The 2012 Open Source World Conference gathered over 800 professionals from this field in Granada

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The meeting, included in the Más Digital event, has demonstrated the growth of Open Source in Spain, boosted this type of technology in the companies and has allowed debating about the development of the movement in the administrations and universities
 
José Antonio Griñán, president of the Andalusian Government concluded the OSWC, with Nicholas Negroponte closing the official program of the Más Digital event
 
 
The 2012 Open Source World Conference (OSWC), an event organized by the Economy, Innova-tion and Science Ministry during the Más Digital's time frame alongside with the Guadalinfo Dyna-mizers Meeting, held today its official conference with fifteen debate tables set around five main thematic lines that covered the most relevant aspects of the open source realm, be it from the point of view of the final user, as the technical point of view and the business perspective. In total, more than 800 people filled the halls of the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Granada to watch the lectures.
 
The conference had Nocholas Negroponte was the key figure of the Más Digital event, that in-cludes the OSWC. After the speech of the Andalusian Government's president, José Antonio Griñán, the founder and director of the MIT Media Lab closed the program with a plenary session hosted by José María Álvarez-Pallete, president of Telefónica Europa, before the over 2.000 participants of the Open Source World Conference and Guadalinfo Dynamizers Meeting.
 
Previously, the participants watched an intense conference that covered everything from the devel-opment of policies and strategies towards Open Source migration to several success cases of ad-ministrations and companies. In this sense, Andalusia was under the spotlight as the boosting region of groundbreaking strategies, and also the European Commission, for being the institution that advocates the development of interoperability and data opening related policies.
 
Panel regarding Open Source’s condition in Spain
In one of the lectures, the Spanish National Competency Application Center for Information and Communication Technologies based on Open Source (CENATIC) presented the results of the Indi-cator Panel regarding Open Source software in Spain, a system that gathers, analyzes and diffuses the quantitative information of Open Source in Spain. According to the data, one in every two spanish micro-companies uses free software, a percentage that is growing up to 75% in regard to the companies that employ more than ten people. The data from the Panel also indicates that open source computer applications are the ones most used among the pymes (53,9% of the small com-panies and 51,5% in the averaged-sized companies).
 
On the other hand, the ICT companies are betting heavily in open source, in a way that nine in every ten technological companies are betting for the use of open source software. But this is not an exclusive reality of this kind of companies. According to the conclusions, free software is a reali-ty in every Autonomic Community, were it's widely implemented within the infrastructure of the  IT companies. A process, also, growing rapidly. And so, the percentage of companies using free op-erating systems was 9,5% in January 2010, only one year later growing up to 26,40%
 
The estimated annual turnover derived from the open source product sales reached in 2010 the total of 776 million euros.  According to the Panel, Open Source software leads to a reduced cost in accessing technology, knowledge and innovation. Regarding the possible problems in the adoption of this technology, they point out as the main difficulties the lack of references of open source software products and ignoring its solutions.
 
New business projects and big companies
Another of the most interesting tables of today's conference was the presentation of four startups business projects based on open source software. The projects, that have been selected from the proposals sent by their promoters during the OSWC's opening call last December, are WôÓS, Glob3, Xoowe and Servotic. Each project's responsible is going to present their business ideas to a panel of experts, that following the presentation, are going to ask them some questions and offer some advice and guidance so that they can set their ideas in motion. 
 
The big companies have also been present in this years edition of the OSWC. Multinational experts such as Iberia, Alfresco, Fujitsu, Vodafone or Telefónica, defined the growing role open source software is playing in the development of new products.
 
Open Source in the administrations and universities
The OpenData, the practice based on that specific data be available for free for everyone, without copyright restrictions, patents or other mechanisms of control, is going to be the topic of one of OSWC's tables. The debate had the participation of the Atmos company; Guzmán Garmendia, di-rector-general of the Open Government of the Government of Navarra; José Luis Marín, CEO of Euroalert; José Antonio Recio, of Fundecyt - Junta of Extremadura, and Marc Garriga, from  Barcelona's City Council.
 
The participants have advocated the benefits deriving from the OpenData movement, stating that the limitations of information broadcast are against the common good and that this data must be placed for the public's access, considering that this information either belongs to society or is data that has been created by the public administrations, and therefor, belong to everyone. In parallel, they have demonstrated how the opening of public data conceals a huge potential to create value in the ICT sector companies, at the same time supposing an opportunity both for the entrepreneur companies obtaining value from the public data, as for the administration itself.
 
And finally, another of the tables was focused on the development and use of open source tech-nologies in the university field, and also on the benefits it offers in creating knowledge, with the presence of Francisco Triguero, Secretary General of Universities, Investigation and Technology of the Economy, Innovation and Science Ministry and representatives of the Universities of Granada, La Laguna, Cadiz, Salamanca and Cordoba.