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Open Source Systems in the Public Sector

A symposium with the ambition to bridge the gap between public management officials, systems sevelopers, and user/research communities in regard to open source systems in the public sector.

Time and place

Monday January 23, 2017

See full programme

Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden.

Photo Love Dalén


Registration deadline is January 16, 2017. Registration fee 200 SEK.


Government agencies are becoming increasingly dependent on sophisticated information technology in fulfilling their core missions. It has been recognized for a long time that open source systems offer many advantages that should be particularly appealing when considering public investment in information technology. Nevertheless, the adoption of open source systems in the public sector is surprisingly slow, and there are still few examples of government agencies engaged in open-source development projects.

In this symposium, we want to share the experiences from a few of the open source systems that are used now in the public sector, and we want to highlight some open source development projects driven by government agencies in Sweden and abroad.

Speakers include

Sanja Halling (Open Source and work with Open Data issues at the National Archivesexternal link, opens in new window)

Jessica Andersson (Koha steering groupexternal link)

Peter Krantz (National Library of Swedenexternal link)

James Macklin (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadaexternal link)

Ella Vogel (National Biodiversity Networkexternal link)

Anna Otmalm (Swedish Environmental Protection Agencyexternal link)

Dave Martin (CSIROexternal link)

Scott Chamberlain, (rOpenSciexternal link)

Markus Skyttner (Swedish Museum of Natural History)

Discussion topics

  • What long-term benefits do we see from increased public commitment to open source?
  • What are the impediments to further progress?
  • Why is progress in the adoption of open source systems in the public sector so slow in Sweden?
  • How does the progress in Sweden compare to that in other countries


Monday January 23: Symposium starts at 09:00 (Registration from 08:30)

  • Our invited speakers (from Sweden and abroad) present their experience from open source systems in the public sector.
  • Group discussions on open source systems in the public sector.
  • Panel discussion.
  • Coffee/tea at breaks.

See full programme.


If you have any questions, please contact Anders Telenius at the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics.

E-mail: anders.telenius@nrm.se, Telephone: +46 (0)8 5195 5129


Photo Staffan Waerndt