April 2006 news items

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25 Apr 2006

States struggling to deal with digital documents
Most state governments are not actively tackling the creeping problem of digital archives and long-term access to public documents. CNet

20 Apr 2006

OpenDocument alliance continues ISO push
The recently formed OpenDocument Format Alliance has expressed its confidence that the file format will be approved by International Organisation for Standardization next month. Builder UK

20 Apr 2006

OpenDocument group "optimistic" on certification
The recently formed OpenDocument Format Alliance is expressing its confidence that the file format will be approved by the International Organization for Standardization next month. CNet

20 Apr 2006

OpenDocument Alliance ranks surge, favorable ISO vote imminent
A favorable vote, perhaps involving the participation of an unusually high percentage of eligible members, is not in doubt. SearchOpenSource

19 Apr 2006

Legislation calling for open data formats is gathering support in Minnesota
Passage could require proprietary software providers to adhere to state-mandated documents standards. Linux Pipeline

19 Apr 2006

Open standards, free software, and old documents
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the visible front of the current standards battle royale: in this corner, at 220 pounds, Open Document Format (ODF)! In the other corner, the 800 pound gorilla, Microsoft Office 12 XML (MOOX) format! Hopefully, we won’t get caught in the explosion. Free Software Magazine

18 Apr 2006

OpenDocument Movement Gains Steam
Membership in the OpenDocument Format Alliance has almost quadrupled over the past month. eWeek

18 Apr 2006

OpenDocument Format Alliance Grows to 138 Members, Representing 30 Countries; Alliance Names New Managing Director
A groundswell of support has developed behind the OpenDocument format as demonstrated by the rapidly growing ODF Alliance, which announced today the appointment of Marino Marcich as managing director. U.S. Newswire

13 Apr 2006

Novell comments on its transition to Linux desktops
Stage one of the transition is complete: The standard format for document exchange within Novell is now OpenDocument. DesktopLinux

12 Apr 2006

KOffice 1.5 goes gold
KOffice 1.5 features OpenDocument as its default file format, enhanced accessibility for users with disabilities, and the addition of a new project planning tool, among other improvements. DesktopLinux

11 Apr 2006

KOffice 1.5 brings OpenDocument support
KOffice, an element of the KDE interface software widely used with Linux, now supports the OpenDocument format and uses it by default. The change comes with version 1.5, released Tuesday. CNet

11 Apr 2006

OpenDocument format benefits Singaporeans. Use it.
Editorial: Adopting OpenDocument Format allows citizens and agencies to retain control of the choice of office productivity suites. Straits Times

10 Apr 2006

New front in the document format war
A recent bill proposed in Minnesota is neither expressly targeted at creating a window of opportunity for OpenDocument, nor for open-source software. It appears to be a group deciding in their own way what 'open formats' should mean. Application Development Trends

10 Apr 2006

MIGRATION: OpenDocument is in My Future
CIO or IT staff at the state or municipal government level (in any country) will be thinking, "OpenDocument, it's in my future," following the lead of Australia, Norway, Massachusetts, Bristol, Minnesota, and others. Minnesota"s rigourous new definition of "open standard" (in the context of a file format) leaves no room for Microsoft's new file format. Sam Hiser

09 Apr 2006

Why open standards matter
Article includes quotes from David Wheeler's talk at LinuxWorld Boston, in which he illustrated the importance of open standards through the example of non-standard fire hose couplers in the Baltimore fire, 1904. NewsForge

07 Apr 2006

Minnesota Bill Supports Open Standards
A bill, H.F. No. 3971, "requiring state agencies to use open data formats" has been introduced in the Minnesota state legislature. TechWeb

07 Apr 2006

Open or closed? The ODF debate spills into LinuxWorld
Do users know the difference between the open standards-based OpenDocument format (ODF) and proprietary ones like Microsoft Office Open XML? SearchOpenSource.com

05 Apr 2006

Docvert
This web service software takes multiple word processor files and converts them to Oasis OpenDocument. Cruickshank

05 Apr 2006

Bill Introduced in Minnesota to Require Use of "Open Data Formats"
A bill introduced on March 27 would require all Executive branch agencies in the state of Minnesota to "use open standards in situations where the other requirements of a project do not make it technically impossible to do this." Consortium Standards Bulletin

04 Apr 2006

Corporate Alzheimer's: Coping With Forgotten File Formats
Debate over open file formats heats up as threat of lost data looms. Could drifting file formats threaten our ability to recall contracts, insurance policies, financial records, payroll data and other critical documents?
Law.com

03 Apr 2006

Case Study II: A National Archive Moves to ODF
National Archives of Australia (NAA) is moving its digital archives program to software that supports ODF. The NAA gathers in materials from many sources, in many different formats, which will need to be converted to ODF compliance for long term archival storage. Consortium Standards Bulletin