ODF |Open Document Format Debate at GOSCON

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

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