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This open source-based application will allow a cost reduction of more than 180 million to Andalusian Government

The Regional Ministry of Innovation, Science and Enterprise has announced at the closing session of the Open Source World Conference, which has been going on until today in Malaga, its intention of releasing the new V5 version of the open source application Guadalinex. It will be developed by Junta de Andalucía to be used in computers of the Andalusian Administration network.

The use of this open source-based system is expected to exceed the current 180 million euro cost reduction derived from the implantation of Guadalinex in the 300,000 computers in schools, public libraries and public internet access centres, all of them supported by the Junta de Andalucía.

This measure reinforces the commitment of the Andalusian Administration to the development of Open Source Software as a cost-effective and sustainable solution to economic and social development.

Together with the new Guadalinex adaptation, the Regional Minister of Innovation, Science and Enterprise, Francisco Vallejo, has announced the creation of a Technological Transfer Centre specifically oriented to Open Source. Support and technological management of the Open Source Repository will also be undertaken by this Centre. Moreover, it will guarantee its success and operational validity by adhering to standard procedures, in order to ensure quality and training in the use of open standards.

This impulse given to Open Source by the Ministry of Innovation has been widely appreciated during the Conference, where initiatives such as Guadalinex and Guadalinfo have been awarded the Focus Prize to Free Knowledge. It is the first time the Focus Foundation has organized this Prize to acknowledge the contribution of different actors from the ICT sector to the Open Source promotion.

The Open Source World Conference has been organized by both Andalusia and Extremadura Regional Governments and has come to a conclusion after registering a record of more than 9,000 attendees and 250 speakers nationally and internationally acclaimed.

The encounter has taken place over the three last days at the “Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga”, where actors and sectors related to the Open Source realm were represented, including public administration, University, companies and individuals interested in the subject.

The Conference has hosted nearly 40 technical sessions, and speeches: 45 workshops and tutorials; three associated events, among them, the launch of the Open Source Observatory and Repository plus a total of 6 plenary and debate sessions. Widely acclaimed personalities have participated in this event, such as ideologist Tim O’Reilly; President of Mozilla Europa, Tristan Nitot; El País and Le Monde journalist, Francis Pisani; ex-president of the Extremadura Regional Government, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra; writer Espido Freire and journalist Joaquín Estefanía, among others.

Also, a number of alongside activities have taken place, including 346 University-Enterprise work meetings, organized today by the Andalusian Technological Spaces Network (RETA), the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre (CITAndalucía), the Andalusia Innovation and Development Agency (IDEA) and the Andalucia OTRI Network.

The University-Enterprise network encounters aim at promoting the transfer of technology in the Andalusian Community, encouraging cooperation and knowledge transfer among Andalusian investigation groups and companies related to the metal and transport sector.

The Open Source World Conference has relied on the participation of numerous companies from the ICT sector, among them: Guadaltel, Fujitsu-Siemens, Vodafone, Atos Origin, Sun Microsystems, Telefónica, EDM Electronics, Sadiel, Cepes, Emergya, OKI, Graef, HP, Intecna, Ándago, IBM, Oesía (IT Deusto), e-gim, Everis, IECISA, Intel, GMV, Oracle, Near Technologies, Bull, Caymasa El Sendero, Novasoft, Telvent, Ingenia, Silicon Graphics, Expansiva, EPTISA, Ingres, Ximetrix, MP Sistemas, Yaco, Novell, GT Solutions and SMART Technologies.

Besides, there are other collaborating entities such as Cenatic, RTVA, “Centro de Excelencia de Software Libre de Albacete”, “Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía” (PTA), “Red de Espacios Tecnológicos de Andalucía” (RETA), “Instituto Tecnológico de Informática” (ITI), “Ingeniería Sin Fronteras”, Iniciativa Focus, Fundación I+D Software Libre, ASOLIF and Andalibre, along with media such as Linux Magazine, Cibersur, Gaceta Tecnológica, Todo-Linux and Linux +.

Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa. JUNTA DE ANDALUCÍA.