PROSE will contribute to the adoption of open source software on ICT projects, by increasing the lifetime of the software developed inside European projects and thus maximizing impacts. This will be achieved through the creation of a coordination platform for hosting software projects, as well as promoting dissemination and training events on Open Source topics.
To achieve this vision it is necessary to promote FLOSS for ICT projects, by removing existing obstacles, especially legal and business barriers. This implies creating a feedback loop for FLOSS usage in ICT projects that encompasses the EC and enables them to assess the true benefits of a FLOSS-driven model, enabling a long term exploitation of FLOSS through a sustainable model for ICT contributions.
PROSE defines a threefold approach to FLOSS in European projects, aiming to:
PROSE will provide a platform for hosting and supporting (ICT) FLOSS software that allows creating and managing software repositories. Beyond supporting the development process, the infrastructure defines a common location for ICT software. The platform will also include community and software management tools, as well as access to methodology, business and legal information required for FLOSS adoption.
To support the FLOSS adoption process, PROSE provides training documentation for the software platform, and also for the legal and business aspects that relate to FLOSS use. The Platform information describes FLOSS development methodologies, allowing ICT projects to take advantage of the tools. Also, it is necessary to provide Business and Legal information, enabling a successful FLOSS exploitation models, and taking into account topics such as Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights.
The goals of the PROSE dissemination
strategy aim to make the hosting platform reach a wider ICT audience through platform promotion, as well as conveying the platform, legal and business information, through training and educational events.
These efforts translate into a generalized open source promotion as means towards raising the awareness towards the FLOSS advantages in ICT, achieved through the organization of several events, such as the European FLOSS Workshops, as well as participating in different scientific and ICT events.