EOLE 2018 : Compliance & conformance processes in the time of mainstream Open Source

Annual conference cycle with an international reach, the European Open source & Law Event (EOLE) aims at encouraging the mutualization and diffusion of legal knowledge related to free licences, as well as the development and promotion of good practices. Initiative born in 2008 from users’ needs, EOLE has for objective to develop a legal doctrine dedicated to the open source, with a particular attention to the delivery of neutral and quality information.

The use of free and open source software presents a large number of advantages for organizations : independence from traditional publishers, adaptability, sustainability, etc. For the past few years, its adoption was accelerated because of its growing strategic nature and market pressure. In the digital age, free software become a true business differentiator, and not taking advantage of it to strengthen professions is a real risk for hesitant or refractory organizations.

As a consequence, many actors gradually establish good practices relying on international strandardization processes, deployment of specific tools, or the design of standards. These good practices enable the organization to respect licences, but above all to fully benefit from free and open source software by focusing on its own added-value.

In this context, increasingly integrated in industrial processes of open source user and producer organizations, the conformity management has now acquired a strong maturity thanks to numerous international initiatives of standardization and automation. Resolutely turned towards this thematic, the edition 2018 has allowed to report the state of progress of these different works and to anticipate the next major evolution of the area.

The edition 2018 of EOLE, organized in partnership with the Paris Open Source Summit (POSS) last December, was the opportunity to present these good practices by focusing on conformance processes in a time of mainstream open source.


Involving international speakers, as well as institutional, industrial & university instructors, this edition 2018 will be composed of several highlights between testimonies, experience feedback and sharing of good practices.

  • 9:00 – 9:30 : Opening speechCompliance as a common challenge – Introduction by Benjamin Jean, inno³

10:00 – 11:00 : Panel 1 I Compliance through standardization

How standardisation and good practices can help your organisation achieving compliance ?

  • SPDX : 2018 Trends – Camille MOULIN, inno³
  • Open Chain – Malcolm BAIN, ID Law
  • Relevant implementation of repository within an organization – Jérôme DEBRAS, JDLAW
  • Epic fails and good practices in the quest for GDPR compliance – Cristina DeLisle, XWiki

11:15 – 12:45 : Panel 2 I Tools & Compliance

Concrete Open Source tools and projects to help you achieve compliance with your Open Source components.

  • Clearly Defined – Philippe Ombredanne, NexB
  • Joinup Licensing Assistant – Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz, Joinup legal expert (IPR / Open source licensing / Personal data protection)
  • License Compatibility tool – Marco Ciurcina, Studiolegale.it


14:00 – 15:00 : Panel 3 I Open Source in Governments

How the evolution of law helps Governments leveraging Open Source for their digital transformation.

  • France open-source contribution policy – Laurent Joubert, DINSIC
  • Public Administration and free software, part 2: a hypothesis for a new business model – Laura Garbati, CSI-Piemonte

15:00 – 17:15 : Workshop I Open Source Tools – Fossology.org

A hands-on session to use Fossology (licence & IP evidence detection). Session divided into 2 workshops of 1 hour each.

17:15 – 17:30 I Closing Speech