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This following is an overview of governments and other organizations around the world that are evaluating the use of [[OpenDocument]], an [[open format|open]] [[document file format]] for saving and exchanging editable office documents.
 
'''[[NATO]]''' with its 26 members (Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the USA) uses ODF as a mandatory standard for all members.<ref>[http://nhqc3s.nato.int/architecture/_docs/NISPv2/volume2/ch03s04.html 3.4. NNEC Core Enterprise Services]</ref>
 
== Africa ==
=== South Africa ===
On [[October 23]], [[2007]], the Department of Public Service and Administration of the [[Government of South Africa|South African government]] released [http://www.oss.gov.za/modules.php?op=modload&name=Downloads&file=index&req=getit&lid=13 a report on interoperability standards] in government information systems.  It specifies ODF as the standard for "working office document formats" (with UTF-8/ASCII text and comma-separated values data as the only alternatives).<ref>{{cite news
|url=http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?src=rss&id=1838
|publisher=Tectonic
|title=South Africa adopts ODF as govt standard
|date=2007-10-24
|accessdate=2007-10-24
}}</ref>
 
Since April 2008 ODF is a national standard too, not only the standard to be used by government departments. South African code for the ODF standard is "SANS 26300:2008/ISO/IEC 26300:2006" <ref>https://www.sabs.co.za/Business_Units/Standards_SA/WebStore/search/detail.aspx?id=18646&lang=EN</ref>. By September 2008 all departments will be able to read and write in the Open Document Format. In 2009, ODF will become the default document format for South African government departments.<ref>[http://www.tectonic.co.za/?p=2365 Tectonic » South Africa adopts ODF as a national standard]</ref>
 
== Asia ==
=== India ===
Chandershekhar, [[India]]'s secretary of [[Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India)|Ministry of Information and Technology]],  said, "We are glad to note that with formation of a National ODF alliance, India too would be playing a pivotal role in spearheading the ODF revolution. Further, considering the huge potential of eGovernance in the nation as well as the need to adopt open standards to make our data systems more inter-operable and independent of any limiting proprietary tools, we feel that ODF is a great technological leap and a big boon to further propel IT right to India's grass root levels. I congratulate this initiative of leading private & public organisations and wish them all the best in this endeavor."<ref>http://www.ciol.com/content/search/showarticle1.asp?artid=85632</ref>
 
The Allahabad High Court of India has decided, as policy, to use OpenDocument format for its documents.<ref>http://yksingh.blogspot.com/2006/06/open-document-format.html</ref><ref>[http://www.allahabadhighcourt.in/faq.htm Frequently Asked questions]</ref>
 
=== Japan ===
On [[June 29]], [[2007]], the government of [[Japan]] published a new interoperability framework which gives preference to the procurement of products that follow open standards including the ODF standards.<ref>{{cite news
|url=http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=201000546
|publisher=Information Week
|title=Office Software Formats Battle Moves To Asia
|first=David
|last=Gardner
|date=2007-07-10
|accessdate=2007-07-27
}}</ref><ref>{{cite news
|url=http://www.meti.go.jp/press/20070629014/20070629014.html
|publisher=Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
|title=Interoperability framework for information systems (in Japanese)
|date=2007-06-29
|accessdate=2007-07-27
}}</ref> On [[July 2]] the government declared that they wouldn't stop from adopting alternative document formats, because they hold the view that formats like [[Office Open XML]] which other organizations such as [[Ecma International]] and ISO had also approved was, according to them, an open standard, too. Also, they said that it was one of the preferences, whether the format is open, to choose which software the government shall deploy.
 
