Past projects

ALHO (Use of Open Source software in Public Administration)

COSS produced an Open source procurement guide, which was published as an official Public Administration Recommendation. The recommendation aims to lower IT-buyers’ threshold to take advantage of open source software in public sector’s aquirements.
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TIEKE invitation: 45th Business dates: Profit by electronic means

In 2009, information technology should be widely used to increase efficiency. The question is how.

Drop by on your way to work to drink coffee and listel, conversate, create contacts and share experiences on the matter.

Place: Sitra, Itämerentori 2, Helsinki
Registration: There’s only room for forty, so fill in the registration form quickly –

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Tiedote: 5-vuotias COSS Euroopan suurin Open Source -bisnesverkosto

Suomen open source -keskus COSS täyttää tällä viikolla 5 vuotta. Tällä hetkellä COSSilla on 141 bisnesjäsentä, mikä tekee siitä yhden merkittävimmistä avoimen lähdekoodin bisnesverkostoista Euroopassa.

COSSin jäsenmäärä on jatkanut avoimen lähdekoodin liiketoiminnan kehityksen mukana tasaista kasvua. COSSin ohjausryhmän puheenjohtaja Timo Väliharju arvioi COSSin roolia avoimen lähdekoodin tunnettuuden paranemisessa ja käytön yleistymisessä seuraavasti:

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Akademy 2010

Akademy is the annual meeting of the KDE community. This year, Akademy will be held in Tampere, Finland 3-10th July 2010. It is organised by KDE e.V. and COSS.

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Organizes COSS’ activity in education sector. EduCOSS acts as a forum for schools and education officials while collecting and distributing information about Open Source projects.
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Licencing FAQ

After this FAQ it’s adviced to also check Free Software Foundation’s GNU License FAQ.

1. If changes are made to GPLv2 or GPLv3 -licenced product, but it’s not distributed, does the source with  changes need to be published?


If the product is only used inside a company, the clauses concerning the distribution of licence are not applied and it’s source does’nt have to published. For this it doesn’t matter if the product has been changed or not.

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FILOSI, the Finnish Linux and Open Source Initiative, is a joint venture of leading academic and industrial organizations to boost open source technology research and development in Finland.

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Localization is the adaptation of products or services to the cultural, legal, linguistic, and technical requirements of a specific locale. Localization of open source solutions is especially important for users from SMEs and the public sector.

COSS aims to improve the cooperation between different localization projects and promotes localization work for different actors. Development of localization occurs through work with projects, communities, companies, researchers, and public bodies.

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EduCOSS aims its activities at consulting schools in relation to usage of open source software. EduCOSS collects and distributes information about OS projects in the fields of teaching and education. EduCOSS provides a forum for organizations working in the field of education to compare and exchange information about actors (e.g. solution providers) in the field. The research group of EduCOSS develops custom open-source-based ICT solutions together in collaboration with schools. It also evaluates economic and educational views of the deployments.

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