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As previously announced, the Competence center for software engineering in open systems has been officially opened on May, 6th, 2009. at the DORS/CLUC conference in Zagreb. This center currently gathers partners from academia, organizations and government bodies. The conference, opening of the Center and the discussion were covered by eminent Croatian IT magazine BUG and public Croatian television HRT.

As an integral part of the opening of the Center, a round-table discussion entitled Open software engineering was held on the Wednesday 6th. In the introductory part of the event, an ambiguity in the term Open software engineering was addressed and key factors necessary for acceptance and widespread adoption of open systems were defined (awareness, knowledge, models, collaboration, research and standardization). During the fruitful and competent discussion that lasted more than 90 minutes, participants from various interest groups (industry, education, research, user groups etc.) presented their views of the current state and the role of open systems, open source software, actors and range of activities necessary for achieving key adoption factors. During the discussion, special interest was dedicated to the newly established competence center and its role in promoting the use of open standards, technologies and systems, but also to their role in the creation of new software products as a comparative and competitive advantage in the global ICT market.

Find out more about the Center at http://centar.open.hr. Some pictures from these events can be found below.


The posters at FER attracted many interested people to attend the events


FER's Vice-dean for science at the opening of the conference and center



Project partners representatives (from left to right): Kristijan Zimmer (HrOpen), Mario Žagar (FER), Fjodor Ružić (e-Croatia)



The constructive discussion at the round table, led by Igor Čavrak