Free New Service Targets Organizations Considering Open Source For The First Time
The Open Source Consortium, (OSC) the independent voice of the Open Source community in Europe has announced a free guidance service to help organizations considering Open Source technology for the first time.
The service which will be piloted in the UK is intended to provide first line information on where to look for a suitable solution and where to source independent expert advice on areas such as legal issues, insurance, support and training. It is planned that the service will be extended to France and Germany towards the end of the year if the UK model proves successful.
Those seeking information will initially be able to contact the OSC on-line at www.opensourceconsortium.org/guidance
A telephone help line is planned to start from the end of March.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Mark Taylor, Executive Director of the OSC said, “The new service is aimed at supporting those organizations who are interested in learning more about Open Source technology but unsure of who to approach in the first instance. If we can make that process easier then we are delighted. The pilot scheme and the European roll out approach is a matter of resource, being a relatively new organization, but our expectation is that this will ultimately become the first port of call for anyone seeking an introduction to Open Source.
“ People searching Open Source on the web are typically faced with high level debates on issues such as European Patents or promotional sites for commercial enterprises. However, much of the initial interest is for relatively straightforward and independent guidance and in this respect the new service fills a vital gap in the market.”
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