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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - February 2017</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - February 2017</h1>
  8. <h2 id="why-open-science-matters-and-the-fsfe's-position-on-horizon-2020">
  9. Why Open Science matters and the FSFE's position on Horizon 2020</h2>
  10. <p newsteaser="yes">"Open Science" is an emerging movement that asks to
  11. transfer the four freedoms that we practice in Free Software into science.
  12. Although it is still emerging, Open Science receives more and more strategic
  13. importance for decision-makers. In the eyes of financial ministers of the
  14. European Union, Open Science produces and uses a lot of Open Data, which
  15. in turn has the potential for big economic benefits. The "European Cloud
  16. Initiative", for example, is part of the European Commission's strategy
  17. for Open Science, intended for building a <a href="">"competitive data
  18. and knowledge economy in Europe"</a>. It aims at strengthening Europe's
  19. position in data-driven innovation and is thus considered to become an
  20. important part of the European Digital Single Market. Or, as the Organisation
  21. for Economic Co-operation and Development puts it: <a href="">"Encouraging the
  22. sharing and re-use of research data could generate more value for public money"</a>.</p>
  23. <p>With this in mind, the FSFE targets Free Software to be part of this
  24. emerging field of European Open Science from the beginning. As all
  25. research, data processing and archiving nowadays heavily depends on
  26. software, it is a chance to jump on the bandwagon and define Free Software
  27. as a precondition of Open Science. As one course of action, we <a href="">wrote a position
  28. paper for the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020</a>, the biggest EU Research
  29. and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available.</p>
  30. <p>The <a href="">FSFE's position paper
  31. explains how Free Software and Open Standards are fundamental to Open
  32. Science</a> and we therefore ask for all publicly-funded research in Europe
  33. to mandatorily use and develop Free Software and Open Standards. With
  34. the "European Cloud Initiative" in mind, we explicitly ask that <a href="">"Data and
  35. software repositories and Data Management Plans (DMPs) must employ Free
  36. Software in order to ensure unfettered access to their contents and long
  37. term preservation"</a>.</p>
  38. <hr/>
  39. <p>Help us now to grow bigger and make a difference in 2017<a href=""></a></p>
  40. <hr/>
  41. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done?-inside-and-Outside-the-fsfe">What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE</h2>
  42. <ul>
  43. <li>To underpin the demands of the position paper we wrote for the interim
  44. evaluation of Horizon 2020 (see above), we <a href="">filed a Freedom
  45. of Information request to the European Commission’s Directorate-General
  46. for Research and Innovation</a> to ask about the use, development and
  47. release of (Free) software under Horizon2020. We will keep you updated
  48. about any response.</li>
  49. <li><a href="">We published
  50. our annual report</a> with insights about our policy work, campaigns and
  51. events in 2016 as well as a preview for 2017.</li>
  52. <li> In August 2016, <a href="">the FSFE joined the Advisory Board of
  53. The Document Foundation</a>. Now, <a href="">The Document
  54. Foundation opens up the LibreOffice Certification for Migrations and
  55. Trainings</a> to members of not-for-profit organisations on their Advisory
  56. Board, including the FSFE.</li>
  57. <li><a href="">We published
  58. a report of the first ever FSFE summit</a> that happened in September 2016. The
  59. report includes reflections, impressions, pictures and the full schedule
  60. with links to the abstract, slides and video recordings of each talk, if
  61. available. If you missed the summit, this report is your chance to catch
  62. up on it.</li>
  63. <li><a href="">The FSFE's
  64. assembly during the 33rd edition of the Chaos Communication Congress (33C3)</a> was a
  65. big success thanks to our highly motivated team behind the booth and the
  66. high quality of 21 sessions in three days that have been realized by our
  67. session hosts. <a href="">Read Erik's
  68. report and see the pictures for more insights</a>.</li>
  69. <li>Like every year, FSFE staff and many team members will be at FOSDEM
  70. and we have a big booth <a href="">in the K building</a>. If you
  71. come to FOSDEM take the chance to meet the FSFE or individual members.</li>
  72. <li><a href="">"Barcelona Free Software"</a> is a local
  73. group in Barcelona and an open space for coders and users who love Free
  74. Software. Following a team decision at the end of 2016, Barcelona Free
  75. Software now is an <a href="">associated
  76. organisation of the FSFE</a>.</li>
  77. <li>Would you like to work with us in the FSFE or you know somehow who
  78. would like to? <a href="">In 2017,
  79. we are looking for new student interns</a> to join our team and who like
  80. to get to know a world full of Free Software.</li>
  81. </ul>
  82. <h2 id="get-active">Get active</h2>
  83. <p>February 14 is "I love Free Software day", the day to say thank you to
  84. all the people behind Free Software. Use this day to show your love for
  85. your favorite Free Software and check out our campaign page in advance
  86. to get some ideas and inspiration: <a href=""></a></p>
  87. <h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software News</h2>
  88. <p>The <a href="">Paris Declaration on Open Government</a>, introduced
  89. during the OGP Paris Summit last December, aims at establishing cooperation
  90. between countries and civil societies throughout 2017. The Declaration is
  91. composed of 21 collective action items with the <a href="">accomplishment
  92. of open public procurement and formation of effective Free Software
  93. policies listed among them</a>.</p>
  94. <h2 id="help-us-to-improve-our-newsletter"> Help us to improve our newsletter</h2>
  95. <p>
  96. Do you think we have missed some news, or you'd like specific news to appear in the next newsletter? Please share this and any other feedback by writing to
  97. </p>
  98. <p>
  99. Thanks to all the
  100. <a href="">volunteers</a>,
  101. <a href="">Fellows</a>
  102. and
  103. <a href="">corporate donors</a>
  104. who enable our work,
  105. </p>
  106. <p>
  107. your editors Erik Albers, Olga Gkotsopoulou and Fernando Sanjurjo,
  108. <a href="">FSFE</a>
  109. </p>
  110. <hr/>
  111. <p>Help us now to grow bigger and make a difference in 2017<a href=""></a></p>
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