Strategic roadmap


The FOSS WG is committed to the sustainable development of the FOSS ecosystem in the Paris region. We adopted the following lines of action:

  • Stimulate and animate the FOSS ecosystem : create connections between members and facilitate partnership and experience sharing through various means: membership directory, newsletters, meetings, conferences (Open Source Innovation Spring, Paris Open Source Summit), business meet-ups etc.
  • Foster innovative free and open source projects : assist the ecosystem members in launching, structuring, and search funds for collaborative R&D projects that will have a positive economic impact (employment, investment, business creation, growth…), around great challenges, described in the group’s roadmap: post-PC issues (cloud, mobiles, tablets, the Internet of Things…), software quality and big data.
  • Support the growth of free and open source software industry players : provide assistance in questions of strategy, marketing, recruitment, funding, and access to market.
  • Think tank : push forward the reflection on the foundations of free and open source software, lead discussions on technical as well as economic, legal and societal aspects,  notably in the context of the IRILL (Initiative pour la Recherche et l'Innovation sur le Logiciel Libre, Center  for  Research and Innovation  on  Free Software), the Open Source Innovation Spring, the Paris Open Source Summit, the CNLL (le Conseil National du Logiciel Libre, National Council of the Free Software) etc. The FOSS WG published white papers on Software Quality, FOSS Business Models and FOSS Legal Aspects (see Livrets bleus du GTLL).


The FOSS WG stands as an authoritative and audible organization, entitled to bring up free software as an alternative for companies, administrations, policy makers, and establishments that may form future FOSS talents, the media, etc. Thus we promote free software and its plyers.


Technological challenges and roadmap (since 2013)

The Post-PC era: Internet of Things, cloud, mobility, and Web 3.0

  • Operating systems, middleware, and development tools for communicating devices

  • Ubiquitous computing – web technologies, Internet of Things

  • IoT and mobility-related protocols

  • Cloud computing (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Web API, resilience…)


Big data: intelligent processing and massive storage

  • Massive storage (new database paradigms)

  • Paradigms for massive processing of data: hybrid learning algorithms, MapReduce, clustering techniques, distributed algorithms on graphs, domain-specific languages, etc.

  • Parallel or real-time processing of massive amounts of data, accelerated computing (graphic cards, etc.)

  • Open Data and Linked Open Data (Semantic Web)

  • Data visualization


Software quality

  • Specification, verification, proof of software systems (safety and security properties)

  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis (quality audit, code traceability)

  • Static analysis of concurrent programs

  • Reliability of accelerated computing 

  • Tools for simulation, integration, and automation of heterogeneous components

  • Agile methods, DevOps


[Related to other challenges: cloud, resilience, mobility]

[Synergy with the Digital Trust and Security Working Group] 


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The context and the challenges in 2009

The notes below summarize the situation and the major technology orientations of the WG back in 2009, as they were presented during the Annual Convention of the Systematic cluster in June 2009.


  • Pursue the growth of FOSS

- Free and open source software’s faster development as opposed to proprietary software

- Proprietary software: 7.2% of annual growth in 2009-2011 (market of $ 123 bn in 2011)

- Free and open source software: 24.3% of annual growth in 2009-2011 (market of $ 46 bn in 2011)


  • Market of € 1.5 bn in France in 2009


  • Open Source in companies

- Open Cloud (open-source perspective on cloud computing)

- Security

- Components and services for enterprise computing (ERP, CRM, ECM, etc.)


  • Open Source in Industry

- FOSS components and tools for embedded systems (example: automotive industry)

- Significant / important impact on the access of  SME to the embedded systems market


  • Open Source in Administration / Government

- Education and health

- E-Government, digital transactions and documents


  • Open Source for mainstream products and services

- Web 2.0, Web 3.0, P2P

- Model and tools of collaborative development for the Ultra Mobile Devices (UMD)

- Mobility in the broad sense

- Games

- Human-Computer Interaction (for instance, tactile, 3D or semi-3D) for mainstream / general public products


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