FLOSS plays an increasingly important role in the evolution of digital trades. Many companies and administrations integrate technologies from this innovative model of development. But, how many have the skills to handle them ? How to promote our software and services industry development ?

Let’s go beyond economic and industrial aspects investigating about FLOSS role on digital citizen education. Meet us  october 12th at the Open World Forum to answer all these questions.


Think tank
Education Job and FLOSS

Free software plays an ever increasing role in the evolution of digital technology jobs. Indeed, programming languages, content management systems, and the infrastructure itself are increasingly dominated by technologies implemented as free software. Today, 43% of French companies use free software (Insee, 2012). This sector of the economy is growing fast, more than 30%, reaching 2 billion euros in 2011 (PAC, 2011). The market’s evolution towards cloud computing directly contributes to this trend and reinforces free software development models: cloudstack, openstack, opennebula are the best examples.

These changes rely on competent professionals, pushing for necessary evolution in education and training. They also push for more fundamental reinvention of education for the citizens of the digital age.

The « Education, job & Floss » Think Tank brings education and training professionals together. It aims to explore new ideas, and also to propose concrete ways for a greater presence of free software in education, from primary school to college, extending to continuing education and training.


The role of free software in education

Free software may play several roles in education. It can be a tool to facilitate the work of teachers, it can directly support teaching practices and material, and it can be the subject of courses and exercises in computer science or engineering. These different aspects are fueling ongoing reflection in the Think Tank and will motivate the discussions during a dedicated session, on October 12, 2012. We will also study the economic models for free software in education.



From 11 am to 12.30 pm : Free software, culture, and teaching informatics (in French)

This school year of 2012-2013, a new specialty called “Informatics and digital sciences” (Informatique et sciences du numérique, ISN) has been opened for students in their final year of high school (Terminale S). The educational and societal issues of teaching computer science at school are tied with the students access to the necessary scientific and technical background to understand to the world of the twenty-first century. These issues are important for the general welfare, and the free and open source movement naturally supports the public interest. There is a strong convergence between its values, its philosophy, the link between opening the code and teaching computer programming, information theory, computer architecture and networks. What role for FOSS in ISN?

Animateur : Jean-Pierre Archambault – Président de l’association EPI, Enseignement Public et Informatique
Intervenants :

  • Laurent Bloch –  DSI à l’Université Paris Dauphine
  • Benjamin Nguyen – maître de conférences à l’Université de St-Quentin-en-Yvelines
  • Laurent Chéno - Inspecteur général de l’Education Nationale


From 2 pm to 4.30 pm  – Open education material and its economic models

There are numerous and diverse sources of free and open education material: tools to prepare or to support courses, tools to manage computer resources, digital workbenches, digital work environments, associative web sites and portals, text books… We will review some of these and their successful economic models.

Animateur : Jean-Pierre Archambault – Président de l’association EPI, Enseignement Public et Informatique

Intervenants :

  • François Bocquet (Sankoré, chargé de cours à l’Université Lyon2)
  • Sébastien Hache (Fondateur de Sésamath)
  • Hubert Hoeltzel (Directeur de Cap-Tic)
  • Alexis Kauffmann (Président-fondateur de Framasoft)
  • Mathieu Merdy (Milliweb)
  • Jean-François Tissoires (CRDP de Lyon)

From education to continuing education

Free software tends to dominate the development model and practices in a large number of technical areas. The strong and fast-paced growth of this sector and its percolation within the digital enterprise require specific actions to reinforce the competences of IT professionals. This is not specific to continuing education, but it is important to continuing education needs to adapt and to support this important innovation area, helping the development of tomorrow’s digital economy.






From 11 am to 12.30 pm : Continuing education and free software: what solutions foe the digital enterprise? (in French)

Management skills in Floss is not limited to specialized companies. This roundtable will be an opportunity to make an inventory of direct employment in the free software from the pure player but also indirect jobs resulting from the use of these technologies in information systems. We will examine the impact of these technologies on business in a digital approach looking jobs and skills related training.
In the introduction, restitution of the study by Philippe Montargès Ploss, Chair of Ploss, responsible for training within the working group open source Syntec

  • Yves Miezan Ezo – Founder / CEO at Inno ³ – Smile Training Manager – Secretary of Club for Men and Women Affairs Free Africa (CHALA)
  • Loïc Dachary – Board Member at Upstream University
  • David Duquenne- CEO at Open Wide Technologies
  • Jonathan Le Lous - Innovation Manager (CSO) and Libre Académie head (internat training) at Alter Way – Board member of April



From 2 pm to 4.30 pm : Worldwide Floss university programs - Dublin Room

In France in 2012, one can only count a handful of education programs dedicated to free software and to their organization models. Most of these are the result of personal initatives of motivated teachers. The scenario is more or less the same in other countries.
Nevertheless, free and open source technologies have made a massive impact on the professional world. It is necessary to adapt the curricula to answer the needs of the market.
During this roundtable, teachers from Europe and Canada will talk about their experiences in teaching free software, sharing their methodologies and approaches.
The goal is to enable a discussion and exchange of good practices, to motivate the creation of more and more visible education programs dedicated to FLOSS technologies.

Participants :

  • Renzo Davoli — Associate professor of computer science at the University of Bologna
  • Roberto Di Cosmo –  Director at IRILL
  • Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona –  Professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
  • Chris Tyler –  Industrial Research Chair, Open Source Technology Emerging Platforms at Seneca CDOT
  • Abel Caine,  Open Educational Resources, Unesco



The free employment charter: “for sustainable free software employment”

The charter is endorsed by the professionnal associations CNLL and PLOSS.

It aims to guarantee good employment practices in companies working on free software: free work environment, favorable job conditions, support to educational programs dedicated to these technologies. It also aims to facilitate the contact between young graduates and professionals looking for a job in the free software sector, and to know the companies with an effective engagement towards the community.


The free software movement is involved in broad challenges. Higher education plays a fundamental role because it is directly responsible for the education and training of todays and tomorrows professionals. Our mapping projet aims to better identify and to provide greater exposure to the programs offering free software education, and also to the programs relying on free software as educational and pedagogical tools.