“Nancy recognises the value of free software for public services,” says Etienne Gonnu, public affairs officer at April, France’s main free software advocacy organisation, and one of the jury members. Speaking to OSOR, Mr Gonnu explained that the city is a fine example of how to introduce public service employees to free software. “The city focuses these discussions on the needs of their citizens and employees, and then shows how free software is the perfect fit.” Using this approach, the city has managed to increase the use of free software in all parts of its IT infrastructure, Mr Gonnu says.
The city often reaches out to the free software community, organising meetings such as ‘Libre sur la place’. These meeting bring together local politicians, public service employees, citizens and representatives of free software communities.
France’s public services are focusing increasingly on the importance of free and open source software, Pascal Kuczynski, director of Adullact - the organisation behind the Territoire Numérique Libre award - told CIO, an IT trade publication.
The city of Nancy is France’s best example of public services that encourage the use of free, open and collaborative digital technology. The city was awarded the status of Territoire Numérique Libre niveau 5 (“digital free territory 5” – the highest level) during a ceremony at the Congrès des Maires de France, which took place in Paris on...