ABOUT CH OPEN
The CH Open association has been promoting open systems (open source software) and standards (open standards) in the Swiss ICT landscape since 1982. With numerous active working groups und events information and networking activities, CH Open supports companies, public administration, educational institutions and individuals, and politically advocates for more openness and sustainability in IT. CH Open has around 200 individual members, 54 collective members (companies and authorities) and 52 sponsors. Numerous cooperations with Swiss and foreign ICT associations, communities as well as universities and authorities contribute to the implementation of CH Open's concerns at all levels.
Source | Business | Community
In today's networked world, open systems are essential for smooth communication. This is the only reason why services such as the World Wide Web or e-mail have become successful. Open source software is a central component of this movement and helps companies, public administrations, schools and private individuals to concentrate on their central tasks independently of external constraints.
Open source should also be spread in the business world. Open Business serves as an approach to using open ideas and open content.
Engagement of CH Open
CH Open offers numerous national conferences and events (Working Groups) around the topic of Open Source. The theoretical and practical expertise of CH Open members and interested parties should thus be expanded in the area of open source software, but also in related areas such as open data, open government, open innovation and more.
The CH Open Business Events are also part of the Working Groups. They take place several times a year in Swiss cities.
Together with the Forschungsstelle Digitale Nachhaltigkeit an der Universität Bern CH Open also launches and publishes research projects in the field of open source.
CH Open is also active behind the scenes. Through its extensive network of contacts, it maintains close ties with the private sector and public administrations. The association is also involved in commissions or working groups in associations such as eCH, swissICT, Opendata.ch, Digitale Gesellschaft and others. Politically, the association is involved and represented by the Parlamentarischen Gruppe für Digitale Nachhaltigkeit.