=== Malaysia ===
In August, 2007, The Malaysian government announced plans to adopt open standards and the Open Document Format (ODF) within the country's public sector. The Malaysian Administration Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) issued a tender for a nine-month study to evaluate the usage of open standards. <ref>{{cite news
|url=http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/software/0,39044164,62030781,00.htm
|publisher=ZDNet Asia
|title=Malaysia formally embraces Open Document Format
|first=Lynn
|last=Tan
|date=2007-08-13
|accessdate=2007-09-13
}}</ref>
 
From April 2008 on the use of ODF is mandatory within the public sector.<ref>[http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2008/03/mampu-migrates.html Open Malaysia: MAMPU migrates to OpenOffice.org and ODF to increase freedom of choice and interoperability]</ref>
 
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=== Vietnam ===
In September 2007, more than 20,000 computers used at Party agencies nationwide will replace Microsoft Office with OpenOffice.org.<ref>{{cite news
|url=http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2007/09/739409/
|publisher=Vietnam Net Bridge
|title=Party agencies to no longer use Microsoft Office
|date=2007-09-11
|accessdate=2007-09-13
}}</ref>
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==Europe==
 
The [[European Commission]] has, since at least 2003, been investigating various options for storing documents in an XML-based format, commissioning technical studies such as the "Valoris Report" <ref>Valoris (2004). [http://europa.eu.int/idabc/servlets/Doc?id=17982 Comparative Assessment of Open Documents Formats Market Overview] aka the "Valoris Report".</ref>. In March 2004, the Telematics between Administrations Committee (TAC) asked an OpenOffice team and a Microsoft team to present on the relative merits of their XML-based office document formats <ref>Bray, Tim. ([[September 24]]-26 2004) [http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2004/09/24/SmartEC SmartEC] (Accessed on [[October 17]] [[2005]]. (Discussing Open Office XML ISO Certification).)</ref>.
 
In May 2004, TAC issued a set of recommendations, in particular noting that, "Because of its specific role in society, the public sector must avoid <nowiki>[a situation where]</nowiki> a specific product is forced on anyone interacting with it electronically. Conversely, any document format that does not discriminate against market actors and that can be implemented across platforms should be encouraged. Likewise, the public sector should avoid any format that does not safeguard equal opportunities to market actors to implement format-processing applications, especially where this might impose product selection on the side of citizens or businesses. In this respect standardisation initiatives will ensure not only a fair and competitive market but will also help safeguard the interoperability of implementing solutions whilst preserving competition and innovation." It then issued recommendations, including:
* Industry actors not currently involved with the OASIS Open Document Format consider participating in the standardisation process in order to encourage a wider industry consensus around the format;
* Microsoft considers issuing a public commitment to publish and provide non-discriminatory access to future versions of its WordML specifications;
* Microsoft should consider the merits of submitting XML formats to an international standards body of their choice;
* Industry is encouraged to provide filters that allow documents based on the WordML specifications and the emerging OASIS Open Document Format to be read and written to other applications whilst maintaining a maximum degree of faithfulness to content, structure and presentation. These filters should be made available for all products;
* The public sector is encouraged to provide its information through several formats. Where by choice or circumstance only a single revisable document format can be used this should be for a format around which there is industry consensus, as demonstrated by the format's adoption as a standard. <ref>Telematics between Administrations Committee (TAC). ([[May 25]] [[2004]]) [http://europa.eu.int/idabc/en/document/2592/5588 TAC Approval on Conclusions and Recommendations on Open Document Formats]. (Accessed on [[October 17]] [[2005]].)</ref>
 
An official recommendation for a certain format was not issued however.
 
OpenDocument is already a standard by a recognized independent standards body (OASIS, in May 2005), and has been submitted to [[International Organization for Standardization|ISO]] for standardization.  The OpenDocument format was accepted as standard ISO/IEC 26300:2006 in November 2006. Microsoft submitted [[Office Open XML]] to [[Ecma International]] for standardization in November 2005 where it was accepted as standard in December 2006.
Office Open XML was published as international standard ISO/IEC 29500:2008 in November 2008.
 
