Enterpise open source solutions can show up in some unusual places. For example, take this blog item from Roberto Galoppini’s Commercial Open Source Software:
I just got back from Sarajevo, where I participated as speaker to an advanced course in web communications in the Public Administration. The course, aimed at public operators from Bosnia-Herzegovina, was designed to be an in-depth analysis on the use of Open Source in Public Administrations.
Galoppini’s seminar is part of “Project: BALKAN AREA 2 – Development and Strengthening of Local and Central Public Administrations“
“The project “Balkans 2 – Development and Strengthening central and local PA in the Balkan Region” is aimed to 6 Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro) and continues the activities already started up and partly developed with the Balkans 1 project which was held from November 3rd to December 31st 2004. This is an integrated project of “Institutional and Capacity Building” aimed to civil servants and executives from central and local Balkan administrations, divided into diverse activities of technical assistance, classroom and on-the-job training, information and communications …”
Given the history in the region, it’s no surprise improved communications among public administrators might be considered an important undertaking. What better way to create a more open society than by using open source solutions?