The government of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) continues to strengthen the region’s free and open source ICT service providers. The region’s Technology Support Centre (BILIB) is helping companies pilot cloud solutions based on this type of software.
BILIB is the 2012 successor of the region’s Centre of Excellence for Free Software. One of its six services is the GNU/Linux Network, that is “bringing together companies and professionals in Castilla-La Mancha that provide GNU/Linux services.” These services are intended for public administrations as well as enterprises.
The resource centre maintains a Business Directory and a Software Catalogue, which includes many free software solutions. The centre also provides links to online training courses for open source solutions such as WordPress and LibreOffice.
The Technology Support Centre is one of nine such organisations, with others in Andalusia, Extremadura, Galicia and Aragon and the Canary Islands, that are supported by the Ministry of Industry through its Red.es Information Society project. Echoing the Red.es focus on the digital agenda and enterpreneurship, Cenatic - the country’s national open source resource centre - in November announced a new campaign.
This campaign will also help companies select the right free software solutions. The campaign includes promoting sharing and re-use, and Cenatic will be reinforcing the country’s networks of free software service providers.