Past events

Tuesday, 9 October, 2012 - 12:00

Carrot cake at Karsmakers is a standing open invitation to all epfsugers and friends to come together and just talk and talk and talk and.... whatever :-)

Pad for thoughts: http://pad.epfsug.eu/p/epfsug--9-October-Carrot-cake-at-Karsmakers

Monday, 24 September, 2012 - 18:30
Friday, 7 September, 2012 - 12:00

We'll start up with a carrot cake meeting again on 7 September.

Pad for food: http://pad.epfsug.eu/p/epfsug-7-September-Carrot-cake-at-Karsmakers

 

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012 - 11:00

If you need a badge to enter the European Parliament in Brussels, please send an email to epfsug@epfsug.eu and tell that you are attending, then bring your passport or ID and come to the Accreditation Centre, see map and picture. Please be there at 10h30 since it takes a while to sign everybody in. Thanks!

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Dear colleagues and friends,

I am delighted to invite you to an event I am hosting with the European Parliament Free Software User Group to discuss the wonderful news that DG ITEC has announced it will share the source code for the Parliament's Automatic Tool for AMendments with the world!


Time: 11h00-13h00 Wednesday 11 July 2012 (download to your calendar)
Location: Room P1C051 (Building Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS), 1st floor, room C051)
Regi-
stration:
If you don't have a badge please send a mail to epfsug@epfsug.eu, otherwise no registration necessary. Please note that registration is open and public.

As you all know, AT4AM is a key tool in our daily work in the Parliament. But on which terms should its source code be shared? At the meeting we will explore the opportunities this decision will create for citizens and also discuss the practical legal aspects of free software licenses that should be taken into consideration to make the best choice for AT4AM. Many models exist, but which one will best serve both the institution and the free software community? Finally, at the end of the meeting, my colleague MEP Amelia Andersdotter will give a short overview of what EPFSUG is planning after the summer break.

Please be warmly welcome on 11 July!

Marie-Christine Vergiat



Agenda for EPFSUG meeting 11 July 2012
11h00-13h00 in room P1C051

WELCOME Marie-Christine Vergiat, MEP
About EPFSUG

The European Parliament Free Software User Group is an open community of staff, assistants and Members of the European Parliament, and of supporters from the free software community. Its goals are to:

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world
SOFTWARE,
FREEDOM
AND DEMO-
CRACY
What does free software have to do with democracy?
Karsten Gerloff, FSFE President
Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe, will explain why software freedom is essential to democracy and necessary for transparency. The Parliament has a central role in society and its processes must be as transparent as possible. Allowing the public to review, share and improve the tools that the Parliament uses in its work is an important step towards a more participative society where citizens are in control.
SOFTWARE
LICENSING
IN THE EU
Which software licenses can serve both the free software community and the Parliament?
Carlo Piana, FSFE General Counsel
Carlo Piana, one of Europe's foremost software lawyers, will discuss the best approach to licensing AT4AM as free software. He will analyse how the Parliament, other public bodies, and Europe's citizens will benefit from releasing this application under licenses that guarantee software freedom in perpetuity.
EPFSUG
MATTERS
What's up and coming?
Amelia Andersdotter, EPFSUG Patron
The European Parliament Free Software User Group currently has two patrons, MEPs Indrek Tarand and Amelia Andersdotter. Together they are supporting users of free software who work in the Parliament and are willing to explore ways of incorporating free software in their work routines as far as rules and regulations of the House permit. Amelia Andersdotter will give a short overview of what EPFSUG is planning after the summer break in terms of meetings, applications and reach out.
Become a supporter!

Can't wait to learn more about free software?
Tuesday, 26 June, 2012 - 12:00

Carrot cake at Karsmakers is a standing open invitation to all epfsugers and friends to come together and just talk and talk and talk and.... whatever :-)

Tuesday, 5 June, 2012 - 12:00

Carrot cake at Karsmakers is a standing open invitation to all epfsugers and friends to come together and just talk and talk and talk and.... whatever :-)

 Pad for thoughts: http://pad.epfsug.eu/p/epfsug--5-June-Carrot-cake-at-Karsmakers

Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 12:00

Carrot cake at Karsmakers is a standing open invitation to all epfsugers and friends to come together and just talk and talk and talk and.... whatever :-)

http://pad.epfsug.eu/p/epfsug--15-May-Carrot-cake-at-Karsmakers

Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 - 12:00

Carrot cake at Karsmakers is a standing open invitation to all epfsugers and friends to come together and just talk and talk and talk and.... whatever :-)

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 12:00

Carrot cake at Karsmakers is a standing open invitation to all epfsugers and friends to come together and just talk and talk and talk and.... whatever :-)

Sunday, 5 February, 2012 - 14:00

EPFSUG - everybody needs a hacker!

Camilla Bursi and Jonatan Walck

The European Parliament Free Software User Group (EPFSUG) is currently a 37 person strong user group of staff, assistants, MEPs and supporters from the free software community. The mission of EPFSUG is to

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world

This Lightning Talk will make you want to become a supporter too, because everybody needs a hacker to talk to sometimes, in particular the folks who work in the European Parliament!

The first public announcement of the European Parliament Free Software User Group (EPFSUG) on 6 February 2010 was made at FOSDEM. Now one year later EPFSUG wants to come back and tell the world what happened, what we do now, and what our plans are. We currently constitute 1 patron, 11 members and 25 supporters.

We have a website, some mailing lists and a pad. EPFSUG is a user group, but it's complicated. Most members have standard EP office workstations with very little free software running. At the same time, most of EPFSUG's supporters are hackers and overall very proficient free software users.

We try to bridge the gap application by application. Our first project for opening up the possibility to use free software in the European Parliament is tmail - a server workaround to let you use your mail with IMAP - and with it new simple ways to have basic email privacy. Our second application is the browser. So far not much has happened in practice on the EP office workstations, but we have at least initiated a dialogue with the EP folks who really decide, and it looks like Firefox will soon be available on the standard EP office workstation. The third big project will of course be word processing, but we have not worked so much on that yet. We also come together to talk about free software in society at large (ie. the world outside the EP) so we have had meetings on FreedomBox, ParlTrack, Ubuntu Unity and CiviCRM. The most ambitious presentation so far was probably a hacker perspective on reverse engineering the law making process...

EPFSUG could grow much more. We want to come to FOSDEM again for the same reason as last year - "The EU Parliament needs your help" - but this time we'll maybe have a stand with t-shirts and stickers, and a looong to-do-list with stuff to hack :-)

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