Free/Libre and Open Standards

It is said that vendor-defendant file and communications formats are the "second hand smoke" issue of the Internet. Before consumers/citizens can be said to have choice on ICT there must be a strong government support for free/libre and vendor neutral standards.

OASIS submits OpenDocument to ISO

An article by Martin LaMonica Staff Writer, CNET includes:

"We believe OpenDocument's approval by ISO/IEC JTC1…will serve as a gratifying endorsement, making OpenDocument even more accessible to adopters--particularly those implementing business solutions for governments--who look to ISO for assurance of long-term viability," said OASIS representative Carol Geyer.

The importance of the OpenDocument format for office productivity

Time Bray gave a keynote (audio/video/text online) at the conference about the importance of the OpenDocument format for office suites. He compared the impact that OpenDocument will have on regular documents to the kick-off of the web with selection of HTML as file format.

Massachusetts Makes Smart Move Official

This eWeek article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols includes:

Opinion: Switch to OpenDocument format will make state documents more accessible to the public because anyone can have the software to read the format.

What would you say to the Canadian motion picture industry about digital distribution?

As part of the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival there will be a panel on Saturday September 24 titled "Digital Distribution: Technology and the Entertainment Industry". Along with Fading Ways Music musician Johnny Charmer, I will be participating in this panel. While this panel will not allow for speeches, the following is what I would like to say and I will try to bring different aspects of it into the discussion whenever possible.

I do not believe that people downloading and sharing music or movies without authorization is a sign of some type of moral decay in otherwise law-abiding Canadians. While there are a small few that may want something for nothing, the vast majority are expressing some unfulfilled need that they would pay for if what they wanted was available commercially.

Opening the potential of

This MacDevCenter article by Jono Bacon includes: is critically important. With such compelling features, attractive licensing, cross platform support, and such simple installation, plays a key role in not only moving businesses to Open Source, but also in propagating the important OpenDocument format. This is already happening in earnest with large government migrations such as Massachusetts. As governments, schools and businesses move over to due to not only a better software and license offering but the eventual adoption of OpenDocument, I suspect we will see a steady growth in adoption.

FEMA's IE-Only Form: Just What Katrina Victims Don't Need

This opinion piece by Jim Rapoza includes:

By not writing to standards, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has created an unnecessary hurdle for many hurricane victims seeking aid who have already endured too much.

An interview with Linus Torvalds

An interview with Linus Torvalds, founder of the Linux kernel project, by John Paczkowski includes:

Microsoft really is a fairly interesting vendor in this space. Unlike most proprietary vendors, it's one of the very few ones whose bread and butter comes directly from its commodity market, and even its specialized offerings often sell because of its near dominance of a market that certainly looks to be commoditized over the next decade or so.

So it's no wonder that Microsoft is one of the very few players who really don't seem to like open source. Most other vendors seem to see open source as a platform that they can ride on, while to MS it's a threat to how they do business.

Digital Security Coalition Concerned over Copyright Bill


Digital Security Coalition Concerned over Copyright Bill

IT security research and technology decries new liability for circumvention of technological protection measures

Ottawa, ON – June 20, 2005 – The Digital Security Coalition ( ), a coalition of Canada’s leading security research businesses, today expressed concern with Bill C-60, the government’s draft copyright legislation. The legislation proposes to introduce a series of new rights to benefit copyright holders, including prohibitions on the circumvention of technological protection measures (TPMs) and on tampering with rights management information (RMI). Rights holders use TPMs and RMI like digital locks to regulate access to and use of digital content.

The Importance of Open Access, Open Source, and Open Standards for Libraries


The open access, open source software, and open standards concepts have been garnering increased attention in the field of librarianship and elsewhere. These concepts and their benefits and importance to libraries are examined. Benefits include lower costs, greater accessibility, and better prospects for long-term preservation of scholarly works.

Read full article by Edward M. Corrado in "Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship"...

Approval of OpenDocument v1.0 as OASIS Standard

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) has announced that the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 Specification has been approved as an OASIS Standard.

This format is intended to be a replacement of vendor independent formats including the popular DOC, XLS, and PPT formats used by Microsoft Office, or the Wordperfect files formats.

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