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OpenForum Europe Challenges Governments to Walk the Open Format Walk

The Standards Blog - Andy Updegrove - OpenForum Europe, an advocacy group focusing on IT openness in government, issued a press release earlier today announcing its launch of a new public Internet portal. At that site, anyone can report a government page that offers a document intended for collaborative use for downloading if that document is not available in an OpenDocument Format (ODF) compliant version. The portal is called FixMyDocuments.eu, and you can show your support for the initiative (as I have) by adding your name here (the first supporter listed is the EU's indominatable digital champion, Neelie Kroes).

The announcement coincides with the beginning of another initiative, Global Legislative Openness Week, which will involve global activities annd "events hosted by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership and members of the parliamentary openness community." A full calendar of events is here.

Both activities follow close on the heels of the late July announcement by the UK Cabinet Office that ODF compliance will henceforth be required for all collaborative documents. However, government agencies in the UK (along with their counterparts in Brussels) have too often failed in the past to follow such openness dictates.