Building a digital commons of Public Administraton for OS sofware: the experience of CSI-Piemonte

This talk has been presented by Laura Garbati, during the 2019 edition with the thematic “Legal aspects of digital commons”.

Building a digital commons of Public Administraton for OS sofware: the experience of CSI-Piemonte

The Italian law provides for the publication under a free licence of all software belonging to a public administration. But publication is only the first step, not the last. The Digital Administration Agency supports collaboration between public administrations in order to preserve the value of each investment, thus avoiding forks and duplications. But how do we manage the interaction between public administrations? How do we manage a common roadmap, between binding regulation of public action and the flexibility of the EU model, to reinforce the advantage of a “new public Open Source contract”? In addition, new models need to be found to interact with existing communities, and to create an experience of co-development and co-publication.Regarding these questions, CSI-Piemonte – a consortium of regional public entities aiming to manage their information systems – has created an internal and open source skills centre that currently supports the creation and publication of internal and external open source projects, collaborating with other public administrations and pre-existing communities. In this context, the CSI would like to share its first experience in the development of digital communities, the problems encountered and the solutions assumed: New public projects published on GitHub, the study of models of sustainable communities, interaction with communities in the field of Geographic Information Systems and the development of an open source digital commons between public administrations.

About Laura Garbati :

Lawyer – legal office, CSI Piemonte

Lawyer and mum of 43 years, from the youth passionate about technology and free software, graduated with honors with a thesis on the Internet and privacy in European countries; she received a master’s degree in IT law anche Legal Informatics at the University of Bologna and – this September – a master’s degree in free software management in Turin. She worked in a medium-sized legal firm in Milan dealing with privacy and copyright and today she works at the CSI-Piemonte, a consortium for the management of information systems of public entities in Piedmont, where she deals with intellectual property – especially applied to software – licensing management, research and development and international projects.