In October 2020, the European Commission approved its new Open Source Software Strategy 2020-2023, a part of the overarching Digital Strategy Of The Commission and contributing to the Digital Europe programme. The internal strategy is called ‘’Think Open’’, and sets out a vision for encouraging and leveraging the transformative, innovative, and collaborative power of open source. It promotes the sharing and reuse of software solutions, knowledge and expertise, in order to deliver not only better European services, but services that benefit society and have lower economic cost. The aim of the strategy is to increase the use of Open Source in both practical and strategic sectors, while recognising the importance of collaboration between governments, researchers, industry, and the public at large for building new, innovative digital solutions that work across borders and towards technological sovereignty.
Thinking Open at BigDataStack
For the benefit of the BigDataStack project, the strategy is well aligned with its principles as the collaboration across the Commission, with Member States, companies and the public at large for building new, innovative digital solutions that work across borders and towards technological sovereignty is key. This openness and collaboration is very much in line with the European Commission's Goals For A Digital Europe and, in this particular case, for Open Source Software.
During the final BigDataStack event at the EBDVF 2020 we asked Ray Walshe, lead of the BDV Task Force on standardisation, about “Think Open” and how important Open Source Solutions are in Big Data analytics? Watch the recordings of his answer: