At the 2016 Open Source Conference in Rome, held a few weeks ago, MariaDB was present along with many of the most relevant players in the Open Source community. This included the Italian Public Administration. They are required by law to give preference to free software and open source software. The goal of the Italian Open Source Observatory is to promote the use of open source software in Italian public administrations. They monitor and collect information on cases of open source adoption and best practices related to open technology usage within institutions.