ODF Going Global

ODF Workshop

If you've been wondering where I have got to (go on, humour me), the answer is I am miles from home in South Africa where I came on Tuesday to participate in the second International ODF Workshop. The South African government were perfect, gracious and attentive hosts, personified in conference co-chair Aslam Raffee, and the attendees were from a wide range of countries.

Content highlights for me were hearing from the Belgian and Brazilian delegations on their progress with adopting ODF as a standard; the infectious enthusiasm of Justice Singh from the high court in Allahabad, India speaking of how and why his court is embracing ODF; practical, sensible questions from so many people; and the announcement from the Venezuelan delegation of their decision to adopt ODF.

The event also encouraged me to think about the words that will shape the global ODF adoption community going forward. My presentation, Seven Words, traced a little of the history of both ODF and the Free and open source software communities that created it. It went on to consider adoption philosophies and practicalities, including a sketch of a migration plan I created by consolidating the various stories I heard from adopters on the first day.

Marino Marcich of the ODF Alliance pointed out that there are now organisations from 62 countries represented in his membership, and I'm left with the strong of impression of a growing global community of practice in governments of every kind, both politically and geographically. From small roots ODF has grown to both a global movement and a strong technology, spreading wherever fair-minded people are willing to take a stand. It's been worth the trip.

Comments:

Simon - love the presentation slides! Wish I could have been there to hear the words too, but work on our new IS&T Strategy prevented it.

Was your presentation filmed? If not, any chance your "script" will be available?

Posted by Gavin Beckett on October 10, 2008 at 11:26 PM PDT #

Thnaks! A couple of people commented they regretted not being able to hear from you on your progress, Gavin - wish you'd been able to come.

The presentations weren't filmed, but I believe they were recorded, so I expect to see those coming from Aslam or Marino at some point.

Posted by Simon Phipps on October 10, 2008 at 11:29 PM PDT #

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Posted by Sun on October 11, 2008 at 06:50 AM PDT #

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Posted by Sun on October 11, 2008 at 06:51 AM PDT #

Hello Mr. Phipps,

my name is Lucas Torri, I'm a Sun Campus Ambassador at Brazil and saw your "OpenOffice.org Power Tools" post.

Me and my friend, Bruno Ghisi, we have a great OOo extension, called mOOo Impress Controller (https://mooo.dev.java.net/servlets/ProjectProcess?tab=1). Basicaly, it enables you to control your slides presentation using your mobile.

Please, consider taking a look!
Bye

Posted by Lucas Torri on October 11, 2008 at 10:34 AM PDT #

You've got a typo on page 15 of your slides - "permenant"

I love the photo of the sleeping bats.

Have a great weekend.

Posted by Kevin Hutchinson on October 11, 2008 at 03:15 PM PDT #

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