The ODF alliance (http://www.odfalliance.org ) recently applauded Brazil's decision to recommend ODF as the government's preferred format (e-Ping Interoperability Framework version 2.0); India's decision to use ODF at a major state government agency; Italy's decision to recognize ODF as a national standard (www.uninfo.polito.it/SC34/SC34_Norme.htm#26300 ), and Poland for demonstrating serious interest in adopting ODF in the wake of a national meeting held for its government with broad participants from industry and non-profit agencies (http://www.odfalliance.org/press/Release20061128.pdf ). So here is the global 2006 tally of public policy supporting ODF and other important information:
1. Seven National governments:
- Brazil, France, Germany have released Interoperability Frameworks calling out ODF
- Belgium, Croatia, and Norway recognize ODF/open standards in Fedral Government ICT guidance or policy papers
- Denmark made a parlimentary decision on the need for open standards in digital exchanges
2. Two country national standard bodies
- Italy approved ODF as a National Standard
- Malaysia is in the process to do likewise
3. Four State Governments:
- Massachusetts, USA has reiterated its commitment to implement ODF
- Extremadura, Spain has agreed to use ODF for document exchange
- Hong Kong, China recognizes ODF in its interoperability framework
- Minnesota, USA submitted a bill (although not approved) supporting open standards and ODF
4. Four governments have sponsored ODF focused events:
- India, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand
More information on these policy actions can be found http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/GlobalViewODFPolicy.pdf .
5. In addition to policy decisions, nearly 50 federal agencies and state/local bodies across the globe are using office applications that support ODF. See http://opendocumentfellowship.org/government/precedent .
6. Cost saving case studies on significant savings achieved by governments moving to ODF supported applications have been summarized and shared by the Alliance at http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/PrelimCostAssess20061109.pdf .
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