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Italian entrepreneur fights proprietary file formats in Public Administrations

Feb 26, 2010, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

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"As I already explained in another article file formats are extremely important: unless, at least in Public Administrations (PAs), only open file formats are used, serious amounts of public money can go to waste, important public digital documents may become unreadable and private citizens or businesses may be forced to useless expenses if they want to interact with PAs.

"That's why every now and then you see law proposals (not necessarily complete...) that promote open file formats and another potential source of big savings for PAs, Free Software). The Italian Region of Veneto, for example, issued such a law in 2008.

"I have already explained how and why, according to the Italian Government, the file formats of Microsoft Office are NOT open, inviting citizens to not accept the current situation. During the official presentation in Belluno, Veneto, of the regional law on Free Software and Open Formats mentioned above, I met a small entrepreneur of a nearby town, S. Stefano di Cadore, Ezio, who has done just that. In February 2010 Ezio wrote to me that at least in one case in Belluno (one of the Provinces of the Veneto Region), it looks like that regional law had never been written. Here's a synthesis of what he told me."

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