Study on Economic Impact of OSS in the EU
Thursday October 19th 2006, 9:07h
Filed under: ETH Zürich, Politics, Research

The study “Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU” was presented in September in Brussels by Rishab Aiyer Ghosh of UNU-MERIT. Recently, it was heavily critized by Microsoft’s Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) (there is also a German article) for its - in my opinion - great…:

Policy recommendations, based on detailed policy strategies described:

  • Avoid penalising FLOSS in innovation and R&D incentives, public R&D funding and public software procurement that is currently often anti-competitive
  • Support FLOSS in pre-competitive research and standardisation
  • Avoid lifelong vendor lock-in in educational systems by teaching students skills, not specific applications; encourage participation in FLOSS-like communities
  • Encourage partnerships between large firms, SMEs and the FLOSS community
  • Provide equitable tax treatment for FLOSS creators: FLOSS software contributions can be treated as charitable donations for tax purposes. Where this is already possible, spread awareness among firms, contributors and authorities.

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