National Resource Centre for Free and Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) is an initiative of the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India. NRCFOSS was setup in Chennai in April 2005 with the twin roles of bridging the digital divide as well as strengthening the Indian Software industry. NRCFOSS contributes to the growth of FOSS in India through Research & Development, Human Resource Development, Networking & Entrepreneurship development, as well as, serve as the reference point for all FOSS related activities in the country.
Open Source Software (OSS) has rapidly shifted from a model driven purely by the developer’s community and university support to one where a main driver is industry.Not only has open source spawned a successful environment of small focused businesses, typically devoted to develop and support of specific products or to maintenance and integration activities, it has also reshaped the business models and affected the strategies of large firms.This implies that a new economic and technological model, built on free software, is forming in the IT industry.
NRCFOSS – History
The activities of NRCFOSS Phase – I were coordinated by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Chennai and Anna University (AU-KBC Research Centre). The primary focus area of C-DAC was FOSS Technology and solutions while the primary focus area of AU-KBC Research Centre was Human Resource Development.