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Hacking EU funding for a FOSS project

Holger Krekel
Chaos Communication Congress 21th (21C3) 2004
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FOSS culture hacks^h^h^h^h meets the EU buerocracy. It is not easy for FOSS projects to get $$$ funding by the European Union. We'll look and discuss how it played out for the PyPy project, a language project targetting itself with a "Münchhausen" approach. We'll try to see why it took the project - tackling deeply technical issues - one year to communicate "correctly" with the European Union. Programmers deal with rule systems and their execution. On the other hand, the European Union issues a lot of rules which are executed by the "commission" and its employees. Within the 6th research framework programme $ will be distributed towards research projects across Europe between 2002-2006. No surprise, the formal rules a project has to live by just for the application is somewhat amazing. FOSS hackers, on the other hand, are used to communicate and adapt to a multitude of programs and systems. Looking from the right angle, it can be interesting to understand how an EU funded project is supposed to work. Even if you don't usually find arbitrary rule systems and their execution interesting you may learn some interesting bits and pieces about how (not) to interact with the EU - should you decide that your project is ready or desparate enough to go that way. Some of these "bits and pieces" can take weeks to research and be summarized in 3 minutes.

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