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Czech environmental agency relying on open source and open standards

OSOR - Cenia, the Czech Republic's Environmental Information Agency, is relying on a broad variety of open source solutions, says its director Jiří Hradec. "To provision services that vendor independence, we use open source wherever possible."

Hradec was one of the speakers at a workshop on interoperability and standards, organised by the European Commission, that took place on 16 June in Brussels. 

The agency's director argued in favour of a common European approach for spatial data applications. "That will foster competition and increase the reuse of applications developed for public administrations." He also wants the EC to extend its licence for open source software, the European Union Public Licence (EUPL), so that it can be used for publishing government data.