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FixMyDocument and Global Legislative Openness

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - Back in July, I wrote about the huge win for open standards when the UK government announced that it would be adopting ODF for sharing or collaborating on government documents. I also implored the open community to support this initiative in every way it could to ensure that it took root and maybe even spread. So I'm delighted to see that Open Forum Europe has done just that with a new site called FixMyDocument.eu. (Although I am a "fellow" of the associated Open Forum Academy, I had nothing to do with this.) Here's how it explains the initiative:

A number of public administrations throughout Europe have decided to support the Open Document format (ODF) when communicating with the public. FixMyDocuments.eu is a campaign to help them implement their decision effectively.

On this platform, you can :

Show your support for the campaign by signing the statement on open document formats.

Report web pages which fail to make documents available or accept submissions in ODF.

Consult the central listing of reported web pages.

Learn more about this campaign.

Apparently the name was inspired by mySociety's FixMyStreet site where members of the public can report problems with graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, or street lighting that they come across in the UK - a great use of crowdsourced knowledge. Applying the same technique to problems with documents that people encounter is an inspired idea, and I urge people to contribute if they can.

According to a new press release [.pdf] from the Open Forum Europe, this launch is part of Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW):