Abstract of the presentation
CALIBRE and CALIBRATION: Co-ordinating European OSS Research and Policy Making The presentation outlines the role of the EU FP6 project CALIBRE (Co-ordination Action for Libre Software Engineering) in co-ordinating European OSS research and creating a European industry OSS research policy forum (CALIBRATION). The key goals and purposes of CALIBRE are detailed. Findings from a brainstorming session held with industrial representatives in The Hague on the 19th of November 2004 are presented, providing an industry perspective on the role of OSS in the European secondary software sector. These insights are summarized in the formulation of key factors involved in creating what we refer to as "Open Source Software, Inc." With this backdrop, the potential role of CALIBRATION in and beyond the European OSS policy process is discussed.
Pär J Ågerfalk is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Software Research at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he acts as deputy coordinator and scientific manager of the EU FP6 project CALIBRE (Co-ordination Action for Libre Software Engineering). He received his PhD in Information Systems Development from Linköping University, Sweden, in April 2003. Dr Ågerfalk has published more than 30 research papers in journals such as Information and Software Technology and at conferences such as the European Conference on Information Systems. His current research centres on open source software development in the secondary software sector, globally distributed and agile/flexible software development methods, and how information systems development approaches can be informed by language/action theory.