ODF News - ODF Alliance Newsletter 20 December 2007

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DUTCH PARLIAMENT APPROVES PLAN TO ADOPT ODF
On December 12th 2007 the Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber) of the Netherlands parliament officially backed government plans to require use of ODF by all government organizations for reading, publishing and information exchange purposes in 2008. The transition to ODF is one of the main points of a long awaited action plan defining the open standards and open source policy for the Netherlands. All Dutch political parties enthusiastically supported the action plan set forth by the Netherlands Economic Affairs State Secretary Frank Heemskerk in September. The transition to ODF should be completed by Dutch national government bodies by April 2008 and at other government levels by December 2008 at the latest. The ambitious plan was accepted in full and even enhanced on a number of points - including a significant increase in budget for the accompanying program, the set-up of an "open standards swat team" and a separate program to bring ODF (and other open standards) and open source into the Dutch educational system.
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/100520
http://www.betanews.com/article/Netherlands_war_against_Microsoft_advances_on_two_fronts/1197649502
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NORWAY REQUIRES USE OF OPEN FORMATS FOR ALL INFORMATION ON GOVERNMENT WEB SITES
Norway's Ministry of Government Administration and Reform announced that all new information on governmental web sites must be available in the open formats HTML, PDF or ODF from January 1 2009 onwards. Specifically: HTML must be the primary format for publication of public information on the Internet; PDF (1.4 or newer, or PDF/A - ISO 19005-1) will be required if the objective is to preserve the original layout of a document; and ODF (ISO/IEC 26300) must be used when publishing documents that are meant to be changed after downloading; e.g., forms that are to be filled in by the user. Older documents must be converted into these formats by 2014. In making the announcement, Minister Heidi Grande Røys said: "Everybody should have equal access to public information. From 2009 citizens will be able to choose which software to use in order to gain access to public information.
The government's decision will also improve competition between suppliers of office applications."
http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2007/12/20/norway-mandates-government-odf
Govt Press Release (in Norwegian)-
http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fad/pressesenter/pressemeldinger/2007/Apne-dokumentstandarder-blir-obligatoris.html?id=494810
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NEW YORK STATE: DECEMBER 28 DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC INPUT REGARDING THE STATE'S CREATION, MANAGEMENT, AND PRESERVATION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS
The Alliance strongly encourages its members to respond to New York State's Request For Public Comment (RFPC) soliciting input regarding the state's creation, management, and preservation of electronic records, and ODF and OOXML in particular. The questions indicate that New York is particularly interested in the experiences of government agencies. Public comments are due no later than December 28th 2007. The survey is extensive, consisting of 89 questions in two parts. Note that it is not necessary to respond to each question. It is recognized that respondents will have different areas of expertise and interest.
http://www.oft.state.ny.us/oftnews/erecords-study.htm
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UNDP PUBLISHES REVIEW, GUIDE TO eGOV INTEROPERABILITY FOR ASIA-PACIFIC COUNTRIES
The United Nations Development Programme has just released three "must-reads" for governments interested in promoting efficient, government-wide sharing of information and data. The first publication, the Overview, provides in a question-and-answer format the rationale and value of Government Interoperability Frameworks (GIFs). The second, the Guide, is a practical tool on the approaches and principles of a GIF and the standards categories and selection processes. Finally, the Review provides a comparative analysis of eight existing GIFs of Australia, Brazil, Denmark, the European Union, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Over the next year, the UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme will hold workshops to share experiences and findings of the project with interested groups.
http://www.apdip.net/projects/gif
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YALE WHITE PAPER MAKES CASE FOR OPEN DOCUMENTS AND DEMOCRACY
Laura DeNardis and Eric Tam of Yale Law School's Information Society Project published a
whitepaper -- "Open Documents and Democracy: A Political Basis for Open Standards" -- that looks at the implications of standards on democracy. Academic analyses of open standards policies usually address economic and technical concerns, but standards, the authors point out, can have serious, public consequences on the functioning of democracy. The paper notes approvingly that governments are increasingly establishing policies to use ICT products based on standards that adhere to principles of openness and interoperability, yet many standards-development processes are closed, require fee-based membership, exclude non-members, disallow individuals, and provide little room for public participation or oversight. As a prominent example of standards that directly affect conditions relevant to democracy, the authors cite citizens' access to information concerning government decisions and government records, and conclude that the move toward open standards, particularly in the context of electronic public documents, are highly beneficial for citizens who value democratic principles.
http://isp.law.yale.edu/static/papers/Open_Documents_and_Democracy.pdf
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UPDATES TO ODF GOVERNMENT ADOPTIONS & APPLICATIONS SUPPORT
Revised and updated Alliance papers are now available and linked below. The first contains a comprehensive summary of pro-ODF policy initiatives taken at the national, regional or local level, with links to official government documents. The second contains a comprehensive summary of the growing applications support for ODF, with links to the product announcements.
ODF Govt. Adoptions-
http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/Adoptions20Dec2007.pdf
ODF Apps Support-
http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/AppSupport20Dec2007.pdf
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NEW OR IMPROVED ODF APPLICATIONS SUPPORT
The Alliance is happy to highlight new or improved applications support for ODF, so please keep us informed of any product announcements.
OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs: Want to work with your ODF docs both online and off whenever you decide to? With OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs, export and import your documents to Google Docs from OpenOffice.org, and from OpenOffice.org to Google Docs.
http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/project/ooo2gd
Gnumeric 1.7.14 (Development): The spreadsheet, which uses GNOME, contains several ODF import improvements.
http://freshmeat.net/projects/gnumeric/?branch_id=22632&release_id=265190
Sun Presentation Minimizer: Presentations too large to send as an attachment? Shrink your large ODF presentations (and Microsoft Power Point for that matter) with Sun's Presentation Minimizer.
http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/project/PresentationMinimizer
Tables 1.4: The updated spreadsheet and data organization application added an improved ODF and AppleWorks document importer.
http://www.macobserver.com/article/2007/11/30.5.shtml
SEPT-Solutions Mobile Office v1.1: Read your ODF files on the road with SEPT-Solutions new version of "Mobile Office," which offers improved ODF list support (continue-numbering; startvalue; list-header), and is now also fully compatible with the Nokia N95 and E90.
http://www.sept-solutions.de/English/newsdetail.php?id=71&page=1
OpenOffice.org 2.3: Provides general enhancements to its ODF spreadsheet application, Calc, and word processing application, Writer.
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2224467,00.asp
EMS Database Management Solutions: The new EMS Data Import version 3.0 now allows you to import your data quickly from ODF text and spreadsheet files.
http://www.pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41523&Itemid=9
Haansoft Hangul: The Korean software maker Haansoft announced plans for read/write support for ODF.
http://www.zdnet.co.kr/etc/eyeon/enterprise/0,39036961,39164305,00.htm
Jodviewer 0.4: A viewer component and a standalone viewer for OpenDocument presentations written in Java.
http://freshmeat.net/projects/jodviewer/?branch_id=68565&release_id=267861
JasperSoft iReport for NetBeans 6.0: The open source graphical report and dashboard design tool will now support the
NetBeans(TM) 6.0 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) as a native plug-in and support multiple formats, including ODF.
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-12-2007/0004721205&EDATE=
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NEW ODF ALLIANCE MEMBERS
The ODF Alliance now has 480+ member organizations in 53 countries. Please welcome the following new members:
GED Goiânia Serviços Informatizados Ltda (Brazil); Stajl (Austria); Power2sell (Germany); SEO Logik AB (Sweden); UP Manila National Telehealth Center (the Philippines); XeniT (Belgium); KlasCement (Belgium); Internet Society Belgium; Linux Solutions Group e.V. (Germany); Linform LLC (Switzerland); COPI (Brazil); Sarminfo SRL (Romania); Secretaria da Educação do Estado do Paraná (Brazil); Sou Livre (Brazil); Bow Street Warehouse (UK); Siltex International SA (Spain).
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ODF IN THE NEWS
Promise of OOXML Oversight By ISO Falls Through (Slashdot)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/06/2129203
Drive-by voting (IT and politics, Sweden)
http://blog.openxp.net/2007/12/drive-by-voting.html
OpenDocument Format community steadfast despite theatrics of now impotent 'Foundation' (David Berlind; Zdnet) http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=910
Citizens win with interop standard (Leon Engelbrecht; Itweb)
http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/software/2007/0710261032.asp?S=IT%20in%20Government&A=ITG&O=FPTOP
German Foreign Office comes out in favor of Open Document Format (heise online)
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/98208
Obama stirs 'open' format debate at Google (John Letzing, MarketWatch)
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/obama-stirs-open-format-debate/story.aspx?guid=%7B65940BCE-3A36-4AB1-839E-0C038FCA051D%7D
Obama Voices Support for ODF (Peter Galli, eWeek)
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2219248,00.asp
ODF VS OOXML: Library support shootout
http://digg.com/programming/ODF_VS_OOXML_Library_support_shootout
OpenOffice.org 2.3 Impresses (Tiffany Maleshefski, eWeek)
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2224467,00.asp
KDE takes stand on OOXML; GNOME dithers (Sam Varghese, itWire)
http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/15738/1091/
Sun to Offer Backline Support for OpenOffice.org (Peter Galli, eWeek)
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2235863,00.asp
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