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Process starts to select open standards for government documents

GOV.UK - As well as making it easier for citizens to access and work with the information that government publishes, open document formats will enable users in government departments to operate more efficiently by sharing documents and working on them together.

The document format challenges - descriptions of problems faced by users trying to read or work on documents - have been published today on the government’s Standards Hub. Ideas are invited on possible open standards based approaches to the challenges, from which one or more proposals will be developed.

These proposals will also be open for comment before a recommendation is made by the Open Standards Board.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said: