"A place for public code" +++ FSFE support +++ Job vacancy

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Wed Sep 23 13:51:36 UTC 2020

 = "A place for public code" +++ FSFE support +++ Job vacancy =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-202009.el.html ]

Read in our September newsletter about a new strong alliance formed by
administrations, business and civil society organisations asking for "A
place for public code". Also read about our call to apply for FSFE
support for your local project, our job vacancy, and about our other
diverse community activities.

 == "A place for public code" ==

A special interest group composed of the FSFE and many other civil
society organisations as well as major German municipalities like Munich
and Frankfurt has published a working paper (DE) [1] as a first concept
for a common code repository for the public sector. Under the slogan "A
place for public code" [2], the interest group now wants to pave the way
for one portal through which the public administration in Germany can
exchange and jointly develop Free Software in an adequate and legally
compliant manner.

With the slogan "Public Money? Public Code!", the FSFE has been
campaigning since 2017 that publicly financed code developments should
be published under a Free Software license. Facilitating the exchange of
this software is just as important as its publication. And while other
countries in Europe lead the way with other approaches but similar
initiatives - for example the Technology Transfer Centre [3] in Spain or
Etalab [4] in France - in the biggest economy in Europe, "a common place
to exchange this software within public institutions is still missing in
Germany", explains Alexander Sander, EU Policy Manager of FSFE.

The initiative invites administrations, politicians and the Free
Software community and other interested stakeholders to participate in
the discussion and to further develop the concept.

 == Call to apply for FSFE support for your local project ==

>From international campaigns to local information booths, our successful
spreading of software freedom is based on many shoulders from active
members within our community. The FSFE has always been keen on
supporting initiatives and activities from local FSFE groups to single
supporters. We happily support you with our expertise, our information
material, our networks, or even financially.

To help formalize our support we will from now on run a call for FSFE
community projects [5] every two months. Participating in the first
edition is as simple as filling out a short online form [6] until 4
October 2020.


The biggest financial impact the FSFE faces in these times of physical
distancing is the cancellation of Free Software conferences, including
our own events. To keep the software freedom movement solid and alive,
please consider donating a part of your conference budget to Free
Software organisations, including the FSFE [7].


 == Job Vacancy ==

The FSFE is looking for an office assistant to support our work to
empower people to control technology. The person will work 15-35 hours
per week with our team in the Berlin office and will support the FSFE's
Berlin office operations. Deadline to apply is Sunday 4 October 2020.
Please share this with others you know who might be interested.

 == What have we done? Inside and outside the FSFE ==

- On Saturday 12 September we ran our first online web-a-thon. Nine
  participants joined us full- or part-time for one day to update and
  improve our webpage with translations, content and technical issues.
  Among the visible things we updated were our about [8] page and our
  contact [9] page. This is in line with major improvements we already
  did throughout the year on our activities [10] page, our team [11]
  page and our front page [12]. If you would like to help us with our
  web-development, join our web team [13].

- On 18 September, the FSFE's Policy Manager Alexander Sander gave a
  talk at the esLibre conference [14] about the advantages of using Free
  Software in the public sector.

- On 10 September, Alexander Sander gave a lightning talk at the State
  of the Source Summit about "Public Money? Public Code! – Global
  problems need global solutions!"

- A local TV station located at the biggest lake of central Europe, the
  lake of Constance, created a special episode [15] about the background
  of Free Software and its use in the educational sector and during
  apprenticeships. Among the interviewees is Peter Bittner who also
  managed to promote the FSFE with prominent use of our promotion

 == Get Active ==

If you are a supporter of the FSFE and you have a project you have
wanted to do for a long time, apply for funding [16] by the FSFE and
make it happen. If you are a supporter but you have no project in hand,
look for a local group [17] in your vicinity or create one. And if you
are not a supporter yet - time to join the FSFE now [18].

 == Contribute to our newsletter ==

If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, please send
them to us. As always, the address is newsletter at fsfe.org. We're looking
forward hearing from you!

If you also want to support us and our work, join our community and
support us with a donation or a monthly contribution:
https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl-202009 [19]

Thanks to our community and all the volunteers [20], supporters [21],
and donors [22] who make our work possible. And thanks to our
translators [23], who enable you to read this newsletter in your native

Your editor, Erik Albers


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  1: https://download.fsfe.org/policy/papers/20200910-Ein-Ort-fuer-oeffentlichen-Code.v1.pdf
  2: https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20200910-01.el.html
  3: https://fsfe.org/news/2018/news-20180601-01.el.html
  4: https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20200609-01.el.html
  5: https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20200907-01.html
  6: https://fsfe.org/community/projects-call/projects-call.html
  7: https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl
  8: https://fsfe.org/about/about.el.html
  9: https://fsfe.org/contact/contact.el.html
 10: https://fsfe.org/activities/activities.el.html
 11: https://fsfe.org/about/team.el.html
 12: https://fsfe.org/index.el.html
 13: https://fsfe.org/contribute/web/web.en.html
 14: https://eslib.re/2020/programa/
 15: https://bodenseetv.ch/2020/09/
 16: https://fsfe.org/community/projects-call/projects-call.html
 17: https://wiki.fsfe.org/LocalGroups
 18: https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=newsletter
 19: https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl-202009
 20: https://fsfe.org/contribute
 21: https://my.fsfe.org/support
 22: https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus
 23: https://fsfe.org/contribute/translators
 24: https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl
 25: https://community.fsfe.org/t/511

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