October 2023 Newsletter

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[OW2 Newsletter - October 2023 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

Recently, the French administration contacted us for an economical study about "digital commons". Their 1st question was about the nature of a "digital common", and how it differs from "open source"... Good question for a quiz?

The economical theory defines four types of goods, depending on "rivalry" (resource subject to scarcity, or not) and "excludability" (access to the resource can be restricted, or not).

A "common" is a rivalrous, non-excludable resource: the classical example being fishery resources (anyone may fish in the ocean, but when fishing goes industrial, the common is at risk of exhaustion - a weak, but real, rivalry).

Open source is not a "common", but a "public good", non-excludable and also non-rivalrous. Whatever the number of people who use an open source software, it remains available!

And what we call "Digital Commons" are often online services open to the public at large: like Open Street Map, but also Google Maps. When too many people use them, they may be exhausted like the fish - with server outages, for example.

Mitigating the risk of exhausting a common generally requires governance (fishing quota are governance), but... some may be tempted by another kind of "governance": privatization, that transforms the common into something else, generally a "club good" limited to paying customers - leading to the so-called "tragedy of the commons".

Happily, the specific nature of digital commons allows to somewhat protect them, because they can rely on public goods: here is the main difference between Google Maps (based on private goods: proprietary software and data) and Open Street Map (based on public goods: open source and open data).

Now, the political nature of open source becomes obvious: the society may opt for resilience and sovereignty (the Open Street Map model), or dependency (the Google Maps world). In the first case, nobody can really close the tap: in the other, when Google or the US government decides, the map vanishes!

Of course, you can count on us to defend not just "digital commons", but "digital commons based on public goods".
But anyone should be aware of the difference, because the devil is in the detail, and sure some will try to profit from ignorance, with "commons washing"!

Now, feel free to come and meet us at some event we participate in, so we might continue the discussion with you: all information you need to find us is enclosed in this newsletter.

Thanking you so much for supporting open source,

Pierre-Yves Gibello


PS: Project leaders: Please use your project dashboard to publish your updates. Your news will appear on our Project Marketplace home page and in this newsletter

Project News

 Project Updates

  • XWiki: version 15.8 has been released bringing better performance thanks to Velocity caching, user experience improvements, continue the work on replacing the old livetable with livedata and adding new customization capabilities for PDF export. More.
  • PrestaShop published the recording of their latest Live Update event. In this edition you will get information about PrestaShop Developer Conference but also about latest PrestaShop releases and finally a demo about developer documentation update. As usual Live Update include a Q&A session. More.
  • AuthzForce: released version 20.3.2 that fixes an issue in permit-unless-deny algorithm. More.
  • GLPI version 10.0.10 is out and now supports PHP 8.3 and MySQL 8.1. This version allows the usage of image in rich text of followups/tasks/solution templates, improves ticket timeline rendering performances and fixes several issues including CVE. Update is strongly recommended! More.
  • Imixs-Workflow: made available a new version of Open-BPMN, a BPMN modeling platform to view, create and maintain BPM models based on the BPMN 2.0 standard. Open BPMN can be run in a web browser or installed on Microsoft VS-Code but more importantly it can be highly customized. More.
  • Rocket.Chat released version 6.4.0 introducing a dashboard for Omnichannel reports, ringer functionality for the mobile app, revamped layout of sidebar for admins and many other improvements (e.g. for better UX) and bug fixes. More.
  • BlueMind: BlueMind published a new article about cyber threats with an overview of the risks but also what you can do to mitigate them. This blog post also covers BlueMind Digital Crisis, a solution to keep your communication tools available when your network has been compromised. More.
  • LemonLDAP::NG: published version 2.17.1 that fixes 2 security issues and 4 bugs. More.
  • ASM: version 9.6 brings the new Opcodes.V22 constant for Java 22 and fixes several bugs. More.