===Belgium===
 
A memorandum on the use of open standards for creating and exchanging office documents was approved by [[Belgian federal government|Belgium's federal Council of Ministers]] on June 23, 2006. OpenDocument was proposed as the standard for exchanging office documents such as texts, spreadsheets, presentations within the federal civil service.<ref>Belgium's federal Council of Ministers. (2006) [http://presscenter.org/archive/20060623/432d0130470a88df1105dda38d1282b0/?lang=nl&prLang=en Open standards: Belgium's federal Council of Ministers approves ODF (Open Document Format)]. (Accessed on [[August 29]] [[2006]].)</ref>
 
From September 2007 on, every federal government department must be able to '''read''' OpenDocument documents. From September 2008 on, all '''exchanges''' of revisable documents (texts, presentations, spreadsheets) between federal government agencies must occur in ODF. This does not affect exchanges of documents with other government agencies (on regional, municipal or European level) and also does not affect exchanges of documents with citizens and companies.<ref>Techworld. (2006) [http://www.techworld.com/applications/news/index.cfm?newsID=6335&pagtype=all Belgium adopts OpenDocument]. (Accessed on [[August 29]] [[2006]].)</ref> However, Belgium is leaving the door open for Office Open XML.<ref>CNET News.com. (2006) [http://news.com.com/2100-7344_3-6087275.html Belgian government chooses OpenDocument]. (Accessed on [[August 29]] [[2006]].)</ref>
 
=== Finland ===
 
Finland's Ministry of Justice has chosen OpenOffice.org and thus the OpenDocument format as their main document format from the beginning of 2007. The decision was made after deep research of ODF possibilities. Other ministries may follow.<ref>[http://www.om.fi Oikeusministeriö - Justitieministeriet - Etusivu]</ref>
 
=== Germany ===
 
A large number of [[States of Germany|Bundesländer]], state and goverenmental offices and cities widely use products that support ODF (e.g. StarOffice, OpenOffice.org).{{Fact|date=December 2008}}
 
==== Federal ====
 
In December 2008 the governmental IT-Board of the [[Bundesregierung]] decided to make use of the ODF-Format in the Federal administration in order to improve IT-securtity and interoperability.<ref>Bundesministerium des Innern: [http://www.bmi.bund.de/cln_012/nn_122688/sid_E255A89BFD4FB3652A8B62532784B714/Internet/Content/Nachrichten/Pressemitteilungen/2008/12/ODF.html IT-Rat der Bundesregierung eröffnet den Einsatz offener Dokumentenformate (ODF)].</ref>
 
The Federal Foreign Office has migrated totally to the use of ODF formats also in the 250 foreign offices abroad (it has reduced its IT costs to a third in comparison to other Ministries <ref>www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/85977</ref>). In a message to the participants of the first international ODF-workshop in October 2007 <ref>www.odfworkshop.com</ref> the Federal Foreign Minister stated: "The Open Document Format, as a completely open and ISO standardized format, is an excellent vehicle for the free exchange of knowledge and information in the globalized age."<ref>http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/en/AAmt/071024-IT-ODFWorkshop,navCtx=23336.html</ref>
 
The Federal office for security in IT (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik <ref>www.bsi.de/english/index.htm</ref>) uses with StarOffice on all computers the ODF format in a cast deployment.<ref>[http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/85977 heise online - Auswärtiges Amt spart im IT-Bereich kräftig dank Open Source]</ref>
 
Since September 2007 all communications with the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) and the [[Bundespatentgericht|Federal Patent Court]] (Bundespatentgericht) may be transmitted in the ODF format.<ref>[http://www.bundespatentgericht.de/bpatg/erv.html www.bundespatentgericht.de]</ref> The same has already applied for a while to other high courts (i.e. the Bundesarbeitsgericht<ref>[http://www.egvp.de/bearbeitung/bag/formate.htm Formatstandards / Versionen]</ref>, the Bundessozialgericht<ref>[http://www.egvp.de/bearbeitung/bsg/formate.htm Formatstandards / Versionen]</ref> and many other courts in the Bundesland of [[Nordrhein-Westfalen]] <ref>[http://www.egvp.de/bearbeitung/nordrhein-westfalen/ovg/formate.htm Formatstandards / Versionen]</ref> <ref>[http://www.egvp.de/bearbeitung/nordrhein-westfalen/fgduesseldorf/formate.htm Formatstandards / Versionen]</ref> and of the Free State of Saxony ([[Saxony|Sachsen]]) <ref>[http://www.egvp.de/bearbeitung/sachsen/registergerichte/formate.htm Formatstandards / Versionen]</ref>.
 
