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  4. <title>FSFE - 6th EC Framework Programme</title>
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  7. <p class="postit">
  8. FSFE's activities in the 6th EC Framework Programme led to the
  9. <a href="/campaigns/self/self.html">SELF</a> project. These pages here are
  10. kept for archiving purposes.
  11. </p>
  12. <h1>6th EC Framework Programme</h1>
  13. <p>Involvement of the FSF Europe in FP6 began in March 2002, when Free
  14. Software was not on the proposed agenda for activities within the
  15. programme.</p>
  16. <p>As a <em>first step</em>, a recommendation was written and (with
  17. the support of over 50 parties throughout Europe) filed in April
  18. 2002. Within that recommendation the advantages of Free Software for
  19. Europe were explained and recommendations on how to make them come
  20. true were given.</p>
  21. <p>The <em>second step</em> was filing two <b>Expressions of
  22. Interest</b>, in which the FSF Europe together with some of the
  23. signatories of the recommendation announced their interest in
  24. undertaking Free Software activities in FP6.</p>
  25. <p>The <em>third step</em> was exhibiting at the IST Conference &amp;
  26. Expo, November 5th 2002 in Copenhagen and hosting a "Free Software
  27. Networking Session."</p>
  28. <p>As of December 17th, 2002, Free Software has found its way into the
  29. Information Society Technologies (IST) Work Programme (see <a
  30. href="http://mail.fsfeurope.org/pipermail/press-release/2002q4/000047.html">press
  31. release</a>). Although using the misnomer "Open Source," which we
  32. avoid for multiple <a href="/documents/whyfs.html">reasons</a>, page 7
  33. of the work programme says that Free Software should be
  34. encouraged. <em>This translates into an evaluation bonus for Free
  35. Software within FP6.</em> Consortia with Free Software have higher
  36. chances of getting funds than those with proprietary software.</p>
  37. <h3>Step 4</h3>
  38. <p>As the next step, we seek to gather people, companies and
  39. institutes interested in Free Software related activities around FP6
  40. on a <a href="http://mail.fsfeurope.org/mailman/listinfo/fp6">mailing
  41. list</a> created for this purpose.</p>
  42. <p>With the "hard core" of these people we will most likely seek to
  43. start a "Co-ordinating Action" for Free Software that can help
  44. Free Software consortia get off the ground.</p>
  45. <h3>Step 5</h3>
  46. <p>The FSF Europe will offer to help Free Software consortia the way
  47. it is doing for <a href="/campaigns/agnula/">AGNULA</a>, a FP5 IST
  48. Accompanying Measure. Also we will offer advice for those who
  49. encounter problems along the way.</p>
  50. <p>You may find more details on these projects in a presentation Georg
  51. Greve (president of the FSF Europe) gave at <a
  52. href="http://www.cordis.lu/ist/directorate_d/st-ds/pres-infoday-040603.htm">a
  53. European Commission FP6 workshop in Brussels on June 5 2003</a> : <a
  54. href="http://gnuhh.org/work/presentations/Brussels-IST-OP-Infoday-2003/">http://gnuhh.org/work/presentations/Brussels-IST-OP-Infoday-2003/</a>.</p>
  55. <p>For those consortia who encounter internal problems or conflicts, the FSFE
  56. will offer a neutral third party. As a non-profit NGO, we are free of immediate
  57. commercial exploitation interests; our sole interest is the promotion and
  58. success of Free Software. One of our projects that might help with this is the
  59. <a href="/activities/ftf/fla/fla.html">Fiduciary Licence Agreement</a>.</p>
  60. <h3>Remark</h3>
  61. <p>As many will know, activities on this level are often painstakingly
  62. slow and take a lot of work. Althuogh the FSF Europe will try to do as
  63. much as it can, its resources are limited by the amount of support
  64. that it gets. So one way of speeding the process up <a
  65. href="/donate/donate.html">supporting our work</a>.</p>
  66. <h2>Documents</h2>
  67. <p>Documents by the FSF Europe for the <a
  68. href="http://www.cordis.lu/rtd2002/fp-debate/fp.htm">6th European
  69. Community framework programme 2002--2006</a> (FP6), which will cover
  70. funding by the European Commission for research and development during
  71. the period 2002-2006.</p>
  72. <h3>April 30th, 2002</h3>
  73. <p><b><a href="recommendation.html">Recommendation by
  74. the FSFE and supporting parties for the 6th framework
  75. programme</a></b>:</p>
  76. <blockquote><p>Free Software is a concept
  77. that has fundamentally changed the way some parts of the IT sector are
  78. working towards a more stable, lasting and sustainable approach with higher
  79. dynamics and increased efficiency. It is obvious that the first region to
  80. adopt and support this principle on a larger scale can profit enormously and
  81. get a head-start in the information age.</p></blockquote>
  82. <h3>June 4th, 2002</h3>
  83. <p>Following a <a
  84. href="http://www.cordis.lu/fp6/eoi-instruments/home.html">Call for
  85. Expressions of Interest</a> (EOI.FP6.2002), the FSF Europe submitted an
  86. expression of interest for each of the FP6 instruments:</p>
  87. <h3>FOCAL -- "FOcusing Competence for Advantages of Liberty"</h3>
  88. <p><a href="focal.en.html">Expression of Interest for a <em>Network of Excellence</em></a>(Also available as <a href="FOCAL.pdf">PDF</a>; 129k)</p>
  89. <p>Registered in <a href="http://eoi.cordis.lu/search_form.cfm">IST program's database</a> as:</p>
  90. <ul>
  91. <li>
  92. <a HREF="http://eoi.cordis.lu/dsp_details.cfm?ID=36920">FOcussing Competence for Advantages of Liberty</a></li>
  93. <li>
  94. <b>Acronym: </b>FOCAL
  95. </li>
  96. <li>
  97. <b>Organisation: </b>Free Software Foundation Europe</li>
  98. <li>
  99. <b>Thematic priority: </b>1.1.2 Information Society technologies</li>
  100. <li>
  101. <b>Instrument: </b>Network of Excellence</li>
  102. <li>
  103. <b>Country: </b> Germany</li>
  104. </ul>
  105. <h3>LAFIS -- "LAying the Foundations for Information Society"</h3>
  106. <p><a href="lafis.html">Expression of Interest for an <em>Integrated Project</em></a> (Also available as <a href="LAFIS.pdf">PDF</a>; 127k)</p>
  107. <p>Registered in <a href="http://eoi.cordis.lu/search_form.cfm">IST program's database</a> as:</p>
  108. <ul>
  109. <li>
  110. <a HREF="http://eoi.cordis.lu/dsp_details.cfm?ID=36922">LAying the Foundations for the Information Society</a></li>
  111. <li>
  112. <b>Acronym: </b>LAFIS
  113. </li>
  114. <li>
  115. <b>Organisation: </b>Free Software Foundation Europe</li>
  116. <li>
  117. <b>Thematic priority: </b>1.1.2 Information Society technologies</li>
  118. <li>
  119. <b>Instrument: </b>Integrated Project</li>
  120. <li>
  121. <b>Country: </b> Germany</li>
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