The 9th edition of EOLE is coming! This year, the 5th of December, participants will focus on "Best practices and tools for managing free software: a new emerging common".

Are you interested in the legal aspects of Open Source ? Open Data ? Open Hardware? and so on . . .

EOLE is an international event that aims to promote the sharing and dissemination of legal knowledge on Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) licenses, as well as the development and promotion of good practices in the field.

It takes the form of a conference cycle, organized every year with a different topic: Open Innovation, free software licenses, public sector, research, cloud, etc. The event takes place in a different location every year (Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, etc.), in order to disseminate these topics and good practices as broadly as possible. EOLE tends to be organized during major events dedicated to Open Source like the Paris Open Source Summit or the Open World Forum, with the aim to bring them this legal dimension.

EOLE is organized by volunteers lawyers from the Open Source field and/or very interested by Open Source (see our team). The organization team is open to everyone, so everyone can feel free to join the team.

Best practices and tools for managing free software: a new emerging common

Free and open source software presents a large number of advantages for businesses: independence from traditional software publishers, adaptability, sustainability, etc. For companies wishing to benefit from the digital transformation of their  sector, free and open source software can also be seen as a business differentiator. More and more companies have seized this opportunity and are increasingly adopting free and open source software: the use of free and open source software within companies have doubled between 2010 and 2015, according to a study conducted by Gartner.

The specificities of using free and open source software components require companies to implement good practices, which are based on the formalization of new processes or the design of contractual and organisational frameworks, and increasingly the deployment of certain tools. These good practices will enable companies first to comply with free and open source software licenses, but above all to take full advantage of free and open source software

Managing free and open source software is improved through the implementation of tools dedicated to source code auditing (such as FOSSology or Black Duck) and processes to validate source code that has been produced within the company. This also applies to company contracts: specific contracts may have to be concluded (licenses, CLA or CAA), on which the employees will have to be trained.

The 2017 edition of EOLE, organized during the Paris Open Source Summit in December (5th December 2017), will be an opportunity to present these good practices by focusing on possibilities for mutualization (sharing).

Mutualization of best practices and tools offers many advantages: time and costs savings, risk reduction, etc. It also enhances the benefits of a digital transformation based on free and open source software.

This year's Event will allow us to discuss on the following topics with a view towards establishing and sharing best practices in this area:

  • Harmonization of contractual practices
  • Free and open source software policy frameworks
  • Licensing analysis grid
  • License issues in continuous development tools
  • License management and compliance tools
  • Patent practices
  • Trademark policies

Mutualiser les outils et bonnes pratiques de gestion de l'Open Source

Le recours àu logiciel libre et open source présente un grand nombre d’avantages pour les entreprises : indépendance vis-à-vis des éditeurs traditionnels, adaptabilité, pérennité… Le logiciel libre et open source peut également être perçu comme un différenciateur business pour les organisations souhaitant tirer profit de la transformation numérique pour leur métier. Celles-ci ont bien saisi cet intérêt et sont de plus en plus nombreuses à adopter le logiciel libre et open source : son utilisation au sein des entreprises aurait doublé entre 2010 et 2015, selon une étude menée par Gartner.

Les spécificités liées au fait d’utiliser des composants de logiciel libre et open source imposent aux entreprises de mettre en place de bonnes pratiques qui s’appuient sur le déploiement de certains outils, la formalisation de nouveaux processus ou encore la conception de référentiels. Ces bonnes pratiques permettront à l’entreprise de respecter les licences, mais surtout de tirer pleinement profit du logiciel libre et open source.

La gestion du logiciel libre et open source suppose donc la mise en place d’outils dédiés à l’audit du code (cf. Black Duck) et de processus de validation du code produit au sein de l’entreprise. De même, des contrats spécifiques devront être conclus (licences, mais également CLA ou CAA), sur lesquels les salariés de l'entreprise devront recevoir une formation.

L’édition 2017 d’EOLE, organisée à l’occasion du Paris Open Source Summit en décembre prochain (05 décembre 2017), sera l’occasion de présenter ces bonnes pratiques en s’intéressant aux possibilités de mutualisation.

Une telle mutualisation présente de nombreux avantages : économie de temps, diminution des coûts ainsi que des risques. Elle répond par ailleurs à cette idée d’une transformation numérique qui s’appuierait sur le logiciel libre et open source.

Cette journée nous permettra d’échanger sur les thèmes suivants :

  • Harmonisation des pratiques contractuelles
  • Référentiel en matière de politique du logiciel libre et open source
  • Grille de lecture de licences
  • Questions de licences dans les outils de développement continu
  • License management and compliance tools
  • Pratiques en matière de brevets
  • Politiques en matière de marques

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