==== Bundesländer ====
 
The City of [[Freiburg]] uses OpenOffice.org and OpenDocument.<ref>[http://www.freiburg.de/servlet/PB/menu/1167453/index.html Stadt Freiburg im Breisgau: Offene Standards in der öffentlichen Verwaltung]</ref>
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The City of [[Munich]] has already migrated 5000 desktops to OpenOffice.org (Oct. 2007, 10.000 will follow) while migrating as a whole to Linux.<ref>www.muenchen.de/limux</ref>
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=== Netherlands ===
 
From the beginning of 2009 onwards, [[Open source|open source software]] and the ODF format will be the standard for reading, publishing and the exchange of information for all governmental organisations. Whenever the software used is not open source special reasons have to be given.<ref>[http://gotze.eu/2007/09/netherlands-picks-odf.html GotzeBlogged » Blog Archive » Netherlands Picks ODF]</ref><ref>[http://minez.nl/content.jsp?objectid=153176&rid=home Ministerie van Economische Zaken - Verplicht gebruik open standaarden bij overheid]</ref>
 
===Norway===
[[Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration and Reform|Norway's Ministry of Government Administration and Reform]] decided in December 2007 that ODF (ISO/IEC 26300) '''MUST''' be used from 2009 when publishing documents that are meant to be changed after downloading, i.e. forms that are to be filled in by the user. So all website forums will use this format.<ref>[http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fad/pressesenter/pressemeldinger/2007/Opne-dokumentstandardar-blir-obligatoris.html?id=494810 Open document standards to be obligatory for state information - regjeringen.no]</ref>
 
===Portugal===
The [[Portugal|Portuguese]] Parliament will discuss a bill (proposed in 2008 by [[Portuguese Communist Party|PCP]]) which determines that the adoption of open standard formats – namely ODF – shall be mandatory within all public administration agencies.<ref>[http://www.parlamento.pt/ActividadeParlamentar/Paginas/DetalheIniciativa.aspx?BID=34060 Projecto de Lei 577/X (Bill 577/X)]</ref>
 
=== Slovakia ===
In [[Slovakia]] all public authorities should be able to read ODF format since August 2006 and can use this format for electronic communication and for publication of documents.<ref>{{cite news
|url=http://www.informatizacia.sk/ext_dok-vynos_o_standardoch_pre_isvs_1706/722c
|publisher=Ministry of Economy, Slovak republic
|title=Standards for IS (informations systems) in public authorities in Slovak republic no. 1706/M-2006
|date=2006-08-01
|accessdate=2006-08-01
}}</ref>
Since October 2008 public authorities must be able to read ODF format. <ref>{{cite news
|url=http://www.informatizacia.sk/standardy-is-vs/596s
|publisher=Ministry of Economy, Slovak republic
|title=Standards for IS (informations systems) in public authorities in Slovak republic no. MF/013261/2008-132
|date=2008-10-01
|accessdate=2008-10-01
}}</ref>
In 2009, documents in ODF format will be allowed for use with electronic signature.<ref>{{cite news
|url=http://www.nbusr.sk/ipublisher/files/nbusr.sk/legislativa/docs_leg/lp080708/material.pdf
|publisher=National Security Authority, Slovak republic
|title=amandment to 542 DECREE of the National Security Authority of 9 September 2002 on the manner and procedure of using an electronic signature in commercial and administrative intercourse
|date=2009-01-01
|accessdate=2009-01-01
}}</ref>
 
=== Sweden ===
[[Sweden]] has published ODF 1.0 as a national in August 2008.<ref>http://www.sis.se/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabName=@DocType_1&Doc_ID=66727
</ref> This has not been announced officially.<ref>http://www.peterkrantz.com/2008/odf-approved-as-swedish-standard/</ref> The standards institute only added the prefix "SS" before the ISO number SS-ISO/IEC 26300:2008.
 
