Important Research Venture at the University of Skövde within the Area of Open Source
The research environment INFINIT at the University of Skövde is being strengthened by means of a new drive in the area of Open Source. The research project LIM-IT is a four year venture made possible through efforts by the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) as well as by participating businesses and involve experts from partners, and researchers within software development, Open Source, organisational theory and intellectual property law.
Representatives of partners at the project workshop on 26 October 2016.
Sitting down, from left to right: Björn Lundell (University of Skövde), Jonas Feist (RedBridge AB), Stefan Tengblad (University of Skövde), Jonas Gamalielsson (University of Skövde), Gert Johansson (Combitech AB), Krister Johannesson (University of Skövde). Standing up, from left to right: Erik Lönroth (Scania IT AB), Tomas Gustavsson (PrimeKey Solutions AB), Elin Andersson (Saab AB – ICT), Niklas Rickö (JAK), Johan Sjöberg (Findwise AB), Bahram Hooshyar Yousefi (University of Skövde), Thomas Fischer (University of Skövde), Anders Mattsson (Husqvarna AB), Bengt Rodung (Findwise AB), Conny Backlund (Combitech AB), Johan Oppmark (JAK).
Open Source, or open source software as it is also called, is software whose source code is made accessible to everyone, to use, change, improve, copy, distribute and develop, often in an open community where individuals and organisations contribute to realising the visions and goals of the project.
Today almost all leading businesses use a considerable amount of Open Source, sometimes as a part of a greater IT-system. During the past decade the use of Open Source has increased gradually and many organisations today see strategic benefits connected to engaging in various projects. In spite of this there seems to be limited knowledge regarding the management and work practices that are used when different companies become involved in a project that develops strategically important open source software. It is therefore of the essence to continue to expand our knowledge about efficient management and suitable work practices in regard to how Open Source can be developed in order to strengthen the capabilities of both individuals and businesses as pertains to working strategically with innovations and future IT-solutions.
A National Leader within Open Source Research
The University of Skövde has solid experience within the pertinent area of research and has for many decades conducted internationally renowned research into various aspects of Open Source as well as into the three fundamental challenges: systems lock-in, interoperability, and demands regarding the handling of software and data over an extensive period of time.
- I see LIM-IT as an important venture where the University of Skövde already has a leading position and with this drive we can now move forward yet again, both nationally and internationally, says Anne Persson, programme manager of the research environment INFINIT.
The research project LIM-IT includes partners from different lines of trade who all see strategic benefits in strengthening competency in regard to how businesses can develop and apply good work procedures in order to achieve long-term strategic benefits through participation in open collaborative projects.
- It is our hope that we by means of this venture will end up strengthening both the University as an academic environment within the field as well as all of the innovative organisations all over Sweden who use Open Source, says Urban Wass, chairperson of the board of governors at the University of Skövde.
There is also strong international support for the LIM-IT project from several leading authorities behind Open Source, including the Open Source Initiative (OSI) whose members are the stewards of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognised body for reviewing and approving licenses such as OSD-conformant:
- We were very interested to learn that the LIM-IT project addresses three important challenges for those working within the open source software community: vendor and/or systems lock-in, interoperability, and long-term maintenance. Indeed, the OSI has long recognized that meeting these challenges is critical to the success of any public or private sector organization, says Patrick Masson, General Manager & Director, Open Source Initiative.