[Grok-dev] Help raise Open Source visibility in the government area

Godefroid Chapelle gotcha at bubblenet.be
Fri Sep 7 03:30:26 EDT 2007


( If you have already received this email and have voted, thank you ! )
( If you have not voted, and wanted to, this is a nice reminder. )
( If you do not wish to vote, sorry for the noise. )

Please take 10 minutes to help raise open source profile in the
government area by voting for the PloneGov project at the european egov

See below what PloneGov is and why you could vote to support open source
even if you do not use Plone.

Anyone from any country can vote, you don't have to live in the EU.
And please vote *now*, the deadline is almost upon us **SEPTEMBER 7** —
you are likely to forget if you don't set aside 10 minutes now.

This process is unfortunately a bit involved — since
we're dealing with governments — but shouldn't take longer than 10
minutes to complete. Step-by-step:

1. Go to http://www.epractice.eu/register

2. Wait for the email confirmation and log in.

3. Fill out your profile:
    (If you don't want to provide professional info, we suggest you add
"I just want to vote" in the required fields)

4. Vote for PloneGov by clicking here:


More information below, if you're interested in what PloneGov is.


What is PloneGov?

PloneGov aims to create a collaborative software ecosystem where
governmental organizations work together, in close relationship with
SMEs, to share the cost of software development and enhanced
capabilities. This new initiative started by small towns now reaches
all levels of public administration and spans over 13 countries on 3

Your vote for the "Most innovative good practice" award is a unique
opportunity to reach politicians and decision makers. Winning this
award will highlight the maturity achieved by the Open Source
collaborative model as a pragmatic way to tackle IT challenges in
society. You may vote until Friday, September 7th.

The Public Sector has an important influence on many sectors of
society. A wider Open Source acceptance in this field is strategic to
all Open Source users and advocates. Users in sectors such as
Education, NGOs and businesses would directly benefit from broader
adoption. It would result in a growing pool of available software,
tools, and developers.

Beyond the practical example of PloneGov, your vote contributes to
support Open Source values that are based on collaboration, openness
and fair trade. It is an opportunity to support Open Source as an
innovative model of IT development in which the Public Sector, NGOs
and Education can work together and all of society will benefit.

Godefroid Chapelle (aka __gotcha)- BubbleNet  http://bubblenet.be

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