===United Kingdom===
 
[[BECTA]] (British Education Communication Technology Agency) is the UK agency in charge of defining information technology (IT) policy for all schools in the United Kingdom, including standards for all the schools' infrastructure. In 2005 they published a comprehensive document describing the policy for infrastructure in schools. 
 
This document highly recommends the use of OpenDocument and a few other formats for office document data. BECTA explains this as follows: "Any office application used by institutions must be able to be saved to (and so viewed by others) using a commonly agreed format that ensures an institution is not locked into using specific software. The main aim is for all office based applications to provide functionality to meet the specifications described here (whether licensed software, open source or unlicensed freeware) and thus many application providers could supply the educational institution ICT market.".
<ref>BECTA. (2005) [http://industry.becta.org.uk/content_files/industry/resources/Specification_key_docs/techspec_institutional_infrastructure.pdf Technical specification for institutional infrastructure]. (Accessed on [[August 29]] [[2006]].)
</ref>
 
====Bristol City Council====
[[Bristol]] City Council has adopted the [[StarOffice]] suite and with it the OpenDocument format across 5500 desktop computers.
<ref>Open Source Academy [http://www.opensourceacademy.gov.uk/osacademy/our_partners/bristol-city-council Bristol City Council]. (Accessed on [[April 4]] [[2007]].)
</ref>
 
==South America==
=== Argentina ===
In September 2007 the Argentinian Province of [[Misiones]] decided via decrete that the use of ODF shall be mandatory within the government.<ref>[http://www.misiones.gov.ar/egov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=144&Itemid=2 Gobierno Electrónico de la Provincia de Misiones]</ref> Around a million people live in this province, which is one of the 23 provinces of Argentina. 
 
=== Brazil ===
With the publication of "e-Ping Interoperability Framework"<ref>[https://www.governoeletronico.gov.br/acoes-e-projetos/e-ping-padroes-de-interoperabilidade/versoes-do-documento-da-e-ping e-Ping Interoperability Framework]</ref>, Brazil became the first South American country to officially recommend the adoption of OpenDocuments within the government.
 
As stated in the latest text (v3.0 of 2007): "Preferred adoption of Open Formats: e-PING defines that, whenever possible, open standards will be used in technical specifications. "Proprietary standards" will be accepted, in this transition period, with the perspective of replacement as soon as there are conditions for a complete migration. With no loss to these goals, are to be respected those situations when there is the need to consider security requisites and information integrity. When available, Free Software solutions are to be considered preferential, accordingly with the policy defined by the Comitê Executivo de Governo Eletrônico(CEGE)"
 
Since April 2008 ODF is a national standard in Brazil, coded as NBRISO/IEC26300.<ref>[https://www.abntnet.com.br/fidetail.aspx?FonteID=40911 NBR ISO/IEC 26300]</ref>
 
=== Uruguay ===
Since June 2008 the "Agency for the Development of Government Electronic Management and Information and Knowledge Society of Uruguay" recommends that public documents use either ODF or PDF. ODF should be used for documents in the process of being edited and the latter for documents in final form.
<ref>http://www.agesic.gub.uy/Sitio/descargas/Estandares_de_Ofimatica_v08.pdf</ref>
 
==North America (esp. United States)==
===Massachusetts===
The [[US]] [[U.S. state|state]] of [[Massachusetts]] has been examining its options for implementing [[XML]]-based document processing. In early 2005, [[Eric Kriss]], Secretary of Administration and Finance in [[Massachusetts]], was the first [[government]] official in the [[United States]] to publicly connect open formats to a public policy purpose: "It is an overriding imperative of the American [[democratic]] system that we cannot have our public documents locked up in some kind of proprietary format, perhaps unreadable in the future, or subject to a proprietary system license that restricts access."<ref>[http://www.mass.gov/eoaf/open_formats_comments.html Administration and Finance]</ref>
 
