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The Evolving ODF Environment: Spotlight on KOffice

There are already multiple implementations of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) in the marketplace. Why do adopt a standard - and therefore by definition go head to head with their competitors?

ODF Approved by ISO/IEC Members

The six month voting window for ISO/IEC adoption of the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard closed on May 1, and at midnight (Geneva time) last night it was announced internally that ODF had been approved by the ISO members eligible and interested in casting a vote.

Solving the Standards Stakeholder Conundrum

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Consortium Standards Bulletin; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 28, 2006 6:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
With more than a million standards in place in the world today, it is axiomatic that we are all profoundly affected by their existence. Yet only a very small number of people are involved in the creation of these standards, relative to the billions that are impacted by their implementation.

Peter Quinn Returns to Private Sector

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 20, 2006 2:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Like many that have followed the OpenDocument Format (ODF) story in Massachusetts, I've wondered what former State CIO Peter Quinn would eventually decide to do after announcing his resignation late last year.

Gutierrez on the Record: A Good Man in a Storm

When Peter Quinn announced the adoption of the new Massachusetts Enterprise Technology Reference Model (which included the OpenDocument Format) in September of last year, he specified January 1, 2007 as the conversion date for ODF. But did that make sense?

OpenSPARC and Power.org: Which One has it Right?

Last summer, IBM set up Power,org, to promote its PowerPC chip as what it called "open hardware." This year, Sun launched the OpenSPARC.net open source project around the source code for its Niagera microprocessor. But what does "open" mean in the context of hardware?

The Minnesota Open Formats Bill: Bandwagon or Babel?

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 10, 2006 10:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
It is perhaps no surprise that Minnesota, a blue state like Massachusetts and heir to the political traditions of the Prairie Populists, should be the next state to host a bill to require "open data formats." In spirit, this is a good thing, as it indicates a broadening appeal for open document format standards that, if missing, would be worrisome.

Update: Massachusetts ODF Milestones, Due Dates and Schedule

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 7, 2006 4:32 PM EDT)
Things have been busy in Massachusetts this year for ODF. Some of the roadblocks that had loomed ahead are now behind, and some new ones are ahead.

Bill Introduced in Minnesota to Require Use of "Open Data Formats"

A bill has been introduced in Minnesota that would require all Executive branch agencies to "use open standards in situations where the other requirements of a project do not make it technically impossible to do this."

The text of the bill is focused specifically on "open data formats." While the amendment does not refer to open source software, the definition of "open standards" that it contains would be conducive to open source implementations of open standards. The fact that such a bill has been introduced is significant in a number of respects. First, the debate over open formats will now be ongoing in two U.S. states rather than one. Second, if the bill is successful, the Minnesota CIO will be required to enforce a law requiring the use of open formats, rather than be forced to justify his or her authority to do so. Third, the size of the market share that can be won (or lost) depending upon a vendor's compliance with open standards will increase. And finally, if two states successfully adopt and implement open data format policies, other states will be more inclined to follow.

Case Study II: A National Archive Moves to ODF

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 3, 2006 7:18 AM EDT)
Last week, the City of Bristol, England, anounced that it would convert its 5,500 desktops from Microsoft Office to Sun's StarOffice. Now, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) has announced that it will move its digital archives program to OpenOffice 2.0.

We Are Not Alone: Bristol City Council Converts 5,500 desktops to StarOffice

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 31, 2006 6:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Massachusetts decision to implement OpenDocument Format (ODF) has attracted so much attention that little has been directed at other end users (governmental and otherwise) that have decided to adopt ODF. But there are others.

Standards Wars: Situations, Strategies and Outcomes

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 30, 2006 8:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type:
Lately, there seem to have been more high-profile "standards wars" than ever before.

That was then and this is now: OpenSPARC.net and SPARC International

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 27, 2006 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Sun
In what must have seemed to many as a bold move, Sun Microsystems last week announced that it would released the source code for its UltraSparc T1 processor under the GPL, supported by a new organization that it calls OpenSPARC.net.

Where (if anywhere) are the Boundaries of the Open Source Concept?

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 24, 2006 10:28 AM EDT)
In the last several days there have been several stories in the news that highlight the increasing tension between ownership of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the opportunities that become available when broader, free access to those rights is made available.

The ISO Process and Schedule for ODF Comment Reconciliation

Since I posted yesterday's blog entry about Microsoft joining the ISO voting comments reconciliation subcommittee, I've received some questions about how that process works, and how long it will take.

Microsoft Joins ODF/ISO Ballot Reconciliation Committee

A few days ago, I got an email from someone with news of an interesting development in the ongoing ODF saga. Pamela Jones at Groklaw got an email as well.

A New French Revolution?

If you follow technology news or music news (or both), you doubtless know of an amendment to a French on-line copyright bill that would make it legal to thwart the digital rights protection (DRM) software of the fabulously successful Apple iTunes/iPod system.

What's Up With the ODF Alliance?

As you may recall, the ODF Alliance was formed on March 3, 2006. Given that they've already had, oh, two and a half weeks to change the world, I thought I'd check out the Alliance Website to see whether they had achieved their manifest destiny yet.

Mass. Municipalities to Have an Opportunity to Assess ODF

Last year, the IT departments of municipalities in Massachusetts became part of a war of disinformation, and later a political football, in the battle over ODF. Now, they'll have a chance to hear the whole story, and make up their own minds what is best for them, and for their constituencies.

One of the more bizarre, but less noticed threads in the OpenDocument Format (ODF) story in Massachusetts involves whether or not the many hundreds of municipalities in Massachusetts would be required to use software that supported ODF, or at least be able to work with documents created using such software when they interacted with State government. Later this month, the CIOs of Massachusetts municipalities will have a chance to get the straight story when Peter Quinn's successor Louis Gutierrez, who is implementing ODF, and State Supervisor of Public Records Alan Cote, who is critical of ODF, appear on the same stage to give their views at a meeting of the Massachusetts Government Information Systems Association.

Holding Up Both Ends of the Bargain

Boston Globe Ombudsman Richard Chacon has pledged to "examine issues of ethics and how this newspaper measures up to readers' expectations," and says he needs the help of vigilent readers. Uh, isn't the ball in his court?

I'm not a Boston Globe subscriber (I'm a Times man, myself), so it was an alert Standards Blog reader Patrick McCormick who e-mailed me to let me know that Globe ombudsman Richard Chacon had written something that I'd find interesting, and he was right. Regular readers will recall that Mr. Chacon had promised way back on December 12 of last year to look into the circumstances surrounding the writing of a Globe article that contributed to the resignation of Massachusetts State CIO Peter Quinn. No, this article is not the long anticipated report on that subject. Instead, it’s a piece titled The Ethics Project that appeared in yesterday's Sunday edition.

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