March 2006 news items

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31 Mar 2006

We Are Not Alone: Bristol City Council Converts 5,500 desktops to StarOffice
As a result of the decision, the City expects to save 60% of the costs of using office productivity software over a five year period. The news of such a significant cost saving is particularly significant for three reasons... Consortium Standards Blog

31 Mar 2006

National Archives Embrace OpenDocument
The National Archives of Australia (NAA) will be the first Australian government department to move to the OpenDocument file format as the Digital Preservation team migrates its current Xena preservation software to the OpenOffice 2.0 suite. Image and Data Manager Magazine

31 Mar 2006

National Archives readies move to OpenDocument
The Digital Preservation team is looking to migrate its Xena preservation software to ODF with the next release of the software, the first Australian government agency to do so. ComputerWorld

28 Mar 2006

IBM joining the V1 Technical Committee under INCITS Bob Sutor

27 Mar 2006

Muscling in on OpenDocument group
The lone antagonist against the OpenDocument standard has joined a group involved in the ISO standardisation process, but claims its presence in the group "will have no impact on the voting". ZDNet UK

26 Mar 2006

Point to Point: The Digital Divide
OASIS, an international standards-setting consortium of major software and hardware vendors, is promulgating the OpenDocument Format. It is already incorporated into a number of office suites and its primary advantage is that the format is owned by no single vendor, and longevity of access is a prime consideration in its future development. Joel Leininger, American Surveyor

23 Mar 2006

Lawyers that don"t use open documents risk liability
Documents and web sites that do not meet interoperability, accessibility and security standards incur increased risk for liability. Futhermore, law firms who fail to adopt open standards will fall behind in the competition for open, accessible, interoperable services. ITWire Australia

21 Mar 2006

Microsoft Joins the ODF/ISO Reconciliation Committee
...this small subcommittee is the entity charged with reconciling the votes that are being cast in the ISO vote to adopt the OASIS OpenDocument Format. Consortium Standards Bulletin

21 Mar 2006

Microsoft Shows Up Where You Least Expect It - Joins INCITS V1
INCITS ... decides if ODF is ready to move forward in the ISO process. Groklaw

20 Mar 2006

XML In Government: Promise And Politics
Open standards appeal to cash-strapped state and federal agencies because they"re cheap, easy to manage, and nonproprietary. InformationWeek

20 Mar 2006

Standard Procedure
What would the IT industry be like without the entrenched institution of political lobbying? What is being done behind the scenes by opponents to sway the standards bodies themselves? ComputerWorld

11 Mar 2006

Cod Psychology
I have been watching Microsoft now for a very long time. I"m struck by the way one of their characteristic tactics has held firm for the whole time I have been watching. The tactic? When Microsoft knows it"s in the wrong, it attacks with its weaknesses - has done for years. It"s what I gather psychologists call projection - superimposing your own faults on others. Simon Phipps

11 Mar 2006

Defending Openness
Even more dangerously, the company has named these new formats Microsoft Office Open XML. Note the word “open" here: Microsoft is using a term which hitherto stood in stark opposition to everything the company represents. By employing “open" in this way – however apparently minor or unimportant – it has begun a subtle process of devaluation. LXer

10 Mar 2006

Is Writely Microsoft"s Pearl Harbor?
Gary Edwards explains the importance of Google"s acquisition of Writely: "a masterpiece of an ODF AJAX engine, able to upload any OpenDocument file for collaborative work, publication, and/or distribution..." ZDNet

07 Mar 2006

Governments, Users and Providers of Office Applications Unite to Advance Adoption of OpenDocument Format (ODF) OASIS Standard
The life of a document may far exceed that of a particular software product or vendor. Users have a right to retain control over their work--no matter when their documents were created or what tool was used to create them. Open standards in general, and ODF in particular, can help ensure that right. Business Wire

07 Mar 2006

OASIS Announces the ODF Adoption Committee
Governments, users and providers of office applications unite to advance adoption of OpenDocument Format (ODF) OASIS Standard. OASIS Press Release

06 Mar 2006

Irish OpenDocument Format Alliance
A truly open XML-based file format for office documents is the key to information longevity. Longevity is naturally a key concern for the public sector. We have been proactive in support of ODF in Ireland for a considerable period of time. Irish Developer Network

06 Mar 2006

Industry lines up behind OpenDocument format
The OpenDocument Format Alliance has been set up by more than 35 organizations worried that there is the potential for governments to get locked in to proprietary formats from a single vendor. Business Review

06 Mar 2006

New OpenDocument alliance could"ve helped MA CIO
If such a body had existed last year, it"s possible the organization could have provided much needed support to an embattled U.S. chief information officer (CIO). LinuxWorld Australia

03 Mar 2006

Push to Create Standards for Documents
Public information can be locked in proprietary software whose document formats become obsolete or cannot be read by people using software from another company.
To cope with the problem, the OpenDocument Format Alliance will promote the adoption of open technology standards by governments. New York Times

03 Mar 2006

OpenDocument vs. MOOX
There are two candidates vying to become the "open standard" document formats for word processing files, spreadsheets and presentations: the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards" (OASIS) OpenDocument format and Microsoft"s Office Open XML Formats (MOOX). Ziff Davis Media

03 Mar 2006

OpenDocument Alliance to fight looming "digital Dark Age"
If open standards are not adopted today, documents could be unreadable in the future, with entire portions of history lost simply because people did not have the correct means to view them. TechTarget

03 Mar 2006

ODF Alliance - Who, What, Where (and Why)
Why the Alliance was formed and by whom, what it will try and achieve, and how likely it will be to succeed in that pursuit. Consortium Standards Blog

03 Mar 2006

ODF Alliance Formed to Push ODF Adoption by Government
The ODF Alliance has the mission of globally educating: [P]olicymakers, IT administrators and the public on the benefits and opportunities of the OpenDocument Format, to help ensure that government information, records and documents are accessible across platforms and applications, even as technologies change today and in the future. Consortium Standards Blog

03 Mar 2006

Vendors form new OpenDocument alliance
A group of more than 35 U.S. and international IT vendors, organizations, academic institutions and industry bodies is due to announce the formation of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance. If such a body had existed last year, it"s possible the organization could have provided much needed support to an embattled U.S. chief information officer. InfoWorld

03 Mar 2006

Alliance Formed to Promote Improved Access to and Retrieval of Electronic Government Documents
As documents and services are increasingly transformed from paper to electronic form, there is growing recognition that governments and their constituents may not be able to access, retrieve and use critical records, information and documents in the future. U.S. Newswire

03 Mar 2006

OpenDocument Format Alliance announced

02 Mar 2006

Technology standards increase competition, innovation
Already the state of Massachusetts requires all its software to work with OpenDocument files, and the European Union is expected to do so as well. USA Today

02 Mar 2006

Alliance backs open document standards
The alliance believes that uptake of the XML-based ODF standard by governments will ensure that public sector information and documents can be exchanged across different applications, agencies and partners, and will not tie these disparate groups to particular platforms. IT Week UK