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[News] IBM Gains from Choosing the International Documents Standard (ODF)

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The Importance of the Open Standards Decision on Marketing WebSphere

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| Fair play: “Proprietary data and document formats are becoming increasingly 
| disdained—why should I have to buy a specific piece of software to look at my 
| data? Many governments are beginning to look at this closely, mandating use 
| of open data and document formats, such as OpenDocument format (ODF). They 
| feel it is important that a citizen should not have to purchase a particular 
| vendor’s technology to access public information. In addition, countries that 
| are trying to compete on a global market see that standards help level the 
| playing field. Just add my unique function on top of the entire process.”       


IBM Unveils Mac Support, Roadmap For Lotus Symphony

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| The 2009 version calls for 60 new features that included developing the 
| software entirely on version 1.2 of the OpenDocument format and OpenOffice 
| 3.0 code base.   
| [...]
| Lotus Symphony is available at no charge by IBM, which also uses the software 
| as part of the company's Open Collaboration Client Solution, which also 
| includes the Lotus Notes e-mail client and the Lotus Sametime instant 
| messaging client. The OCCS suite ships on Linux as an alternative desktop to 
| Microsoft Windows.    


Sun, IBM launch ODF tools project

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| IBM and Sun Microsystems yesterday released the OpenDocument Format (ODF) 
| Toolkit Union, a new open-source software community project to make it easier 
| for developers to use and develop ODF applications.  



OASIS Members Form Committee to Advance Interoperability and Conformance of
OpenDocument Format (ODF) Applications

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| OASIS, the international open standards consortium, has formed a new group to
| help implementors create applications that conform to the OpenDocument Format
| (ODF) OASIS Standard. ODF defines a genuinely open XML file format for office
| productivity applications, including text, spreadsheets, charts, graphs,
| presentations, and databases. The new OASIS ODF Interoperability and
| Conformance (OIC) Committee will work to ensure that the growing number of
| ODF-compliant applications are able to interoperate and conform to the
| standard.


We’re more committed to ODF than ever: SA government

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| Open standards are critical in ensuring that the South African government
| both avoids vendor lock-in and promotes democracy. This is according to South
| Africa’s minister of home affairs, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
| In a prepared speech for the opening of the recent Second International ODF
| conference in Pretoria, Mapisa-Nqakula said that the department of home
| affairs was “forging ahead to make open standards a priority” to ensure
| future ability to process and share documents “using formats which have
| significant impact on the efficiency, interoperability and accessibility of
| public services”.

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