Open Document Format
Open Document Format is already supported by many Open Source projects as well as Google's document services and will soon have at least functional Microsoft support in the form of an Open XML Translator. You can Download the MSFT Word 2007 Convertor here.
Open formats are essential for long term preservation as our archivists know.
ODF "has been developed by a variety of organizations and is publicly accessible. This means it can be implemented into any system, be it open source or a closed proprietary product, without royalties. The OpenDocument format is intended to provide an open alternative to proprietary document formats so organizations and individuals can avoid being locked in to a single vendor." (says Wikipedia where things are often done right ;->).
ODF reference sources
- official community gathering place and information resource for the OpenDocument OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300)
- Wikipedia offers a good quick explanation and good further references
- Wikipedia on ODF Adoption
- ISO announcement
- Novell on file formats for office applications
ODF News (in the USA)
- Texas, Minnesota eye move to ODF: States may follow Mass. in ditching proprietary file formats in favor of more widely compatible ones February 06, 2007 (InfoWorld)
- Minnesota Bill
- Texas Bill
- California Bill FEBRUARY 23, 2007
Mass Ongoing Experience
- Former Mass. CIO advises partnering on ODF projects: Quinn also suggests starting with small projects to show 'quick successes' February 13, 2006 (Computerworld)
- Mass's Mid-Year Statement Regarding ODF Implementation August 23, 2006
- Mass Open Document Portal with partners, public hearing notes etc
Classes of ODF use for SILS
- sure why not?
- impossible (reason)