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Metadata plan should ease EU open source projects

ComputerWorld - The European Commission wants to improve its free and open-source software repository system using an enhanced metadata specification meant to help E.U. countries exchange more information about their free and open-source software projects.

European public administrations are encouraged to share and reuse free and open software through a federation of software collaboration platforms aimed at increasing visibility of open-source projects available in European countries. The Commission's Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) Programme was established to support that effort and gave a presentation last week on how to improve use of the repositories, which are called "forges."

The ISA plans to improve how national open-source repositories are linked, the organization said on Joinup, the Commission portal for reuse of open-source software. Currently, there is information about software projects available on Joinup, but only three elements are listed: name, description and URL.