The BIT Institute - Balearic Islands Institute of Remote Data Transfer Innovation - was set up in 1994 by the Government of the Balearic Islands in order to achieve knowledge and use of remote data transfer in all sectors on the Balearic Islands.
At the time, the BIT Institute was a pioneering experiment in Spain. It developed innovative projects like COCO (a European project in the health sphere bringing together various international experiments assessing the benefits to hospital management and primary care centres of using EDI); ENCATA (promotion of the use of data transfer between regional SMEs, needs analysis and creation of plans for its implementation and development); MINTOUR (public service made up of a network of multimedia tourist information servers); HECTOR (European project aimed at improving co-ordination between emergency health services), and TAMCRA (initiative using data transfer technology to provide SMEs with new formulas for distributing sales information about their products and services to customers).
Later, in 1998, the Institute became a Foundation, and the statutes governing the current body were signed on 9 June that year.
It is organised based on a board made up of permanent members, elected members, a chairman and a secretary. The chairman has to be one of the permanent board members and the secretary may be a non-member.
The post of chairman has been held by: The Hon. Mr. Antoni Rami Alós, Minister of the Economy and Finance (June 1998 - June 1999); the Hon. Mr. Joan Mesquida, Minister of Finance and Budgets (June 1999 - September 1999); the Hon. Ms. Misericòrdia Ramon, Minister of Innovation and Energy (September 1999 -June 2001); the Hon. Mr. Príam Villalonga, Minister of Innovation and Energy (June 2001 - June 2003), and the Hon. Mr. Luis Ángel Ramis De Ayreflor Cardell, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Innovation (since June 2003).
Since the establishment of the IBIT Foundation it has been directed by: Ms Elena Medina (June 98 - April 2000), Mr. Enric Tortosa (April 2000- October 2000), Mr. Rafael Burriel (November 2000 - August 2003), Pere Joan Planas (September 2003 - July 2007) and Antoni Roig (since August 2007).