ODF News Items January-October 2011

These news items are copied from the OpenDocument Fellowship’s website.

4 Oct 2011
LibreOffice Is One, Simon Phipps, Computerworld UK
“Once framed as an impetuous fork, LibreOffice has become the standard-bearer for the former OpenOffice community.”

1 Oct 2011
ODF 1.2: Approved as an OASIS Standard, Rob Weir
“Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2 has been approved. It is now an OASIS Standard.
… the enhancements we’ve made with OpenFormula, with RDFa/RDF XML semantic metadata, the digital signature support, etc.”

15 August 2011
An Invitation to the Apache ODF Toolkit, Rob Weir
“A few weeks ago we submitted a proposal to Apache to start a new project based on the Java components that were until then hosted by the ODF Toolkit Union. This was done after consulting with ODF Toolkit community and getting approval from the ODF Toolkit Union’s Steering Committee. This proposal was recently reviewed, voted on and approved by Apache. So now we have the Apache ODF Toolkit project in the Apache Incubator.”

9 August 2011
ODF Plugfest, Berlin, Rob Weir
“…the 6th ODF Plugfest took place in Berlin a few weeks ago… We tested a range of interoperability scenarios…”

The Apache Way and OpenOffice.org, Ross Gardler
Slideshow of talk given at ODF Plugfest. There is also a video of this presentation.
Some more presentations are linked from this page. See also Charles Schulz’s presentation (PDF) on The Document Foundation and LibreOffice.

14 July 2011
IBM to contribute Lotus Symphony to Apache OpenOffice.org, Heise Online
“IBM will be donating the standalone version of Lotus Symphony to the Apache OpenOffice.org project under an Apache 2.0 licence.”
See also a report from Computerworld and commentary by Andy Updegrove in The Standards Blog.

13 June 2011
OpenOffice, LibreOffice and the Scarcity Fallacy, Rob Weir
“…a small but vocal minority of non-Apache members … disagreed with the proposal… I believe that one unstated assumption in their reasoning was that there is a scarcity of developers and a scarcity of users in the personal productivity application area, and that the success of a new project can only come at the expense of another project, in this case at the expense of LibreOffice…. I believe [this assumption] to be false…”

1 June 2011
Statements on OpenOffice.org Contribution to Apache, Marketwire
“With today’s proposal to contribute the OpenOffice.org code to The Apache Software Foundation’s Incubator, Oracle continues to demonstrate its commitment to the developer and open source communities.”

Some remarks on OpenOffice going to Apache, Bob Sutor, IBM
“Earlier today, Oracle announced that they would be donating source code for OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation to start a new incubator project.”

IBM to Contribute to New, Proposed OpenOffice.org Project, IBM
“IBM today announced it will take an active, supportive role in the new OpenOffice.org code base submitted to The Apache Software Foundation Incubator… IBM will contribute staff resources to collaborate with the Apache community during the project’s incubation period to further the Open Document Format standard.”

OpenOffice moving to Apache, good news for the desktop productivity market, Ed Brill, IBM
“IBM has been an active participant in the OpenOffice.org community, and with the move to Apache, we plan to increase our efforts through human and code contribution.”

An Invitation to Apache OpenOffice, Rob Weir
“…we should all be excited to see OpenOffice move to a foundation with the stature and track-record of Apache.”

26 May 2011
Gwenell Doc: A Small and Fast ODF Text Editor, Rob Weir
Gwennel Doc, an ODF-based text editor for Microsoft Windows [has] small size and fast speed.”

5 May 2011
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About ODF 1.2, Rob Weir
“Some little known facts, all of them true, but only some of them amusing, and even then only just so, about ODF 1.2…”

25 March 2011
OASIS ODF 1.2 Committee Specification Approved, Rob Weir
“…the OASIS ODF TC approved the ODF 1.2 Committee Specification… with 17 Yes votes, 100%… There are some adminstrative tasks remaining, and we need to go through the review/approval by the general OASIS membership, but the technical work is now done.”

10 March 2011
Best Practices for Authoring Interoperable ODF Documents, Rob Weir
“The general aim … is to collect and describe guidelines for authors on how best to create interoperable (portable) ODF documents. What to do and what to avoid… I’d like to solicit for contributions of material. Maybe you have written a paper, report or blog post on this topic? …if you have a contribution you want to make… please do so on the OIC TC’s comment list.”

10 Feb 2011
The Versions of ODF, Rob Weir
“…when we look at the versions of ODF, we have more than just ODF 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3. For each of these have an OASIS and an ISO version. And for each numbered version we have published corrections, and these are reflected both in the OASIS and the ISO catalogs.”

Jan 2011
ODF Plugfest UK
“The fifth ODF plugfest will take place … on February 24/25th 2011. The ODF plugfests are an ongoing series of vendor-neutral events, bringing together implementers and stakeholders of the standard. The goal is to achieve maximum interoperability by running scenario-based tests in a hands-on manner and discuss new and proposed features of the ODF specification.”

24 Jan 2011
Aust govt enforces equal rights for open source, ZDNet
“Government agencies in Australia should actively participate in open source communities and will be required to consider open source options equally when going to tender…” How does this fit in with the previously-announced mandate for Microsoft’s Office Open XML format?

24 Jan 2011
AGIMO faces down Office standard critics, ZDNet
“The [Australian] Federal Government’s peak IT strategy group has been forced to defend its decision to standardise the public sector on a Microsoft-focused office document standard, as online commentators used the weekend to slam the group for what they saw as a lack of vision regarding rival open standards.”

19 Jan 2011
[Australian] Fed govt to keep locked-down desktops, ZDNet
Among other requirements, “AGIMO has also mandated Microsoft’s Office Open XML format, which is not supported by a number of alternative office suites as the default document standard.”

11 Jan 2011
Open Data, Open Society report
“This report is the first output of a research project about openness of public data in EU local administrations. The full report was finished in October 2010, is released under a Creative Commons cc-by license and can be freely downloaded from the web site of the DIME project…”

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