GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance is a non-profit organization, was founded in 2008, 30 Universities and Research Centers are shareholders of GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance
We are platform for Open Standards, Free Software, Open Content, Open Data & Open Hardware in Greece. The major Greek Universities and Research Centers participate in GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance, while leading members of the Greek community of developers play a key role in the implementation of our policies.
GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance is affiliated with Creative Commons, is a founding member of COMMUNIA and FAB LAB ATHENS, member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Network, Node of the Open Data Institute(http://opendatainstitute.org/), member of the Open Budget Initiative (http://internationalbudget.org/what-we-do/major-ibp-initiatives/open-budget-initiative/) and member of the Open Policy Network(https://openpolicynetwork.org/).
GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance also cooperates with the Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas in the ICT sector, with the aim to assist companies that provide Open Technology services. Nine members of GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance participate in GRNET‘s project, FOSS Centers of Excellence, the centers deliver training activities for developing and promoting FOSS software in ten subject areas.
GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance experts share extensive multidisciplinary experience in the development and operation of major transparency and public engagement projects in Greece. These include the projects on electronic deliberation for participatory decision making and open innovation. To better coordinate and promote our projects we have established working groups, with more than 200 participants, each group drafts its own action plan using our WIKI.
Through our initiatives we contribute to the following:
– Raising public awareness about the benefits of using and developing Open Technologies.
– Providing reliable and timely information regarding Open Technologies, both in Greece and internationally.
– Fostering cooperation and equal participation for all stakeholders that are directly or indirectly involved in the promotion and development of Open Technologies in Greece, such as the community of developers and the entrepreneurs interested in Open Technologies.
– Establishing a number of Open Technologies promotion centers in Greece. (Their tasks includes organizing training seminars, cataloging Open Technology needs in various business sectors, and indexing all Greek institutions and organizations with an active interest in Open Technologies).
– Coordinating the efforts of groups of volunteers, enabling them to form the backbone of Greek FOSS development and implementation.
– Supporting the development and promotion of Open Technologies-based business initiatives, and providing SME’s with information on the adoption of Open Technologies.
– Offering technical support for Open Technologies applications. In particular, establishing a help-desk for Open Technologies users and groups, supporting localization efforts, developing a glossary, and contributing to the development of applications for which there is demand in Greece.
– Participation in national and international R&D projects in cooperation with our members.
To achieve our goals we are in cooperation with the following parties:
– the Greek Open Technologies communities of users and developers,
– laboratories using and developing Open Technology in Greek Universities and Research Centers,
– interested parties/potential users (public administration, local and regional governments, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations),
– ICT companies, that provide Open Technologies support and development services.
GFOSS Member Organizations:
Board of Directors:
President: Diomidis Spinellis (Athens University of Economics and Business, AUEB), Vice President: Nektarios Koziris (Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, ICCS), responsible for innovation and entrepreneurship, Vice President: Theodore Karounos (National Technical University of Athens, NTUA), responsible for coordination and operations,
Members: Michael Vafopoulos (Open Data Institute Athens, ODI Athens), responsible for Open Data, Vassilis Vlachos (Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly), responsible for Privacy and Security, Panagiotis Kranidiotis (GFOSS Scientific Committee), responsible for Public Administration and Local Government, Dimitris Kiriakos, (Greek Association of Computer Scientists), responsible for Primary and Secondary Education, Ioannis Stamelos, (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, AUTH), responsible for Higher Education and Research, Prodromos Tsiavos (Creative Commons Greece), responsible for Policy Recommendations, Open Content and Intellectual Property.
Address: 56, Mesogion Av. 11527, Athens
e-mail: info AT eellak DOT gr