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Finished And Discontinued Projects

These projects were finished, and we keep the information here for archiving purposes.

"Ask your candidates" - German Federal Election 2009

During the German federal elections in 2009, FSFE called on all German Free Software supporters to ask the parties' candidates about their positions on Free Software and Open Standards. FSFE set up a page about the German Bundestagswahl to help asking questions, and to collecting answers.


STACS (Science, Technology and Civil Society) was a project that sought to bridge the gap between civil society and research in order to increase the societal relevance of research being done. The project aimed to accomplish by educating both civil society organisations and researchers, and finding common projects to work on for the future.


The SELF project (Science, Education and Learning in Freedom) aimed at creating a repository of educational materials on Free Software and Open Standards. It did this by providing a platform for the collaborative development of educational materials, as well as by engaging in the development of educational materials that were missing in the field today.


The June 29th 2007 release of version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPL) marked the end of an eighteen month public consultation process. During this time, FSFE worked to raise awareness of the changes proposed for the licence, to help the community to participate in the public consultation, and to document the ongoing discussion to make this topic as accessible as possible.

World Intellectual Property Organization

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the 16 specialized agencies of the United Nations system of organisations. Its role is administrating 23 international treates dealing with different aspects of limited monopolies on knowledge. As an observer to WIPO and together with a global coalition of other players with similar goals, FSFE is working towards reshaping it as a "World Intellectual Wealth Organisation."

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a two-summit UN conference organised by the ITU at which important cornerstones for the information and knowledge society should be laid. FSFE is participated along with other civil societies to make sure that the principles of the digital age will protect digital freedom, sharing of knowledge, access to information and Free Software.

Brave GNU World

The Brave GNU World was a monthly column issued from 1999 to 2004 that addressed technical and non-technical readers alike. Its aim was to provide insights into current projects and developments based upon the philosophy of Free Software. The Brave GNU World was translated into nine languages, possibly making it the farthest-spread monthly column worldwide.

6th EC Framework Programme (FP6)

Founding of research&development by the European Commission is usually done within the "framework programmes" (FPs). These last for four years and FP6 has started officially on December 17th, 2002. The FSF Europe seeks to help with Free Software related activities in FP6.

Classification of Free Software as a World Cultural Heritage

The objectives were to have Free Software classified as an intangible world cultural heritage by the UNESCO, and registered in the World Memory Register (another UNESCO project). The Free Software community and the UNESCO share the same freedom, equality and fraternity values. Such a recognition would be a great promotion of Free Software.

AGNULA: A GNU/Linux Audio distribution

The AGNULA project aimed at the creation of a fully functional, entirely Free Software GNU/Linux distribution for professional audio users. It is a project run by key players in the audio field with funding by the European Commission. The FSFE as a partner of this project is taking care of the legal issues, the long-term aspects and also making sure the Free Software community interests are heard.

EUCD - Copyright extensions that harm

The European Copyright Directive (EUCD) was the European equivalent of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). These laws not only lead to the creation of monopolies and cartels, they also provide serious impediments to the Freedoms of speech and press, as they provide means for digital censorship. The FSF Europe was actively involved in the resistance against such harmful legislation.