The OpenDocument format (ODF), short for the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications, is an open document file format for saving and exchanging editable office documents such as text documents (including memos, reports, and books), spreadsheets, charts, and presentations. This standard was developed by the OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) industry consortium, based upon the XML-based file format originally created by OpenOffice.org. OASIS is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. The consortium produces more Web services standards than any other organization along with standards for security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets.
Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries. Some of the major corporations involved are IBM, Sun, Adobe, Intel, and Novell. On Friday, IBM and Sun held a private meeting to help rally the OpenDocument industry. IBM Workplace is among the many products in the industry today that support OpenSource while other products such as Microsoft Office do not support OpenDocument. The Massachusetts government is reviewing moving to OpenDocument applications starting in 2007. OpenDocument in my mind is the wave of the future for document retention. In 2010, the last thing I want to have to do is purchase Microsoft Office to view common formats. OpenDocument will allow the documents of yesterday be compatible with the technology of tomorrow.