Peter Quinn Resigns in MA, but state is “moving steadily” toward ODF adoption

Peter Quinn, CIO of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, announced his resignation effective January 9. Mr. Quinn and others have commented on the reasons, so I’ll not repeat them here, but I’ve provided a few links to relevant articles and postings. Start with the Boston Globe piece and work backwards. Quinn…

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Roundup of Massachusetts and ODF stories and blog entries for the last couple of days

Spurred by the Massachusetts meeting yesterday as well as some West Coast action, there’s just been a ton of ODF-related stories hitting the web in the last 48 hours. Here’s some of it, but with some cautions: Massachusetts has NOT adopted the Microsoft XML formats, they have only stated that…

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Libraries associations come out with major endorsement for OpenDocument Format

See Martin Lamonica’s CNet blog entry “OpenDocument discussion veers toward consumers”, Ed Oswald’s BetaNews article “Librarians Voice Support for OpenDoc”, and Computer Business Review’s “US libraries back Massachusetts ODF plan” (there is a typo in the last paragraph: they mean Massachusetts, not Microsoft). Here is the text of the letter…

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IBM Opening Remarks at the Open Forum on the Future of Electronic Data Formats for the Commonwealth

These are the opening remarks that I planned to give at the meeting at the Massachusetts State House this morning. What I actually said varied from this since I couldn’t resist ad libbing a bit. In any case, this is the gist of it and I think it directly gives…

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Media coverage of new IBM licensing program for venture-backed startups

As promised, here are some of the stories that are appearing about the new licensing initiative for venture-backed startups: CRN: “IBM Launches Licensing Program For 40,000 Patents” Linux Insider: “IBM Kicks Off New IP Licensing Program” ZDNet: “IBM woos start-ups” Red Herring“IBM Opens Patents to VCs”

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New IBM licensing program for venture-backed startups

Today IBM announced a new program to help make it easier for venture-backed startups to have access to our patent portfolio. The press release is here, but it is short and succinct enough for me to include in this entry. I’ll post a list of some of the stories appearing…

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Via Groklaw, CCIA’s letter to ECMA to reject Microsoft’s Proposal

See “CCIA Calls on ECMA to Reject MS’s Proposal”. If you want to go right to the PDF, it is here. Here is an excerpt from near the end: Because open standards are by definition controlled by no single party, they facilitate interoperation among suppliers, partners, peers, and customers. Standards…

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WebSphere Developer Technical Journal

The November/December 2004 edition of the IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal is now online and contains several articles about SOA and Web services. Accelerated JSF development for XML-based SOA using Rational Application Developer and WebSphere Application Server — Part 1: Introducing the XSD SDO transform feature Modeling compensation in WebSphere…

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ALERT – Read, Think, Respond: ECMA Terms of Reference for Microsoft Specs

Well, the details of the proposed ECMA technical committee for the Microsoft XML formats has been made public over in Andy Updegrove’s blog and there has been some subsequent commentary: Updegrove blog: “Terms of Microsoft’s Ecma Submission” Martin Lamonica at CNet: “Microsoft’s Office standard plan gets legal parsing” Groklaw: “The…

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Standards Amplifiers

Several months ago I posted an entry called called “Standards and open source: they are not unrelated” where I made some points around the connections between standards and open source. Open source libraries that implement standards are what I call “standards amplifiers” because they take something that should be widely…

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ODF, XForms, Accessibility: Connecting the Dots

I’ve been meaning to point to the blog entry by David Berlind called “ODF subpar for the disabled? Not so fast says Google researcher” and add a comment. First, T.J. Raman was a colleague of mine when I was in IBM Research as well as later when I first moved…

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