Prior information of a study on the impact of free/open source software on the EU ICT sector

July 9, 2004

Brussels, 08 Jul 2004

The European Commission's Enterprise Directorate-General has given prior information of a call for tenders for a study on the impact of free/open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector in the EU.

The study should analyse the economic impact of free and open source software (F/OSS) on the structure and dynamics of the ICT sector in Europe, as well as in the overall economy. The study should first draw the current picture with regards to the market share of F/OSS in the global and European software market. It should then analyse the economic impact of the projected deployment of F/OSS in the ICT producing sector in Europe.

Moreover, it should analyse the dynamics and the innovation potential that the proliferation pf F/OSS could bring about in the European economy (including in the IT producing and using sectors, and society overall); the study should project the prospects for F/OSS in the short and long-term future, should describe different scenarios and identify relevant policy challenges. In this respect, it should seek for relevant competitive advantages of the European IT sector in this field, and should explore how such advantages could be further leveraged.

The estimated total budget for the study is 350 000 euro.

For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Enterprise
Directorate for services, commerce, tourism, e-business & IDA
Unit for e-business - ICT industries and services
Dana Eleftheriadou
Principal Administrator
rue de la Science
Office 1/0
B-1049 Brussels
Tel +32-2-299-0256
Fax +32-2-296-7019

To see the full details of the call, please consult the following web address: ST=Seek-Deliver&LANGUAGE=en&DOCI D=110974-2004
Remarks: Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the reference below.

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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