Daily Links for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Standards Netherlands helps Denmark with open IT The Industry Standard The Dutch government has provided Denmark with information regarding the Dutch national plan Heemskerk for open government IT. In Denmark, there is heated debate about the approach for open IT usage by the government. One of the obstacles is the…

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Daily Links 01/09/2009 (p.m.)

Over ODF-congres 29 januari 2009 | OpenDocument Format Congres (Utrecht) “Op donderdag 29 januari organiseert NOiV, in samenwerking met Adobe, OpenDoc Society en Media Plaza, een congres over het OpenDocument Format te Maarssen. Aanleiding voor het ODF-congres is de verplichting die overheden hebben om vanaf 1 januari 2009 de open…

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Daily Links 01/05/2009 (a.m.)

Open Document Format Has Been Accepted By 16 Governments — Microsoft Office — InformationWeek “The Open Document Format continues to gain ground with governments as the format in which they wish to create important documents, despite Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s Office format, OOXML, being recognized as an international standard as well.”…

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My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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Pretoria ODF Users Workshop

I’m a bit tardy in reporting what happened last week at the Second International ODF Users Conference, held in Pretoria, South Africa. This was the first time I was ever in Africa, much less South Africa, and so I was very much looking forward to the trip. It did not…

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Daily Links 10/04/2008 (a.m.)

Tutorial: How to Replicate a Real Life Building in Second Life « The ARCH “One of the most frequently requested services I receive as a freelance builder and consultant in Second Life is to replicate real-life buildings. While I’ve written a lot (here, and here) about the potential for a…

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Daily Links 09/27/2008 (a.m.)

Second Life’s Popularity Rests On Breadth Of Activities — second life — InformationWeek “What is there to do in Second Life? Finding your way around and learning about what to do there can be tricky for newcomers. Here is some information to help you get started.” tags: OB, virtual worlds,…

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Remarks on the IBM Standards Principles

It’s been an interesting day as I’ve watched the various responses to the publication of the IBM Standards Principles. As I hoped, they raised some issues and started some debates. I suspect that longtime readers of this blog will find themes in the principles that I have discussed here before.…

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Daily Links 09/03/2008 (a.m.)

PC World – Business Center: Nations Question ISO’s Merit Following Dropped OOXML Appeals “In a statement made at the Congresso Internacional Sociedade e Governo Electronico (CONSEGI) 2008 conference, representatives from three of the four countries that appealed against an April 1 vote to approve OOXML as a standard — Brazil,…

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Daily Links 09/02/2008 (p.m.)

ODF approved as Swedish Standard – Peter Krantz Follow link for text of Swedish standard. tags: OB, standards, ODF CORRECTED – ISO Microsoft vote sparks dissent amid IT bodies | Reuters “A decision to dismiss appeals against the controversial fast-track approval of a Microsoft (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)…

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Open letter to ISO/IEC from 6 countries on OOXML fiasco

News came out over the weekend that representatives from six countries—Brazil, South Africa, Venezuela, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Cuba—have written an open letter to the ISO and IEC criticizing the handling of the OOXML appeals. See, for example, Groklaw: “CONSEGI 2008 Declaration — Open Letter to ISO Reveals More OOXML Issues”…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #7: Standards

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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Daily Links 07/22/2008 (p.m.)

Open Source India: ISO/IEC and OOXML: The judge, the jury and the hangman “Creating an alternate standards organization will be an exceedingly tough task, but standards are not an area where compromises can be tolerated. Standards govern our lives in a million different ways and the common man and woman…

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OOXML appeals: Now or never

Rob Weir has published an extensive blog entry detailing why the OOXML appeals process should be allowed to go on. He says, in part, Dismissing an appeal with so many open unresolved issue is not expediency. It is merely creating more dissent, more distrust and more trouble that we’ll all…

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Alex Brown: OOXML will be second to ODF

You’ve got to love Google Alerts. This morning I got this link to a Press Release from Giffin Brown with the title “OOXML will take second place following Microsoft’s announcement to support ODF, says Dr Alex Brown”. Alex was the convenor of the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva in…

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Update on ISO/IEC appeals regarding OOXML

Groklaw and Andy Updegrove have the latest news of the appeal process for OOXML in ISO/IEC. See Groklaw: “ISO to TMB: Here Are the Appeals Against OOXML; They Should Be Denied” Andy Updegrove: “ISO TMB Recommends Rejection of OOXML Appeals” I fully support Andy’s conclusions and the opinions of the…

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Daily Links 06/27/2008 (p.m.)

Open Source Nokia-Symbian Pressures Apple, Microsoft, RIM Interesting, gutsy move by Nokia, and the resulting competition will be good for all. tags: OB, Nokia, open source 451 CAOS Theory » The vocabulary of open source development models “It has occurred to me recently that open source is missing an agreed…

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Daily Links 06/14/2008 (p.m.)

Document standards row heats up – 13 Jun 2008 – Computing “Standards body the Open Document Format (ODF) Alliance closed ranks with the European Commission (EC) against Microsoft today, issuing a statement applauding the commission’s vociferous endorsement of the ODF standard in an effort to avoid vendor lock-in on document…

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Daily Links 06/13/2008 (p.m.)

AMD hopes to wreak Havok on physics with new partnership “Havok was acquired by Intel last November, which means the company is working with Intel’s rival with Intel’s blessing. Physics, to adapt an adage about politics, can apparently make for strange bedfellows, and ATI is probably the glue that will…

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Canadian Library Association’s pro-ODF resolution

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques published several resolutions at their 63rd Annual General Meeting on May 24th in Vancouver. One that is of special interest to me is Resolution 1, “CLA/ACB Resolution on Open File Format Standards”. It reads, in part, Be it resolved that CLA support the…

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