Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) opening office in Luxembourg

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux®, today announced the appointment of Claude Beullens as director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Beullens brings nearly 30 years of experience in enterprise computing, sales and marketing to lead OSDL’s efforts and initiatives throughout the region.

Government interest, economic opportunity and the location of leading open source projects makes Europe a strategic priority for OSDL and its members. OSDL will work locally in Europe to support community and industry development of Linux, to accelerate deployments of Linux for business and government and to increase confidence in the use of Linux and open source software. Beullens will be centrally based in Luxembourg.

”There is a philosophical foundation in place throughout Europe that drives the adoption of Linux and open source technologies to achieve social and economic advancement,” said Stuart Cohen, CEO, Open Source Development Labs. ”OSDL can contribute to this environment by providing resources that will accelerate Linux deployments for local governments, local and international businesses and with European entrepreneurs. Claude’s extensive experience and leadership in the European software industry will significantly enhance this contribution.”

”OSDL’s new presence in Europe is the latest demonstration that Linux and open source technologies are vibrant and maturing around the world,” said Claude Beullens, director, EMEA, Open Source Development Labs. ”I look forward to collaborating with the development community, business and government to support Linux and advance innovation and economic growth around Linux and open source software.”

Beullens comes to OSDL after serving in product, engineering and sales and marketing management positions at AMC, Apollo Computer, Hewlett Packard and MC2. He is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch, and Luxembourgish.

Full OSDL Press Release

BBC Creative Archive en ligne

La BBC a pris la tête d’un groupe s’appellant “Creative Archive Licence Group”, qui vient de débuter la première phase du projet de mise en ligne des archives publiques avec le partenariat de la BBC, du British Film Institute, de l’Open University et de Channel 4: creative archive. La licence Creative Archive est quasi identique à la licence Creative Commons, sauf qu’elle ne permet la redistribution des contenus que dans le Royaume Uni.

Catalogue de bibliothèque sous CC

Le réseau de bibliothèques publiques du “Östereichisches Bibliothekswerk” vient de mettre son catalogue sous la licence Creative Commons.

Toute bibliothèque peut donc maintenant utiliser ce catalogue en entier ou en partie pour ses propores collections. Avec la pratique du “Copy-cataloguing” qui devient de plus en plus courante, cette initiative est un élément pragmatique pour faciliter la réutilisation de ces données. La licence choisie est indiquée par la petite boîte grise intitulée “CC Some Rights Reserved”. www.biblio.at

Cologne Open Access Publishing Summit

Held in Cologne in decembre 2004, all papers and presentations are now online.

“Online publishing is revolutionizing the scholarly communication process. Researchers, publishers, and libraries – all actors in the scholarly communications system are being affected. The open access movement is playing an important role in shaping the future system of scholarly publishing. This is especially true for periodicals. The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 1.300 journals until now. The Cologne Summit will act as a cutting-edge forum describing the state of the art. It also stands for fair but controversial discussions and debate surrounding the issues of open access publishing to all actors in the field.” Ulrich Korwitz – Deutsche Zentralbibliothek fuer Medizin

Link: www.zbmed.de/summit

Le 17 février 2005 constitution de l’association

Constitution de l’association LuxCommons. Association sans but lucratif, dont le but est l’adaptation des licences Creative Commons et la promotion de celles-ci au Grand Duché du Luxembourg.

L’association a été constituée le 17 février 2005. Enregistrée et déposée le 8 mars 2005 sous le numéro F959 au Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés à Diekirch. Retrouvez ses statuts.

Ci-joint une photo des fondateurs (plus beaux en vrai)

De gauche à droite : Olivier LAIDEBEUR (secrétaire), Patrick PEIFFER (président), Laurent KRATZ (trésorier)

UK: Creative Commons for public sector

The Common Information Environment (CIE) invites proposals for a study into the applicability of Creative Commons licences to public sector organisations in the United Kingdom. The goal is to take rapid and informed decisions concerning use and re-use of digital (heritage) materials, educating end-users about licences and facilitating licence use in general.

Links: Site CIE, PDF appel d’offres.