Project of the month


PrestaShop open source eCommerce solution is rapidly expanding. The first PrestaShop Developer Conference is coming to Paris on Nov. 30, see more details below. Check out several PrestaShop success stories and watch the video of the latest one on "Bougies de Charroux". More.

Community News

Lutece Translation Hackaton, starting Oct. 16, online




The Lutece framework is already in use across various administrations. Organized as part of the BlueHats movement, this one-week virtuel event aims at extending the number of available languages. More.

OSPO Alliance and next OnRamp meeting, Oct. 20, online




In the next OnRamp webinar on Oct. 20 at 10:30 AM CEST, Anne-Marie Scott, Board Chair of the Apereo Foundation, will talk about OSPO in the Academic World. More.

Open Research Webinar, Nov. 7 at 4:00PM




Join us for the episode #10 on Nov. 7 at 4PM CET with two project presentations: Cryptpad a collaborative office suite that is end-to-end encrypted and the EU-funded TRISTAN project. Registration is open and free. More.

SFSCON,  Nov. 10-11, Bolzano




The OW2 conference track will showcase 2 projects funded by NGI Search along with an update of the OSPO Alliance. A big thank to our Corporate Member Engineering Group for representing OW2 in the exhibition. More.

NGI Forum, Nov. 15-16, Brussels




OW2 will join NGI Forum 2023 representing NGI Search, and will interact on open, inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable internet. More.

PrestaShop Developer Conference, Nov. 30, Paris




OW2 member PrestaShop organizes its first Developer Conference, allowing developers to follow technical talks, solution demonstrations, and to better understand PrestaShop technology. More.

Open Source Experience, Dec. 6-7, Paris




Visit us booth #H24 and meet with OW2 community members XWiki, WAARP, NGI Search. We still have one pod available, contact us! And check out the large presence of OW2 members in the conferences. More.

OW2 Community Notice




The next meeting of the OW2 Board of Directors will take place on Friday October 13. Learn more about OW2 governance. More.

Job Corner




There is an open position at OW2. We are looking for a collaboration with a freelancer specializing in marketing and/or event management for the organization of OW2 annual conference, June 2024 in Paris. More.

In the OW2 Ecosystem

EclipseCon Europe, Oct. 16-19 , Ludwigsburg




The program of EclipseCon Europe 2023 is now published and registration is open. More.

Capitole du Libre, Nov. 18-19, Toulouse




Capitole du Libre is a weekend dedicated to open source software through around 100 conferences, 25 workshops for experts and the general public. More.

Open Forum Academy Symposium, Nov. 28, Berlin




The OFA Symposium 2023 will bring together an interdisciplinary set of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to explore the transformative power of Open Source Software and Hardware. More.

Contest "Acteurs Du Libre"




Proposed by OW2 Associate Organization "CNLL", this contest is organized in the framework of Open Source Experience where the awards will be given. The deadline to submit has been extended to October 15. More.

Label "Territoires Numériques du Libre"




Proposed by OW2 Associate Organization "Adullact", this label encourages free, open and collaborative digital uses in French local authorities. Deadline: Nov. 10. More.

Conference DevOps Live Paris, Nov. 15-16, Paris




The organizers of DevOps Live Paris, organized in parallel of Cloud Expo Europe, are offering specific exhibition and speaking opportunities to OW2 members. Please contact us if you are interested. More.

In our Research Projects




Receive EU support for your AI Search software through NGI Search cascade funding grants open calls. The Open Call #3 is now closed, next Open Call will open early January 2024. View this webinar and check if you could be eligible.




The beta-testing platform remains open to OW2 members, research projects and SMEs wishing to collect feedback for their latest beta release or use cases. More.



We are currently working with local partners (Belledonne Communication and City of Echirolles) to organize early 2024 a new event in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. More details to come soon.


We are very pleased to announce the dates of the next OW2 annual conference "OW2con'24" : June 11-12, 2024. The CFP will open in December.


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