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[News] World Demands ODF, OpenOffice.org and ODF Come to Beijing

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| It is better to store information in open format: it is only then we can be 
| sure of owning information. In keeping our office documents in open format, 
| we have taken the right step and I have no doubt that a bright future awaits 
| us.   


ODF Workshop Agenda at OpenOffice.org Conference 2008

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| Members of the OASIS ODF Adoption TC and the new OASIS ODF Interoperability 
| and Conformance TC will meet and participate in a full day workshop on 
| November 6, 2008 in Beijing.  


ODF Update

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| Nothing of interplanetary significance to report, I'm glad to report steady 
| progress on all fronts. 
| As many of you already know, standards maintenance consists of two main 
| activities: 
|    1. Defect removal through the issuance of corrections to published 
|    standards (variously called "errata" or "corrigenda", depending on your 
|    zodiacal sign)  
|    2. Revision, through the issuance of updated (and presumably improved) 
|    versions of the standard. 
| The OASIS ODF TC has been active in both maintenance activities, with some 
| notable milestones in the past week or so on both fronts. 



New additions to remote desktop access

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| No need to create an account with the service to generate a presentation.
| Once a presentation is created you can download it to your desktop as a
| PowerPoint file (2007 or 97), or as an Opendocument or as a PDF file. Of
| course, if you wish to save this presentation on the service’s server, you
| need to register with the service.


Pretoria ODF Users Workshop

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| What always strikes me at such gatherings is the passion of those who have
| committed to adopting ODF. You get people who have decided for all the usual
| reasons that ODF makes sense for their use, or that of their department, or
| their agency, or their government. We’re seeing interesting and varying
| bottom up, top down, and middle out patterns of adoption in different parts
| of the world.


ODF Going Global

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| Marino Marcich of the ODF Alliance pointed out that there are now
| organisations from 62 countries represented in his membership, and I'm left
| with the strong of impression of a growing global community of practice in
| governments of every kind, both politically and geographically. From small
| roots ODF has grown to both a global movement and a strong technology,
| spreading wherever fair-minded people are willing to take a stand. It's been
| worth the trip.


Sweden: ODF made national standard

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| The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) approved the Open Document Format (ODF)
| as a national standard, the ODF Alliance reported this week.
| "Sweden now joins Brazil, Croatia, Italy, South Korea, and South Africa as
| countries whose national standards bodies have formal approved this
| standard", the ODF advocacy organisation writes in this week's newsletter.


Brazil begins using the Open Document Format

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| The Brasília Protocol (now translated to English) started the process of
| implementation of the Open Document Format (ODF) within the Brazilian
| Government. The Protocol was signed during the opening of CONSEGI 2008 by
| Bank of Brazil, Serpro, Dataprev, Post Office and Telegraph State Company
| (ECT), INPE (Institute of Spacial Researches), INPI (Institute of
| Intellectual Property), Ministry of Exterior Relations and others. All the
| institutions who signed the protocol are assuming the commitment to use the
| ODF standard, make it available to society-at-large, exchange documents
| between themselves in this format and to share solutions in open format. The
| news is on ODF Alliance website.


ODF approved as Swedish Standard

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| Without making a press release or public announcement the Swedish Standards
| Institute has formally approved ODF 1.0 as a national standard. Only the “SS”
| prefix in SS-ISO/IEC 26300:2008 give away the status of the document.


Brazilian Government Formalizes its Intention to Adopt ODF

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| Some very significant bodies of the Brazilian Government and government-owned
| corporations have just signed an agreement to adopt Open Document Format as
| their standard format for the exchange of electronic documents.


Melaka City Council's OSS migration and savings

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| In our ongoing series of Free and Open Source Software deployments in
| Malaysia, OpenMalaysiaBlog is proud to highlight the efforts of the City
| Council of Melaka. They were one of the first few departments to migrate
| completely to OpenOffice.org (98% of their 300 hundred seats. They need to
| retain a few copies of MS Office for some difficult proprietary files). Back
| in 8 December 2006, the Mayor of Melaka, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Haji Zaini bin Mohd
| Nor, presented "Successful Deployment Of OpenOffice In The Public Sector
| Seminar" and was very enthusiastic about OpenOffice.org.


The State of Kedah moves to OpenOffice.org

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| A case study submitted to the Open Source Competency Center by the Center of
| Information Technology, Office of the Chief Minister and State Secretary of
| Kedah, has indicated that OpenOffice.org has been installed in 70% of the
| computers in the Kedah state government agencies. There are currently 2,202
| installed seats and by the looks of it, the numbers will just keep rising!


The entire State of Pahang moves to OpenOffice.org

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| Its just been made official that the State of Pahang is migrating all its
| productivity suites to OpenOffice.org. This succint memo from the State
| Secretary of Pahang entitled "Perlaksanaan Penggunaan Perisian OpenOffice.Org
| Di Semua Agensi dan Pentadbiran Negeri" (translated: "Implementation of
| OpenOffice.org suite in all State Agencies and Administrative centres")
| outlines the reasons for migrating, the benefits and how to proceed.


French hospital migrates to OpenOffice.org

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| According to this French article, the French hospital of Thiers is migrating
| its 150 desktops to OpenOffice.org in order to spend money on training
| instead of licenses.


Huge Success for the ODF Community

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| OpenOffice.org, which is just one implementation of ODF, is currently being
| downloaded more than 1.2M times per week and being distributed by popular
| hardware products like the Asus Eee PC. Government organizations around the
| world are adopting OpenOffice.org and/or ODF and have started to help each
| other with their adoption challenges. Thus, ODF has become a "market force"
| that can't be ignored anymore. Thus, again, congratulations and thank you to
| all the people who have contributed to the success of OpenOffice.org and ODF
| so far! Well done!

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