Open Source

About OpenSource and standards policies and adoption.

Open Source in South Africa


is a document file format used for describing electronic documents such as memos, reports, books, spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents. OpenDocument is an OASIS Standard and a published ISO and IEC International Standard referred to as ISO/IEC 26300:2006.
One objective of open formats like OpenDocument is to guarantee long-term access to data without legal or technical barriers, and some governments have come to view open formats as a public policy issue. OpenDocument is intended to be an alternative to proprietary formats, including the commonly used DOC, XLS, and PPT formats used by Microsoft Office and other applications.
The governments of Belgium, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States, have been examining the ramifications of selecting a document format. Other governments around the world are also considering the adoption of the format.

French gov't report recommends standardizing on ODF This followssimilar recommendations made in Massachusetts, the European Union, UK and Belgium. The list of members of the ODF Alliance continues to grow. It includes Google, Oracle, IBM, Sun, RedHat, Novell, Corel, the BBC, the Cities of Vienna, Bristol, etc...