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Re: [fsfc-discuss] Hello

From: Gabriel Cossette
Subject: Re: [fsfc-discuss] Hello
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:30:59 -0500

Hi all,

Great discussion you got going on here! Great to see some activity on this list :)

BTW, I'm the leader of the Federal Open Source GRILL community that Fabian referred to.

Basically, we are an official (French) Government of Canada community of practice about Open Source. We are under the Quebec Federal Council in IT, which is essentially a GC interdepartmental entity.

We launched 3 years ago and we are now about 100 members (50 from 16 Federal Depts., 10 from QC Provincial and the rest are external contributors). We have meetings every 2 months in Montreal or virtually.

We are mainly sharing good practices and educating IT managers about OSS. We are also promoting IRCan "GC Software Forge" (http://tbs-sct.ircan-rican.gc.ca) which is a great under known tool internally. BTW, here's two great IRCan projects: http://tbs-sct.ircan-rican.gc.ca/projects/gcwwwtemplates http://tbs-sct.ircan-rican.gc.ca/projects/masas

Anyone interested in GRILL (comfortable with French) can join our community mailing list: http://lists.ec.gc.ca/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/grill

I'm also very implicated in Linux-Québec Linux User Group (www.linuq.org) so I know the local Quebec city community too.

Anyway, I'm sure some of the members of both communities would like to help in an official FSFC initiative. Off course, for GC public servants, we must conform to GC Values and Ethics (http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pubs_pol/hrpubs/tb_851/vec-cve-eng.asp) so we need to be very careful with our own involvement in political activities.

Gabriel Cossette
Coordonnateur du Groupe régional interministériel sur les logiciels libres (GRILL) au Conseil fédéral du Québec en TI
Technologies de l'information
Services partagés Canada
3, passage du Chien-d'Or, Québec (Québec)  G1R 4V7
Téléphone : 418 649-8163
Cellulaire : 418 254-8558

On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Fabian Rodriguez <address@hidden> wrote:

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On 12-01-25 09:59 AM, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> On 12-01-24 03:16 PM, Fabian Rodriguez wrote:
>> (http://www.facil.qc.ca) has some great advances in the political scene
>> here in Quebec, and at the federal government we have several contacts
>> that are mostly dormant but could rally around an FSF-CA organization
>> rapidly.
> I'm curious if you are thinking of us GOSLINGcommunity.org folks, such
as Joseph Potvin. I get weekly updates at our gaggles as to what he's up
to. He's in the process of changing departments (won't post the story
here), but will still be pushing FLOSS from within government.

Of course, but others that are less visible (externally) too.

> http://tbs-sct.ircan-rican.gc.ca/ is now embededed enough in various
departments that those in government who don't like this approach can't
stop that larger group of people who do.
http://tbs-sct.ircan-rican.gc.ca/projects lists a subset of the
projects, those who have opted to have a public presence. (BTW: Yes,
this is built on https://www.chiliproject.org , for those who might
recognize it).

Exactly. There is also an equivalent structure/participants/projects *at
the provincial level here in Quebec*, and most probably elsewhere in
other provinces. Here it's the GRILL -
http://lists.ec.gc.ca/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/grill - and there's more.
The challenge is getting all of them talking together, or at the very
least, sharing (if publicly, even better) what they do, even daily. I
want to be clear this is not about setting up / bridging technical
tools, though, but using existing structures and know each other better.


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