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Suddenly, a wave of optimism kicks in November 4, 2009

Posted by CK in Miscellaneous.
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This is mostly a post for Greek readers.

I just read (text in Greek!) that the new General Secretary for Information Systems (ΓΓΠΣ) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance is Diomidis Spinellis, a Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business who’s blog we have linked to in the past from here. Diomidis Spinellis is well known not only in the Greek, but also in the global software engineering community, with highly regarded publications and books from publishers such as O’Reilly and Addison Wesley. His h-index of 23 (as of this moment) is proof enough.

Why is this important? The recently elected government in Greece decided, for the first time, to appoint all general secretaries for ministries after an open public tender. Until now, they were always appointed directly following decisions made by the (new) ministers. The appointment of Prof. Spinellis is a strong indication that the tender was honest, CVs were seriously taken into account, and knowledgeable people were appointed to these very critical positions.

Other than that, Prof. Spinellis is a well-known proponent of free/open source software in Greece, and has contributed to a large number of events and activities in that regard. So his appointment in this position, apart from providing some certainty as regards the technical decisions of the most critical IT systems of the Greek public sector, is also deeply satisfying as regards the prospects of FLOSS in Greece.

I can only wish him all success in his new (and difficult) tasks, and hope that my expectations will be met. Maybe Greece will be a bit better when I return 🙂



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