OS Standards

Open standards and industrial use for Open Source:

Leveraging the sustainability of Open Source projects and increasing competition and interoperability between different steps in value-chains

Workshop within the framework of the Open Source Workshops for Computing and Sustainability event

Albert Borschette Conference Center, Brussels: 02 December 2022

Workshop time: 14:30-16:00 CET | Room 0A

Workshop Description

Company policies towards open source embrace the use of and contribution to software that is crucial for its products. Raising awareness of Open Source possibilities has been identified as an effective policy for increasing economic growth. Open Source assets facilitate making an efficient use of resources and increase industrial competitiveness. Together with standards they are embedded in nearly all electronic devices we use in our daily lives. Computers, TVs, electrical appliances, phones, cars are using millions of lines of code from projects initially started by hundreds of volunteer developers and shared with all. Also, many OS projects implement open standards. Software-related standards that encourage OS implementations facilitate the achievement of industrial targets. Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) and Open Source software development initiatives collaborate in many practical ways to obtain the best of both worlds. The session will analyse the issues to ensure an efficient uptake of Open Source and standards by the industry. In particular, the needs for extending of that OS stack below the kernel for an Open Computing Architecture will be analysed.




John Favaro

John Favaro (TRUST-IT)

John Favaro is a senior research analyst at Trust-IT Services, which is coordinating the StandICT.eu project. He has been involved in numerous European projects including SWForum.eu, which collaborated with the Commission in organizing the OSS Event in Brussels in December 2022. Over his career in software engineering, he has also been involved in standardization groups, most recently in the automotive functional safety area. He is an Associate Editor and member of the advisory group of IEEE Software, and graduated from Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley in computer science.





Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps (Meshed Insights)

Now Director of Standards and EU Policy for OSI, Simon was previously its Board President and before that ran one of industry’s first major OSPOs. He has worked in open standards since 1988 and in open source since 2000. He is inventor of five patents and author of books, papers and articles on open source.



Michael Plagge

Michael Plagge (ECLIPSE Foundation)

Michael Plagge joined the Eclipse Foundation in 2021 as Director Ecosystem Development. In a previous life he started his career as software developer in the area of automotive software before he changed to the dark side of business development. Here he held various business development positions in companies like Elektrobit, Alibaba and Alibaba Cloud and spent 3 years as General Manager Elektrobit Automotive (Shanghai) Ltd. in China. 



Luca Aloatti

Luca Alloatti (Free Silicon Foundation)

Luca Alloatti received the M.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Pisa, the “Diploma di Licenza” from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In 2013 he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he demonstrated the first microprocessor with optical interconnects. During 2017-2020 he led an electronic-photonic integration research group at ETH-Zurich. He is now the president of the Free Silicon Foundation (https://f-si.org) promoting free/libre and open-source EDA tools and hardware, and he works on an EU Coordination and Support Action (CSA) for open-source hardware (https://wiki.f-si.org/index.php/Horizon_2021_Coordination_and_Support_Action_(CSA)_proposal ). 



Clara Pezuela

Clara Pezuela (FIWARE Foundation)

Clara Pezuela has a degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. She has 23 years’ experience in research for digital technologies domain mostly through European research and innovation projects. Currently, she is Vice President Funded Programs at FIWARE Foundation. Her main responsibilities now are the monitoring of funded projects, the new research projects scanning and the engagement of the foundation with European institutions and initiatives. Master in Innovation Management and GOLD for Business Leaders, she has high level skills in innovation and technology transfer from research to business and society. Technically, she has an advance level of knowledge in services architectures, cloud/edge computing, digital platforms, IoT and data spaces. Additionally, she has a high level of knowledge in Open Source licensing, delivery and processes. She was President of the Spanish Technology Platform for digital technologies during nine years. 



Alex Sander

Alexander Sander (Senior Policy Consultant, Free Software Foundation Europe)

Alexander has been an MEP Assistant in Brussels and the General Manager of Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. in Berlin. Furthermore he is the founder of NoPNR! and member of several advisory boards.