The government of Galicia, one of Spain’s autonomous regions, wants to boost the use of free and open source software by its public administrations and citizens. The regional ministry for Modernisation and Innovation aims to bring together its previous initiatives on open source, it explains in a statement published on 27 January.
Previous initiatives on free and open source software have not yet resulted in an increased uptake by public administrations, companies or citizens, writes the ministry. “These actions were isolated and lacked coordination and an overall strategy.”
One of these earlier activities is the Mancomun open source reference and service centre, which started in 2005 and which aims to provide resources and services for regional innovative IT companies.
The government wants to remedy the lack of uptake of open source with a promotion campaign, technical workshops and other initiatives. It is requesting proposals for such a campaign, to be submitted to the Foundation for the Promotion of Industrial Quality and Technological Development (Fundación para o Fomento da Calidade Industrial e o Desenvolvemento Tecnolóxico de Galicia). Continue reading.