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Are technologies developed in non-commercial settings or those intended to be distributed as part of an open source technology platform included within the definition of “IT products”?

Are technologies developed in non-commercial settings or those intended to be distributed as part of an open source technology platform included within the definition of “IT products”?

Yes, the definition of IT products should be considered in the broadest possible sense and does not exclude those related to technologies developed in non-commercial settings or those intended to be distributed as part of an open source technology platform. The results of research should be applicable and suitable for all platforms including open source technology platforms. The awardees are strongly encouraged to conduct research using open source approaches and release the outcomes of their research into open source communities.