During several days of last October’s Government Open Source Conference, we captured some of the sessions on video. We can’t cover them all, but I try to pick what we think will be of greatest interest after the conference is wrapped.
My first Flick Pick of the Week is the Executive Panel on Open Document Formats. It may be a bit backwards to start with the closing panel, but this topic will change soon enough so we didn’t want to sit on it too long. In fact since the panel was taped, the OpenDocument Foundation, which made news by taking a position for a different format altogether, has retired as an entity.
Participants included Adobe’s James King; IBM’s Arnaud LeHors; Microsoft‘s Jason Matusow; OpenDocument Foundation’s Paul “Buck” Martin; and Sun Microsystems’ Douglas Johnson. Thanks again to the panelists. (I’m sorry Jason has been swamped but the other four panelists were able take time to weigh in on questions that had been collected from the audience but not always fully answered during the limited time at the conference.)
The GOSCON site provides the slide set, video and an open discussion thread (the latter a first for the conference web site – we shall see.) Mo info mo betta; you be the judge.
In the summer of 2005, I took on the challenge of creating the first Open Source Conference focused on government. My first phone call was to Linda Hamel from Massachusetts. Hamel had created a Legal Toolkit for state agencies which had become an outstanding reference. What I didn’t know at the time was that Massachusetts was about to embark on open standards journey that would draw the attention of government and private sector alike. After two years has become very clear to me that this issue of open the documents deserves maximum public exposure, public debate possible.
My thanks to go the industry players that are arm-wrestling over the issue, and to to the OpenDocument Foundation who will join, for bringing this important discussion to GOSCON on Tuesday, October 16th;
- Douglas W. Johnson, manager, Standards Strategy, Corporate Standards, Sun Microsystems
- Arnaud Le Hors, program director, Standards & Emerging Markets, IBM Open Source & Standards Project Office
- Buck “Marbux” Martin, director of legal affairs, OpenDocument Foundation
- Jason Matusow, senior director of interoperability, Microsoft Corporation
Here’s the full press release from earlier this week:
GOSCON Executive Panel Will Help Navigate the Sharp Turns in Open Document Debate
This year’s conference will close with today’s most pressing issue for international governments; panelists from Microsoft, Sun, IBM and the OpenDocument Foundation to weigh in