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German Foreign Office Comes Out in Favor of Open Document Format

Oct 31, 2007, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"At the first international workshop of users of the Open Document Format (ODF) in Berlin to which the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic had invited about 150 users and political observers, Brazil and India, in addition to German cities such as Munich, emerged as leading proponents of open standards in the office area. Brazil was making 'intensive use' of free software, Deivi Kuhn of Serpro, a company founded at the behest of the Brazilian government, which coordinates the use of open source in the up-and-coming developing nation, declared. The ODF standard adopted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was mandatory when it came to state interoperability standards for e-government, he observed. It was a good tool for securing user freedoms and access to knowledge, he added.

"The development in India was happening along similar lines, M K Yadava of the IT development company Amtron from the federal state of Assam pointed out..."

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