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Subject: Fwd: FW: First set of format descriptions for ODF


Francis Cave forwarded this report on "sustainability of ODF documents."

I haven't read the report but look forward to hearing your reactions.

Hope everyone is at the start of a great weekend!


PS: Thanks Francis!

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Subject: FW: First set of format descriptions for ODF
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 15:58:04 +0100
From: Francis Cave <francis@franciscave.com>
To: Patrick Durusau <patrick@durusau.net>

Hi Patrick


I have received the message below from Caroline Arms, a contractor working for the Library of Congress whose brief is to report on the “sustainability” of office document file formats. Please could you forward this to other members of the ODF TC, who are likely to be interested in what she is saying about the sustainability of ODF documents.


I will also forward this to the WG 6 list.


Kind regards,






From: Arms, Caroline
Sent: 24 September 2015 15:23
Subject: First set of format descriptions for ODF


The first batch of format descriptions for ODF has just gone into production:  one for the ODF family as a whole, two for different versions of the package format (1.1 and 1.2), and two for the corresponding versions for .odt.


http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/fdd/fdd000247.shtml  is the one for the family, from which you can navigate to the others.


Feel free to share it with WG6 and other knowledgeable folks and encourage them to let us know if there are errors or significant omissions.  Please remind people that the list of formats [ http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/fdd/browse_list.shtml ] for which we have produced descriptions is not a list of recommended formats, but a list of formats that are likely to be found in library collections, particularly libraries that collect unpublished materials, including “papers” of significant individuals or organizations (which now typically get delivered as or accompanied by files on disks many years after the files were created).  The primary audience is people faced with the challenge of preserving for the long term content that they didn’t create. 


The ODF spreadsheet formats for ODF 1.1 and 1.2 will be next, but with no firm commitment on timing.


Should you wish to comment on these format descriptions, you should use the Contact link [ http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/contact_format.shtml ] that appears on every page on the site.


Caroline Arms

Library of Congress Contractor

Co-compiler of Sustainability of Digital Formats resource    http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/


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