Essay on Massachusetts and OpenDocument

I’ve referenced this before, but since it’s been updated, I’ll point to it again. David Wheeler has a good, comprehensive essay over at “Why OpenDocument Won (and Microsoft Office Open XML Didn’t)”. One point that you shouldn’t miss is around GPL. Microsoft has now said itself that its Office XML…

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Corel, WordPerfect, and OpenDocument

Another more supporter of OpenDocument enters the fray: “WordPerfect Will Support OpenDocument … Someday”. With SunOffice 8 out, plus OpenOffice, plus future Lotus Workplace support, plus maybe KOffice running on Windows within a year (rumor, don’t bet on this yet), looks like we’ll have lots of choices.

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Berlind on Massachusetts’ due diligence on the OpenDocument decision

See his latest ZDNet entry, which includes this quote: But, the clarity, the mission, the thoroughness and the goals under which the Massachusetts officials were operating were the stuff that IT case studies should be made of. This is a group of people that in no uncertain terms (1) understood…

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Breaking News: Massachusetts mandated use of OpenDocument is FINAL

Massachusetts just published the final Enterprise Technical Reference Model Version 3.5 and OASIS OpenDocument is still required. Here’s the relevant portion of the document TECHNOLOGY SPECIFICATION: OASIS OPEN DOCUMENT FORMAT FOR OFFICE APPLICATIONS (OPENDOCUMENT)Description The OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) is a standardized XML-based file format specification…

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More from the Boston Globe on OpenDocument : talking about OpenDocument and customer choice

The Boston Globe has run another article on the OpenDocument development in Massachusetts: “Policy deals blow to Microsoft: State adopting a new format for documents”. The article contains a quote from the executive director of the Initiative for Software Choice. This was set up in 2002 by CompTIA, an organization…

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Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe

This is the text of a letter I sent to the Boston Globe last week in response to an article they published about the Massachusetts CIO’s decision to mandate the OASIS OpenDocument standard. They didn’t print the letter, but I thought it would be interesting to make it available here.…

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Grading open standards: what does purely open mean?

People stop me all the time and they ask, “Bob, what is an open standard?” And I tell them, well it depends, but if you read my blog you would have an idea of some possible answers. They then look really scared and I never see them again. All kidding…

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Stephen R. Walli on Microsoft, standards, Massachusetts

Stephen Walli, former Microsoft exec, has posted a very interesting and thoughtful blog entry “Microsoft, Massachusetts and a Standards Primer”. Here’s a sample Proprietary specifications of de facto technologies are NOT standards. They don’t exist to encourage multiple implementations of the technology for the consumer, but rather to encourage multiple…

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eWeek Editorial Board on Massachusetts

In an opinion piece published yesterday (“State’s Open Document Dispute Raises Legacy Questions”), eWeek’s Editorial Board has come out in support of the decision by the State of Massachusetts to support the OASIS OpenDocument standard. The piece concludes Government is trusted with preserving for its citizens the integrity of their…

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Microsoft strikes back at Massachusetts

See the Boston Globe story “Microsoft fights bid to drop Office software”. Remember, the Massachusetts ruling on open standards does not rule out the use of Microsoft software: they have the choice to implement them. Note that Microsoft decided to copy the governor: perhaps Massachusetts citizens who support the decision…

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UN document on open standards

This is a draft, I’m not supposed to cite or quote it, but it is from the United Nations Development Programme’s Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme: “Free/Open Source Software: Open Standards”. They discuss the OASIS OpenDocument Format along with many other things. Interestingly, the report itself is available in both PDF…

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Myths of Technical Neutrality

“Technical neutrality” is a term used these days, usually by government agencies though also in private enterprise, to indicate the commandment “Thou shalt state no preference between open source and proprietary software.” When used in the most well-meaning sense, the usual intent is that ideology, politics, economic and market theories,…

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Your move to SOA should be a move to open

With the increasing use of open standards and open source, often brought about because of the transition to service oriented architecture (SOA), it’s important to stop and think strategically about your IT systems from the “open” perspective. To me, this means trying to temporarily put aside some of the other…

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Breaking news: Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems

The “Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems”, sponsored by IBM and Oracle, was released this morning. It is a very good read. From the Introduction: Technology transformative power has always been a source of great expectations and challenges. Today, globalization, fueled by information and communication technologies (ICT), is rapidly changing every…

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