July-December 2008 News Items

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24 December 2008
Group: 2008 Progress Shows ODF Will Prevail, Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service
"It was a good year for Open Document Format (ODF), which gained support from governments across the world... ODF Alliance Managing Director Marino Marcich believes that ODF will eventually win out as the dominant standard for document formats."

22 December 2008
Governments Increasingly Turn to OpenDocument Format as ODF Alliance Marks Unprecedented 2008, ODF Alliance
Press release announcing ODF Alliance Annual Report 2008. "The ranks of governments adopting the OpenDocument Format (ODF) continued to grow, as did the depth and range of ODF applications..."

12 December 2008
Open Standards Based Procurement & ODF: The Power of the Public Purse, Marino Marcich, ODF Alliance Weblog
"Several developments involving the power of the public purse that should speed the uptake of open standards like ODF in the public sector."

06 December 2008
Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS) Agreement on Procurement, KEI
The agreement calls on governments, publicly funded and non-profit institutions to create a policy statement on interoperability and open standards, and, by 2010, agree that procurement of all software should be vendor neutral and implement open standards.

04 December 2008
Germany Joins Growing Ranks of Governments Adopting ODF, Marino Marcich, ODF Alliance
"...decision by the Federal Government of Germany to implement use of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) by federal agencies beginning in 2010."

26 November 2008
NL: Government instructs itself to use open standards, OSOR
"The list of open IT standards to be used ... currently mentions the Open Document Format (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF) ... for electronic documents."

05 November 2008
IBM, Sun Microsystems Launch ODF Toolkit Union To Grow Adoption, Community and Software Innovation, Sun press release
"The ODF Toolkit provides a home for libraries that ease the development of applications that support ODF... [and] tools that process ODF or check ODF conformance... Developers are invited to freely host their open source ODF libraries and tools within the ODF Toolkit, to join the existing projects, and to collaborate with ODF developers everywhere."

31 October 2008
ODF Update, Rob Weir
"I'm glad to report steady progress on all fronts... [by] The OASIS ODF TC... [including] a new activity related to the next version of ODF, the one after ODF 1.2... 'ODF-Next'."

13 October 2008
Pretoria ODF Users Workshop, Bob Sutor
"...reporting what happened last week at the Second International ODF Users Conference, held in Pretoria, South Africa."

12 October 2008
ODF @ OOoCon 2008, Rob Weir
"I'm attending the OpenOffice.org 2008 Conference in Beijing, November 5th-7th... OOoCon typically is also the largest ODF conference of the year, at least based on number of ODF-related sessions."

10 October 2008
Venezuela adopts ODF for government, Alastair, Tectonic
"...the Venezuelan government had formally adopted ODF as a standard for the 'processing, exchange and storage of documents'."

ODF Going Global, Simon Phipps, webmink
"... in South Africa [at] the second International ODF Workshop... I'm left with the strong impression of a growing global community... both politically and geographically. From small roots ODF has grown to both a global movement and a strong technology..."

27 September 2008
ODF workshop update, Aslam Raffee
"Just two weeks to go before the 2nd International ODF User Workshop — hosted by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs in collaboration with the ODF Alliance — kicks off on October 9 in Pretoria... We have a great lineup of speakers from governments around the world who will share their successes and challenges in adopting the OpenDocument Format."

25 September 2008
Introducing the ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC, Rob Weir
"...a new Technical Committee in OASIS, called the ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC, or OIC TC for short. The official 30-day OASIS Call for Participation went out last Friday... The OIC TC will have its first meeting, via teleconference, on October 22nd... I'd like to see broader representation in this TC's important work."

SE: ODF made national standard in Sweden, Gijs Hillenius, OSOR.EU
"The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as a national standard... SIS press officer Erika Messing called the approval 'routine'. SIS was one of the national standardisation organisations that took part in the procedure at ISO to approve ODF, she said. 'ISO approved it in 2006 and now SIS has made it a national standard.'"

10 September 2008
Open Document Formats finally default for Yale Law School A2K Conference, Open Source Initiative
"The Yale Law School's Access to Knowledge Conference kicks off in the International Conference Center of Geneva, Switzerland... Open Document Formats have finally become the default document format for presentations."

09 September 2008
ODF Award Nominations Now Being Accepted, ODF Alliance Weblog
"The purpose of the award is to recognize the contribution of individuals or entities in promoting ODF adoption... Nominate an individual or entity you work with closely or someone you have observed who stands out as a leader in the ODF community..."

06 September 2008
OpenDocument Format, Thomas Zander, Trolltech Labs
"Qt 4.5 will ship with an ODF writer."

02 September 2008
ODF approved as Swedish Standard, Peter Krantz
"...the Swedish Standards Institute has formally approved ODF 1.0 as a national standard."

Momentum behind ODF in government grows, Alastair, Tectonic
"To date at least 15 national governments, including countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Italy, have adopted ODF as a government standard..."

18 July 2008
NATO supports ODF open document format, Heise Open Source
"NATO has included the ISO certified Open Document Format (ODF) in its list of mandatory standards to promote interoperability."

17 July 2008
OpenOffice.org / ODF Support in SAP Software, Erwin Tenhumberg, SAP Community Network Blogs
"ODF is supported by the SAP List Viewer component..., which is used many times in all kinds of areas for displaying tabular data in a grid. [It] allows exporting to ODF spreadsheet files in addition to Microsoft Excel files."

16 July 2008
OOXML will take second place following Microsoft’s announcement to support ODF, says Dr Alex Brown, SourceWire
"Software companies should compete on the basis of the quality of their products. The last 18 months have seen them try to compete by influencing the natural course of the International standards process. Now the focus should shift from the standards committees, so that software vendors can concentrate on delivering software that users want."

03 July 2008
ODF the Recommended Standard in Uruguay, ODF Alliance
"Uruguay’s AGESIC (Agency for the Development of Government Electronic Management and Information and Knowledge Society), which is responsible for proposing IT standards for the federal government, has officially recommended the use of ODF for editable documents and PDF for documents in final, published form."

02 July 2008
What is new in XML Editor 9.3
"...support for editing and processing resources inside ZIP-based packages including Microsoft® Office 2007 (OOXML) and OpenDocument (ODF) documents." More info here.