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Ph.D. Barbara HELD Seconded National Expert, IDABC Programme, Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT), European Commission, Brussels

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Barbara Held presently works as Detached National Expert at the European Commission Programme for "Interoperable Delivery of pan-European eGovernment Services (IDABC)". She is responsible for the IDABC projects promoting on Open Source Software (OSS) in public administration - including a project for a European OSS Repository. She also coordinates the programme s activities on Open Document Exchange Formats. Being a Desk Officer at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin, Barbara Held formerly served at the German Government s Coordination and Advisory Board for IT in the Administration (KBSt), responsible for software strategy and OSS policy. She holds a PhD in mass communication sciences from Free University Berlin.