NOSS - Nordic OSS Researchers Network


European government and commercial organisations are increasingly considering the potential benefits of Open Source software (OSS) and open standards. Their motivation is variously to reduce costs, increase transparency and improve sustainability. It is therefore not surprising that a number of European initiatives have been launched related to these ideas. The Nordic countries were heavily influential in the early phases of the development of the OSS phenomenon, with Linux and MySQL standing as major success stories of the principles of open development. With the advent of so-called Professional Open Source, there has been a resurgence of business and international-level research activity within the Nordic countries. The fifth international conference on Open Source systems is to be held in Sweden in 2009. A special event has been organised at that conference to bring together Nordic researchers to discuss a collaborative agenda for research and training in OSS. This bid for support signifies the importance given by the groups involved to developing a specifically Nordic agenda in OSS.


The aims of the groups are clear. The first is to further enhance interdisciplinary input to the research of each group. This will have a dual purpose of enhancing the doctoral training experience for students working in the OSS area; and of providing a means for the groups to further their research interests through greater interaction within the network. The second is to evolve a Nordic perspective on developments in OSS, both with respect to research findings and with respect to the uptake of OSS within the Nordic economies. There are many potential inhibitors to adopting OSS, and a deep appreciation of the regulatory and cultural context is essential. This is why a specifically Nordic perspective is important, emphasising the opportunities afforded by commonalities between the countries represented. The third is to establish a forum within which to consider potential and actual opportunities for further collaboration, and in particular actively monitor relevant calls for research proposals. Our target is: to boost inter-group activity by increasing the number of joint publications and research applications; to increase the profile of OSS within Nordic companies; to develop the basis for ongoing PhD consortia in OSS; and to represent the Nordic perspective at OSS conferences and workshops.

Network coordinator and contact: Dr Björn Lundell, University of Skövde, Sweden



Group: University of Skövde, Sweden

Group leader: Dr Björn Lundell, Chairman of Open Source Sweden and founding member of IFIP WG 2.13 (open source software)

Group overview:
The Skövde group has been researching the Open Source phenomenon for a number of years. The first major work within this area was within the EU FP6 CALIBRE project (2004-2006), when work focussed on development processes. Dr. Lundell jointly led the relevant work package. This was followed by a number of research projects, including the industrial (ITEA) research projects COSI (2005-2008) and OPEES (2009-2011).

Group: Uppsala University, Sweden

Group leader: Professor Pär Ågerfalk, Chair in Computer Science in Intersection with Social Sciences, Chairman of NITA and Secretary of IFIP WG 2.13 (open source software)

Group overview:
The research team at Uppsala University, Department of Information Science, is led by Prof Pär J. Ågerfalk, formerly of Lero The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. The research focuses on commercial involvement in open source projects, the use of open principles in other forms of knowledge intensive work and innovation processes, and information infrastructure and modelling. Current studies include the use of community-based open principles for knowledge management and internal communication in a large corporation and the analysis of value streams in hybrid commercial/community OSS projects. The research is carried out in close collaboration with the Swedish IT-User Centre (NITA), which is well known for its work on open innovation processes.

Group: Helsinki School of Economics, Finland

Group leader: Professor Matti Rossi, Chair in Information Systems Science

Group overview:
Helsinki School of Economics Open Source Research Group is a spin-off and continuation of the research effort of the successful ITEA-COSI research project. Originally launched in 2005 and organizationally based in the HSE's Information Systems Science, group focuses research efforts to understand the technical, cultural and organizational implications of the increased open source licensed code in commercial context. Our work is influenced by the multidisciplinary Scandinavian Information Systems research approach and strong links to the industry. Specific research areas are related to software development change, organizational change and business models. Geographically the group is located to the city where not only Linux was coded, but several other successful OSS (Open Source Software) companies such as MySQL have their roots. Today, the group benefits from fertile co-operation with a wide variety of companies ranging from OSS inspired industrial giants Nokia and NokiaSiemensNetworks to the small OSS entrepreneurs such as Nemein, Dicole, and Nomovok.

Group: Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Group leaders: Dr Imed Hammouda and Dr Timo Aaltonen

Group overview:
TUTOpen's research focus is on open source software, studying topics related to: practices of open source development; building and studying open source communities; mining open source repositories; studying the adoption of open source software. The group also aims to participate in OS communities, to get first hand knowledge from the inside. They maintain close connections with industry to understand their needs and problems related to OS software. Besides research, they organize courses and events around OS development. In particular, they organize open source related teaching at Tampere University of Technology.

Group: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Group leader: Professor Mogens Kühn Pedersen, Chair of Informatics,

Group overview:
The group has research interests which include IT innovation, Open Source software, standards and standardisation, e-governance. Members have been involved in national standardisation bodies. One area of interest has been to identify issues related to government policy with regard to open standards. E-government implementations and development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions are focal points of this work within the overall idea of a governance framework for open standards and their early adoption. This work was initiated through the OStEA (Open Standards and their Early Adoption) project, a public university research project sponsored by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

Group: NTNU, Norway

Group leader: Prof Reidar Conradi

Group overview:
The Software Engineering group at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI) at NTNU has for the last years had an increasing focus on open source software (OSS). OSS is an important area for the group both in research and education and it has currently 8 people (professors, researchers and PhD students) working on issues related to OSS and software engineering. The group has through participation in several research projects (e.g. ITEA COSI) and collaboration with industry produced about 50 international publications related to OSS. The SE group has also been represented with several publications at the International conferences on OSS but also at other national and international OSS events like GoOpen, OpenNordic and so on.

Group: University of Iceland, Iceland

Group leader: Dr Helgi Thorbergsson (email)

Group overview:
The group has researched free and open source software, and in particular software development methodologies. Recent research has been focussed in the area of creating a life cycle model for free and open source software.


Uppdaterad: 2011-05-23
Sidansvarig: Jonas Gamalielsson