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Subject: RE: [opendocument-users] Open Government Dialogue on Document Formats

See OMB circular A-119.


Although this refers to use in "procurement and regulatory" activities, 
certain geospatial agencies use this directive to justify participation in 
ISO TC/211 for the development of the ISO 19100 series of voluntary 
consensus standards, and subsequently advocating the adoption thereof. The 
geospatial app domain is highly analgous to the office app domain, in that 
there is only one major commercial player and information is beginning to 
transition from proprietary storage/transaction formats to open ones.

Now if only we had a gov't agency for office documents... :) 


"Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamilton@acm.org> wrote on 06/01/2009 
04:50:06 PM:

> This seems to confuse open source and open standards.  Furthermore, 
> it seems to use the Open Source OpenOffice.org software as an 
> example, rather than the OASIS Open Document Format. 
> Maybe this could be tidied up?  (I see there is a comment there 
> about this on the first link.)  It strikes me that the key idea for 
> open government is the use of open formats, and that we should be 
> precise about that.  (Having there be open-source implementations be
> available is an interesting secondary criterion, but we should not 
> collapse the two together, in my opinion.)
>  - Dennis
> From: Patrick Gannon [mailto:gannon@sierra.net] 
> Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 14:45
> To: opendocument-users@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [opendocument-users] Open Government Dialogue on Document 

> To all ODF Developers/Users in the USA,
> Vote on these item on the Open Government Dialogue: 
> Document Formats
> "Additionally, the government should standardize on open source free
> formats and require these for all reports written for or by the 
> government (e.g. the Open Source Open Office formats)."
> http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3582-4049
> Mandate open formats in all government documents
> http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/2483-4049

> Patrick Gannon
> pgannon@gmail.com

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