The Open Source Consortium represents companies and individuals that deliver solutions and advice based on Open Standards and Free & Open Source Software.

We serve our members as a trade association, giving members greater influence than they could achieve alone, by providing a collective voice to government and other public bodies.

We serve our members' clients by providing access to independent expertise in Free & Open Source companies.

We campaign ceaselessly for the use of Open Standards in all aspects of public and commercial life, promoting the unique advantages of Free & Open Source Software.

We welcome anyone that supports our aims. Why not become a member?


Hadoop ecosystem

London, 1 May 2013


A presentation by OSC member Shashin Shah

Discover and appreciate the rising importance and prominence of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem in the Big Data space.

Learn about the history of Hadoop, what business challenges it solves and why it has such widespread adoption.


An Introduction to FPGA Programming

London, 20-21 April 2013


Organised by OSC member embecosm

A two day introductory workshop on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) aimed at complete beginners with no prior experience of hardware description languages (HDL) and FPGA workflows.

All original materials used in the workshop will be made available under open licences and published to GitHub.

Free FPGA development systems will be given to the first five teachers that both register and complete the workshop.


Open Source Hardware User Group Meeting

London, 18 April 2013, 6pm


This event is organised by our friends the Open Source Hardware Group

The second meeting of 2013 marking their third anniversary will feature a talk on writing embedded firmware and a panel discussion that will explore the future of open source hardware. Topics:

  • Writing firmware for the AVR: A Morse Code Beacon
  • Panel discussion: The Future of Open Source Hardware


Open Source, Open Standards 2013

Thursday 18 April, London

We are pleased to be supporting Open Source, Open Standards 2013, the leading summit exploring how to take full advantage of open technology solutions across the public sector, from delivering innovative and open IT services to driving savings.


  • Open Source across government and the End User Device strategy
  • Guidance on Open Source security
  • The importance of Open Standards and interoperability
  • Open Source and the future of Digital Government
  • Implementing Open Source in Healthcare
  • Meeting the 7 Open Standards principles for procurement
  • Implementation of a council wide Open Source strategy

Govt consultation on an information economy strategy

On 7 February 2013 The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) opened a call for evidence on an Information Economy strategy. The working description is:

the part of the economy where digital technologies and information combine to drive productivity and create new growth opportunities across the whole economy

Our full response is available below, however in summary: we consider that in the same way that Cabinet Office failed in its open standards consultation to consider the consequences for the rest of the economy arising from its plans to make public services digital by default:

Overall we find the consultation to be poorly framed and fails to identify [...] the interacting nature of its policy choices and account for their effects.

Here there is a similar failure to consider the interaction of the information economy strategy with online public services, specifically, the risk that poorly implemented Information Economy strategy will interact badly with the implementation of online public services, creating further blocks rather than enablers.

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