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Computerworld.NZ: World Summit Bodies Debate Open Document Formats

Jul 15, 2003, 07:00 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Open systems software could become a key topic at December's World Summit on the Information Society. Many governments are inclining towards open source platforms like Linux, and the question of longevity of records has also arisen.

"A number of governments at the recent preparatory conference for the summit, notably Korea, say records stored in proprietary formats such as Microsoft Word could become unreadable as new versions of software are produced and support for the old versions removed. They want a policy adopted of storing records in open source formats. The US and Canada were significant dissenters from this point of view.

"Archives New Zealand has discussed the question of long-term electronic document storage, but appears to favour a strategy of controlled migration to newer versions of proprietary formats as they become available rather than exploring open alternatives..."

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