Current Projects

Completed Projects

OSSLI, 2011 - 2012

The goal of the OSSLI project -Advanced Tools and Practices for Managing Open Source Software Licenses - is to build a new generation of tool concepts and tools to manage licensing concerns. The approach and tool will provide features such as expressing licensing constraints, detecting violations while application model is being constructed, and providing possible remedies and alternative solutions to resolve possible license violations. The research is conducted together with Aalto University.

The project is funded by Tekes, Validos, HH Partners, Symbio, Tekla, and Wapice.

OSCAR, 2010 - 2013

OSCAR -FLOSS Cadastre & Registration Software- is a project funded by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). It aims at supporting the development of an open source cadastre and registration software. The software will be piloted in 3 countries: Nepal, Samoa, and Ghana.
[Project WWW site]

openSE, 2009 - 2011

OpenSE -open educational framework for computer science Software Engineering- is a European research project funded by EU LLP Erasmus programme. The project objectives are:

  • To set up an Open Educational Framework for Software Engineering bringing together academia, formally enrolled students, fellow students, free learners outside of formal education and open source practitioners and enterprises.
  • To systematically combine formal and informal learning within an unfettered informal learning environment.
  • To stimulate participatory learning experiences and foster practical hands-on sessions where learning activities and output become a learning resource itself.
  • To enable current and future learners to benefit continuously and fully from others' achievements, regardless where these achievements have been made.

[Project WWW site]

OSSTraDe, 2009 - 2010

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been recognized as one of the main drivers for sustainable development and cross-border trade in developing countries. It has been also advocated that Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) could play a key role in promoting ICT culture in these regions. However, there is little research work done regarding FLOSS adoption and promotion in developing countries (African countries in particular) and how developed countries could offer successful models for using FLOSS to enforce the ICT sector. The goal of the OSSTraDe (Open Source Software as a Trade and Development Driver in Developing Countries) project is to study the situation of FLOSS, as a promising technology promoting ICT, in developing countries and how these countries could benefit from the experiences of developed countries. For the purpose, the projects considers Finland and Tunisia as two examples of developed and developing countries respectively. The project investigates to what extent FLOSS is present in important sectors like ICT businesses, governmental institutions, NGOs, and higher education.

The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
[Project WWW site]

OSCOMM, 2009 - 2010

The Building Open Source Communities (OSCOMM) research project argues that even though the number of open source software is remarkable, it is still far from obvious how to start and run a successful open source project. One can find only very general guidelines for that. The project studies this issue more deeply by taking into consideration the characteristics of the projects and their target communities, for instance. The goal is to gain understanding of open source community building through a number of case studies. The plan is to release a number of academic and industrial software applications as open source.

OSCOMM project

The objective is to create developer (and user) communities around the released applications. The project takes into consideration the community, infrastructure, legality, marketing, software, and process perspectives.

The project industrial partners are Nokia, IT Mill, Gurux, and Sesca Mobile.
[Project WWW site]

NoTA Community, 2009

NoTA architecture
NoTA architecture

The goal of this project is to build an open source community for the NoTA (Network on Terminal Architecture) platform implemented originally by Nokia. NoTA is a modular service based system architecture for mobile and embedded devices.
[Project WWW site]

OSSI, 2006 - 2007

Open Source has shown its potential to become a major disruption in software development. It changes many of the basic rules of software development, and therefore provides new types of possibilities for different actors, including e.g. service providers, software developers and system integrators. Thus, Open Source Software is not only challenging the conventional ways of developing software but it is also a basis for new businesses and business models.
In order to achieve a comprehensive view on the complexity of utilizing open source software (OSS) in business from the viewpoints of different kinds of companies we need competencies representing several scientific disciplines.

OSSI project

Research project "Managing OSS as an Integrated Part of Business (OSSI)" developed a management framework by examining the phenomena from the perspectives of sociology, technology and business. The business perspective was further divided in the research project to legal aspects, economics, business models, competitive strategy and value networks.

As the role of the developer communities is highly important in Open Source Software, the study took a community-based approach and studied four Open Source communities - Debian, Eclipse + Laika, Gnome, MySQL - and the networks and business models evolved around them.
[Project WWW site]