PROSE - Promoting open source projects in European Projects
The open source projects Europe platform is targeting users that want to:
- Promote the use of FLOSS in their EU project,
- Access free software collaboration tools,
- Want visibility of their projects software results.
Open source projects Europe offers unique features to EC research projects hosting both open and closed parts of projects in its operating structure. This is to cater for the large number of EC ICT projects have parts of their project which are essentially private to the originating project consortium and also parts that are shared, open collaborative areas for their wider community.
The OSP Europe platform has been enhanced in order to give users metrics data so that users can get insights into the software contributions and effort given to a project over time. It can also highlight important ongoing trends for the number of contributions and developers for your project.
The OSSEVAL tool for FLOSS evaluation has also been added to the platform. This facilitates procurement and evaluation by third parties, and is a unique technical feature of the OSP Europe platform. It also qualifies and selects open source software demand, evaluating open source specific metrics, ranging from the sustainability of its community to the ease to contribute to the code.
SOS Open Source methodology provides tools useful for determining the risk associated with the usage of specific open source software components. The analysis returns a set of open source candidates that are robust (stable, mature and backed by a viable community), supported (either by a community or vendors) and grant evolvability (readable and maintainable code).
Finally a unique value proposition that the OSP Europe platform has is access to business experts and legal experts in the area of open source software. This can provide mentorship to software developers on the pitfalls of using and distributing open source software.