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Building Global Biodiversity Knowledge Through Open Access Data

Press Release | European Commission (EC) | December 4, 2013

An open-access platform to enable the integration of European and Brazilian biodiversity research tools has been developed through an EU-funded programme. The EUBRAZILOPENBIO [...] project, which was completed earlier this year, will help promote cross-border innovation and the sharing of best practice in a vitally important field of research. Read More »

Companies Not Asked To Report Slavery In Supply Chains Under New Laws [UK]

Rowena Mason | The Guardian | June 10, 2014

Home Office says government wants to work with businesses to eliminate forced labour without placing a burden on them Read More »

Covert US-EU Trade Deal Could Make NHS Privatization Irreversible – Trade Unions

Staff Writer | RT News | September 10, 2014

A group of high-profile trade unions have backed a growing campaign opposed to a new transatlantic trade deal critics claim will make the privatization of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) irreversible.  Three of the UK’s largest unions have tendered motions to the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Liverpool, outlining their opposition to the cross-border agreement currently being negotiated by EU bureaucrats and US delegates...

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Data Protection Responses To PRISM "A Smokescreen"

Simon Phipps | Computerworld | June 17, 2013

An online privacy expert has denounced European responses to US Internet surveillance and called for legal immunity in Europe for those that report its effects. [...] Read More »

Developing Nations Improving Health Communication Through the Use of DHIS2 (Part 1)

DHIS2 implementations are spreading steadily among national health services in developing countries as well as among international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to improving health in the developing world through the use of health information technology. As an open source solution, DHIS2 offers developing countries the advantage of adopting a cost-effective and flexible solution for aggregate statistical data collection, validation, analysis, management, and presentation as well as for data sharing between healthcare professionals and facilities. Organizations and individuals who work with humanitarian software solutions will need to know what DHIS2 is, how it works, and how it might be implemented by national health services and other health-related projects across the globe...

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District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2)

District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2) is a free and open source health management data platform used by multiple organizations, including the European Union (EU), and governments worldwide. It is currently being deployed in 54 countries. DHIS2 is a development project by the Health Information Systems Program (HISP) and is used for aggregate statistical data collection, validation, analysis, management, and presentation...

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EU 'Open Data' promotion could benefit UK Economy

Graham Jarvis | ComputerWeekly | August 12, 2013

European Union (EU) 'open data' directive, updating the terms of the reuse of public sector information, will create 58,000 jobs in the UK up to 2017 and will add £216 billion to the country’s economy. Read More »

EU's Anti-Terrorist Internet Guidelines A Waste Of Money, Says Group

Jennifer Baker | Computerworld | January 22, 2013

An EU project to draw up guidelines to reduce terrorist use of the Internet has been described as a total waste of money by independent watchdog EDRi (European Digital Rights). Read More »

EU, Facing Opposition, Suspends Ratification of Copyright Treaty, Refers to Court of Justice

Associated Press | The Washington Post | February 22, 2012

The European Commission, facing opposition in city streets, on the Internet and in the halls of parliament, has suspended efforts to ratify a new international anti-counterfeiting agreement, and instead will refer it to Europe’s highest court to see whether it violates any fundamental EU rights.

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Europe Pledges Support for Open Source Government Solutions

Estonia has long been the digital envy of many European Union member states. An effective and open policy approach to digital government has yielded extraordinary results—from 90%+ uptake of electronic identification (E-ID) solutions to an open source e-government platform (X-Road) to meet the ever-growing expectations of IT-savvy citizens as well as other countries wanting to pool IT across borders. Perhaps the most significant development for open source supporters is the explicit recognition of open source software (OSS) as a key driver towards achieving ambitious governmental digitisation goals by 2020. Under the declaration, European goverments will...

Europe's Big NO to Half Baked GMO Compromises

Molly Scott Cato MEP | Ecologist | November 3, 2015

Last week something almost unprecedented occurred in the European Parliament. All the political groups joined together to roundly reject a proposal on GMOs from the Commission. The issue was a botched attempt to break the majority opposition to allowing GM food and feed into the single market. This followed a similarly bad proposal to facilitate GM cultivation which was voted on in January.

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day Highlights Need For Urgent Action

Press Release | Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | November 17, 2014

Cubist Joining the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance in the United Kingdom...

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European Cloud Users Could Shun U.S. Cloud Services Altogether

Brian Proffitt | ReadWrite | October 6, 2013

Fed up with the continuing stream of news about U.S. intelligence efforts to monitor cloud services, valuable E.U. customers may just use their own local clouds Read More »

European Parliament To Weigh Open Source Pilots

Gijs Hillenius | JoinUp | June 18, 2014

Next Monday, the European Parliament's budget committee will consider a proposal from the Green/EFA group to pilot the use of open source encryption software, to be used by parliament members and their staff. The Green/EFA group is also asking to trial the use of open standards and open source to make available the EP's data available in machine-readable format...

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European Union (EU) Joinup Web Site

I have been following Gijs Hillenius for the past year on several social media and news sites. He is a journalist with over 25 years of experience and is currently the news editor of the Open Source Repository & Observatory (OSOR). The focus of many of his posts is on the use of open source and open standards by national, regional, and local governments across the European Union (EU). Read More »