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Saturday, April 01, 2006

ODF Finds a New Taker

You knew it would happen eventually . . . and eventually is now. A second government agency is making the move to OpenDocument Format (ODF).

For the details, we go Down Under.

The National Archives of Australia will switch to ODF, as reported here.

Not surprising that ODF government adopter #2 is a public agency that is a data-intensive user. Preservation of public records is a major public interest, and national archives, like libraries, are natural leaders in the switch to ODF. For them, the business case is clear. Only ODF assures them the ability to archive documents in a format that will be accessible using tomorrow's software, whatever that might be.

Put simply, ODF guarantees the longevity of public records.

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