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ODF FOI Update: Lost, Found and Lost Again

ComputerWorldUK -Glyn Moody - Last month I provided an update on my Freedom of Information request to the UK Cabinet Office on the subject of ODF formats. I've still not heard anything back, but obviously in the light of the good news about the choice of ODF as the official UK government interchange format, that request has become a little moot. What I didn't say at the time was that I put in a similar FOI request to the UK's Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), again using the indispensable WhatDoTheyKnow service. I didn't bother mentioning it, because this was the reply that I received:

I am writing to advise you that, following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you requested is not held by this Department.

End of story, I thought - although it seemed slightly strange that Microsoft had not been bending the ear of this department too: was it losing its grip, I wondered? However, I have just received the following further communication from BIS that explains what actually happened: