(initially published on https://www.fdl-lef.org/FDL-Document.Blog.Free.Software.Publisher.Spotlight)
"Free Software Publisher Spotlight" is a series of events organised in collaboration with the Libre Endowment Fund, the CNLL and in partnership with Cap Digital. It aims to raise awareness for European Free Software Publishers, their core competencies, their contribution to software technology and existing means to fund R&D of Free Software through available tax cuts and incentives.
The inaugural event will take place on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 between 18:00-21:00 in the auditorium of Cap Digital in Paris (map).
Each event introduces successes of five software publishers in order to underline their expertise in specific technological fields, their R&D investments or their ability to successfully deliver mission-critical applications for industry, government and academia.
A significant share - if not the majority - of Free Software is driven and developed within organised entities with paid employee: Free Software Publishers.
Free Software Publishers can take different structures: corporation, foundation, etc. They share common characteristics: owning source code, defining software roadmap, taking legal responsibility and funding research & development. Free Software Publishers are often small entities driven by a small group of software authors, with or without the assistance of a community of punctual contributors. According to Brian Prentice (Gartner), communities are often non-existent in the case of enterprise applications, making the publisher indispensable to ensure long term sustainability.
Most Free Software Publishers in the world are self-financed organisations located in Europe. Their technology portfolio is much wider than Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft (GAFAM). However, due to their philosophy of publishing free and transparent solutions geneally taking precedence over marketing and asset monetization, European Free Software Publishers remain largely unknown to decision-makers who are only aware of startups funded by venture capital with questionable profitability.
Entrance to the event is free of charge. Registration is mandatory (tickets can be requested here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-software-publisher-spotlight-tickets-76284963379)
A directory of Free Software Publishers and commercial success cases is updated and maintained after each event. More than 100 Free Software Publishers and 500 success cases are already listed by Libre Endowment Fund.
The series also tries to bring together leading Free Software Publishers with industry and public administration decision makers. It aims to present a platform for exchange and growing a network based on participants' respective capacities and technical interests facilitating cooperation and potential future projects that include initiatives for joint national and European R&D projects under the aegis of Cap Digital or feature-based evolution and maintenance of specific Free software solutions through the Libre Endowment Fund (FDL).
Speakers who represent Free Software Publishers are welcome to propose talks about success cases. Conditions to present a talk are:
For further information, please reach out to: contact (at) fdl-lef.org