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[News] Obama Wants Open Standards (ODF)

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Obama Administration To Require Government Agencies to Make Information Available in Open Formats

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| The Obama Administration's Open Government 
| Directive was unveiled today. Concerning 
| open formats the key provisions are:
| âeach agency shall take prompt steps to 
| expand access to information by making it 
| available online in open formats...â..To 
| the extent practicable and subject to 
| valid restrictions, agencies should 
| publish information online in an open 
| format that can be retrieved, downloaded, 
| indexed, and searched by commonly used web 
| search applications. An open format is one 
| that is platform independent, machine 
| readable, and made available to the public 
| without restrictions that would impede the 
| re-use of that information........â
| Just give us the data! That's been the 
| mantra of open-government enthusiasts, 
| developers among them, who have created 
| mashups â web-based tools that make the 
| reams of government data more accessible 
| and, importantly, put this data to 
| effective public use. For example, Stumble 
| Safely, highlighted in a recent New York 
| Times article, links data regarding 
| incidents of crime with popular locations, 
| such as bars, restaurants and 
| transportation hubs to help guide people 
| home safely after a night out.



Open Source, Open Standards and ReâUse: Government Action Plan

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| Open Source has been one of the most significant cultural developments in IT
| and beyond over the last two decades: it has shown that individuals, working
| together over the Internet, can create products that rival and sometimes beat
| those of giant corporations; it has shown how giant corporations themselves,
| and Governments, can become more innovative, more agile and more
| cost-effective by building on the fruits of community work; and from its IT
| base the Open Source movement has given leadership to new thinking about
| intellectual property rights and the availability of information for reâuse
| by others.

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