Open Source Community

Note: This group has concluded its work and is closed.

The EBU has been actively addressing the relevance of Open Source for media applications for several years now, especially since the first visit of Tux to the EBU in 2007. Since then the interest in the topic has grown, not only because of the events organised (EBU RadioHack 2012, Libre Software Meeting 2012, EBU RadioHack 2013, Libre Software Meeting 2013, EBU DevCon 2013, EBU RadioHack 2014, IBC Open Source Meetup, FOSDEM 2015, IBC 2015, FOSDEM 2016, IBC 2016, FOSDEM 2017), but especially because the industry is moving to more IT-based practices, which often in one way or the other make use of Open Source Software.

This brings many benefits to broadcasters, because as media systems become more complex, the open approach helps avoiding lock-in and it speeds up the development process by reusing instead of reinventing.

Additionally, open source may be used as defacto "software standards" or at least can help in quickly developing and sharing reference ore example implementations for new specifications.

The EBU Open Source Community was part of the EBU's Strategic Programme on Agile Software Collaboration, which completed its work in June 2017, so this subgroup closed, too.

Nevertheless, the EBU continues to share information on Open Source projects both via online resources as in specific events, such as the annual Open Source Meet-Up at the IBC.


Go to for an overview of media-related open source software.

Contact us via if you have any specific open source ideas/questions/comments.


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