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[News] Germany Wants Open Standards, ODF Plugfest Summarised

  • Subject: [News] Germany Wants Open Standards, ODF Plugfest Summarised
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 17:38:29 +0000
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DE: German government wants open standards and open source

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| The newly elected German government plans 
| to support open standards and open source 
| software. In its four-year coalition 
| contract, the government led by chancellor 
| Angela Merkel, writes it wants to orient 
| its IT systems on open standards and 
| include open source solutions.
| Together with its sister party CSU and her 
| liberal coalition partner (FDP), the 
| government parties have constructed a 133 
| page coalition contract, which, in the 
| chapter "Information and Media Society" 
| declares intentions to expand e-Government 
| by increasing electronic communication 
| options for both citizens and enterprises.


ODF Plugfest: Open Standards and Interoperability

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| European Public Administrations urge to 
| join Standards Settings Organizations, in 
| order to avoid poor interoperability and 
| also to influence standards definition, if 
| needed (signature enabled version of ODF, 
| just to name one of them).
| Open Standards are first and foremost 
| about participation, implementersâ good-
| will is a good thing, but maybe not 
| (always) enough. Until now standards 
| compliance in this field is only a self-
| certification process, maybe Europe should 
| start think ing about a more formal 
| approach.



DE: Interior minister: 'Open source reduces vendor lock-in and monopolies'

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| Using open source helps to avoid being locked-in by IT vendors
| and prevents IT services monopolies, says Wolfgang SchÃuble,
| Germany's minister of the Interior.
| "Free software has several other benefits, such as increasing
| the security of IT, because the source code can be verified,
| and enhancement of innovation, because anyone can participate
| in the development of such software", SchÃuble writes on
| Abgeordnetewatch.

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