FOSS4SME's: Open Source Software for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Dr. Brian Keegan from DIT School of Computing was at the recent Kick-Off Meeting of FOSS4SMEs at Atlantis Engineerings HQ in Thessaloniki, Greece.

DIT School of Computing is one of a host of European partners in the upcoming Project who’s objective is to develop a training course (ECVET) and to allow European SMEs improve their competitiveness and performance.


FOSS4SMEs aims to equip European SMEs with the skills and competences to properly use Free and Open Source Software, so to improve their digital performances and competitiveness. To reach this objective, the project intends to develop a free online educational resource for managers and staff of existing SMEs of start – ups, to allow them uptake the open software digital transformation.


Project main outcomes include:

  1. The definition of the ECVET curriculum of FOSS Business users. As a proper European standard on FOSS education for business is missing, the project intends to provide a reference curriculum to allow international recognition of skills and competences at European level, favouring transparency and mobility, in view of a better employability of SMEs staff.

  2. SMEs staff will become familiar with the use of FOSS in their business activities, hosted on a distant learning platform and freely available as open educational resource.

  3. A policy recommendation Report addressed to decision – makers and VET  providers to promote digital migration to FOSS among European SMEs.


The focus of the project will be on Free and Open Software (FOSS) as an alternative solution to proprietary software. The target group is managers and staff working in EU SMEs.


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