Article: Replicable Open-Source Solutions for Public Service Delivery

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Replicable Open-Source Solutions for Public Service Delivery

Our world is changing. Transformations to mobility patterns, pressing air quality issues, and growing flood risks present new challenges for European cities. Now, however, thanks to digitization and data, cities can tackle these challenges together. Rather than reinventing the wheel or going down the traditional software vendor route with all its associated issues, cities can improve local services by co-developing and replicating digital solutions based on open-source software.

When the Covid-19 pandemic ripped through Europe last spring, governments had to act fast. With populations confined to their homes, digital solutions were the obvious way forward. But as hospitals started filling up, there was little time for lengthy procurement processes or expensive software development.

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Article: Open source software

Free, Libre, Open Software

Open source software

WHEN SOMEONE BUYS a new smartphone, often they’re preoccupied with the camera specs or the size of the screen or its storage capabilities. It’s easy to overlook one of the most foundational aspects of these sleek consumer gadgets: their operating systems.

The world’s most popular mobile operating system is Google’s Android. It powers more than 86 percent of smartphones in the world. What’s even more remarkable is that Android is based on the open source Linux operating system.

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