the support of Open Source and Linux® based systems.

For a list of companies UK wide see: The Open Source Consortium (OSC) is the trade body representing the Open Source business community in the UK. Their aim is to help our members win more business and promote Free and Open Source Software in the UK. Their website has a directory of members.

UK councils dump Windows for Linux

“Open source software is set to dramatically increase its foothold in the public sector. Two councils, Newham in London and Nottingham City Council, are examining the feasibility of shifting all their 11,500 staff desktop computers from Windows to Linux with open source desktop applications by the end of the year, according to E-Government Bulletin.”
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/itmanagement/0,1000000308,2135726,00.htm (06 Jun 2003)

Brazil’s government show that they support open source

“Increasingly, Brazil’s government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of ‘open-source’ or ‘free’ software, like Linux”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4602325.stm (2 June, 2005)

I support this. PC retailers are increasingly offering PCs with a choice of operating system. And for example, OpenOffice is a real alternative to the proprietary MS Office. Public sector organsations should be finding it increasingly difficult to justify spending tax dollars on software license fees where credible freely available alternatives are available.

This growing trend should continue as organisations software systems are increasingly deployed as web based applications which if implemented appropriately, are not dependent on a proprietary host operating system.

There are so many public sector organisations across the world. So many semi-autonomous regions in each nation. While they each continue to buy Microsoft products, they are open to criticism.



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