Joinup, the collaboration platform created by the European Commission, had recently focused on the Dortmund plan for the use of open source software within administrations.
The 2019 report on the potential of open source software
In 2019, the city’s Open Source Working Group published a report on the potential of open source software and open standards. This document establishes the steps that must be taken to create a network of municipalities that can use this type of program.
The report provides for the creation of a catalog with all the software used and best practice used by the German municipalities. Training courses for city civil servants are also planned.
The 2020 relationship with the progress of the work
In January 2020, a new report was published showing the progress of the work and outlining the next steps to be taken, including the organization of events for professionals and citizens.
The role of citizens and associations
In this project the role of citizens and associations is very important. In Dortmund many people have contributed to the development of an open source strategy for the city.
A municipal conference on open government is planned in 2022 to promote the use of these technologies at municipal and national level.