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Subject: Re: [office] Promotion of ODF thought

Hi all,

On 2012-06-26, at 14:44 , Patrick Durusau wrote:

> Greetings!
> While we await resolution on the promotion of ODF mechanism at OASIS, I had an idea that might be useful, whatever form that promotion mechanism takes.
> A number of nations are using ODF as part of their governmental infrastructures. I don't have the details but I suspect we all know people who have part of the story.

I wonder. I used to track this and the ODF Alliance did so on a more regular basis, but the transition of OpenOffice to Apache last year aborted the trajectory of such tracking, both for me and the ODF Alliance, the latter more because of issues unrelated to the transition.

> Suggestion: Why not have an ODF Nation Poster Child that rotates every two (2) months? Suspect we could get some department of government to do the PR reports, etc., which all we have to do is reflect/point to from the OASIS site.

? Not sure exactly what you mean but my guess is that this would be not a case study but close. The proposal is good, but the issue is getting the national (and more frequently sub-national) polities to come forth. Sometimes, despite the best actions and intentions, they lack the resources to do so.

> Reasoning that governments are always looking for PR and so have an interest in appearing in a favorable light. Not that they are going to give away free airline tickets or anything but just doing PR reports would be nice.

Maybe. Sorry, I'm not being cynical. I'm being realistic. I'm quite eager to ask polities to do this but I'm also prepared to be disappointed. 

> In a little bit longer run and it would take more effort, would be getting the W3C to pick up on our support for RDF in ODF 1.2 as a content management mechanism. Again, in their self-interest to do so.

I do think that w3C to pick up RDF support in ODF 1.2 is a winning idea :-)
(Svante probably would think so, too.)

> Hope everyone is having a great week!

I am. Thanks.

I would like to act on Patrick's idea. It can also work in conjunction with any other proposal that we come up with. Do keep in mind that the proposal for promotion of the ODF is not just about marketing, though that is important, but really about engaging developers and their employers so that they can more efficiently develop for the ODF. Right now, the Apache ODF Toolkit project can help in that regard but not specifically. 

That said, it is not impossibly difficult to repurpose the to-do list that Don H. had created for the ODF Adoption TC as a task list for those finding ODF meritorious.

> Patrick
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> Patrick Durusau
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> Convener, JTC 1/SC 34/WG 3 (Topic Maps)
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