The European Commission’s Open Source Observatory (OSOR) has organised the EU Public Services Open Source Achievement Awards to honour and showcase the best open source solutions and initiatives created by or for the public administrations in Europe.
The submissions for the Awards are closed as of 21 September 2023. OSOR received 101 entries from 23 countries! They were all tested against the eligibility criteria described in the contest rules. As a result, 92 entries from 20 countries were deemed eligible (66 solutions and 26 initiatives). You can check all the eligible entries HERE.
The Evaluation Team consisting of 2 OSOR Team members and 3 experts from the European Commission evaluated all the entries to shortlist best ones for the next contest phase. As the entries vary enormously when it comes to their character, scale, type, and size of submitting organisations, shortlisting them was a very challenging task. 22 projects progressed to the the Jury evaluation and community vote. 22 projects, including 16 decisions and 6 initiatives, were evaluated by the jury and voted on by the community.
The jury focused on the achievements of open source solutions and initiatives: ambitious goals, determination to overcome challenges, contributions to democracy, transparency and active participation of citizens in the creation of digital infrastructures serving voters, impact on their communities, and efficient use of public resources and exceptional responsiveness to problem solving.
The jury meeting took place on October 6. You can read more about its members and criteria HERE.
The jury nominated 6 best projects:
- Decidim | Spain
- Demarches-simplifiees.fr | France
- Geotrek | France
- gvSIG Suite | Spain
- OS2 – Public Collaboration & Open Source | Denmark
- publiccode.yml Standard | Italy
Winners for Best Initiative and Open Source Solutions in the European Public Sector:
Geotrek was given the best open source initiative award.
“When we started the Geotrek project 10 years ago, the innovative approach of open source was not always well understood. Over the years, it has proven itself and made it possible to build a community of more than 150 public organisations, pooling their resources to build and share a common tool. This award confirms the support of the European Commission for this type of approach, as well as its relevance and consistency with European values and public policies. It encourages us to continue our efforts, to extend it to other European countries, and to share our experience so that it can be useful to other projects and communities.” Camille MONCHICOURT from Ecrins national park.
gvSIG Suite was given the best open source solution award.
“The award represents recognition of the achievements accomplished by the GVSIG Project and serves as a boost to attain new goals, continuing to work towards making Europe a benchmark in geomatics developed with open-source software.” Alvaro Anguix and Francisco José Peñarrubia from gvSIG Suite.
OSOR Community Award winner
Voting for the OSOR Community Award has closed and the winner is BlueHats, a French open source community initiative!
BlueHats presented its project at the “OSOR Turns 15: From Pioneering to Mainstreaming Open Technologies in Public Services” conference in Brussels on November 21.
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