UK national open source centre opens


UK national open source centre opens

Antony Savvas

A national centre to promote the development of open source software has launched this week. The National Open Centre (NOC) held its launch at the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

The NOC said the centre will help the UK to benefit from open source and open standards by developing strategic analysis and policy, clarifying opportunities and fostering innovation.

An advisory group of 25 members, including IBM and the BBC, has been created for the NOC, representing small business, multinational firms, the public sector and open source communities.

"The work of the NOC will contribute to coordinate and further the use of open source and open standards at the European level. We need such national focal points that push for openness and interoperability to create pan-European synergies," said Barbara Held, who is responsible open source and open document standards matters at the European Commission.

More information on the NOC can be viewed at:

UK to get national open source policy institute

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