At a [[September 16]] [[2005]] meeting with the [http://www.masoftware.org Mass Technology Leadership Council] Kriss stated that he believes this is fundamentally an issue of sovereignty.<ref>[http://danbricklin.com/log/2005_09_07.htm#meetingphotos Starting September 7, 2005]</ref> While supporting the principle of private intellectual property rights, he said sovereignty trumped any private company's attempt to control the state's public records through claims of intellectual property.<ref>[http://www.softwaregarden.com/cgi-bin/oss-sig/wiki.pl?OpenFormatMeetingSept2005 MTLC Open Source SIG Wiki: OpenFormatMeetingSept2005]</ref>
 
Subsequently, in September 2005, Massachusetts became the first state to formally endorse [[OpenDocument]] formats for its public records and, at the same time, reject [[Microsoft|Microsoft's]] new [[Extensible Markup Language|XML]] format, now standardized as ISO/IEC 29500:2008 — [[Office Open XML]].  This decision was made after a two-year examination of file formats, including many discussions with Microsoft, other vendors, and various experts, plus some limited trial programs in individual communities like [[Saugus, Massachusetts|Saugus]] and [[Billerica, Massachusetts|Billerica]]. [[Microsoft Office]], which has a nearly 100% market share among the state's employees, does not currently support OpenDocument formats. Microsoft had indicated that OpenDocument formats will not be supported in new versions of Office, even though they support many other formats (including [[ASCII]], [[Rich Text Format|RTF]], and [[WordPerfect]]), and analysts believe it would be easy for Microsoft to implement the standard.  If Microsoft chooses not to implement OpenDocument, Microsoft will disqualify themselves from future consideration.  Several analysts (such as Ovum) believe that Microsoft will eventually support OpenDocument.  On [[6 July]] [[2006]] Microsoft announced that they would support the OpenDocument format and create a plugin to allow Office to save to ODF.
 
After this announcement by Massachusetts supporting OpenDocument, a large number of people and organizations spoke up about the policy, both pro and con (see the references section).  [[Adobe Systems|Adobe]], [[Corel]], [[IBM]], and [[Sun Microsystems|Sun]] all sent letters to Massachusetts supporting the measure.  In contrast, Microsoft sent in a letter highly critical of the measure.  A group named "[[Citizens Against Government Waste]]" (CAGW) also opposed the decision. The group claimed that Massachusetts' policy established "an arbitrary preference for open source," though both open source software and proprietary software can implement the specification, and both kinds of developers were involved in creating the standard (CAGW, 2005). However, [[InternetNews]] and [[Linux Weekly News]] noted that CAGW has received funding from Microsoft, and that in 2001 CAGW was caught running an [[astroturfing]] campaign on behalf of Microsoft when two letters they submitted supporting Microsoft in Microsoft's anti-trust case were found to have the signatures of deceased persons (Linux Weekly News). [[James Prendergast]], executive director of a coalition named "[[Americans for Technology Leadership]]" (ATL), also criticized the state's decision in a [[Fox News]] article.<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,170724,00.html Prendergast 2005]</ref> In the article, Prendergast failed to disclose that Microsoft is a founding member of ATL. Fox News later published a follow-up article disclosing that fact.<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,172063,00.html FOX News, 2005]; Jones, [[September 29]] [[2005]]</ref>
 
[[State Senator]] [[Marc R. Pacheco]] and [[Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth|State Secretary]] [[William F. Galvin]] have expressed reservations about  this plan. Pacheco held a hearing on October 31, 2005, on the topic of OpenDocument.  Pacheco did not want OpenDocument to be declared as the executive branch standard, primarily on procedural grounds.  Pacheco believed that the [[executive branch]] had to receive permission to set an executive standard from the multi-branch IT Advisory Board. In contrast, The Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD), and its general council, believe the Advisory board's role is to advise ITD, and ITD did discuss the issue with the IT Advisory Board, but ITD's Peter Quinn and Linda Hamel (ITD's General Counsel) asserted that there is no requirement that "ITD approach the Advisory Board for permission to adopt policies that will impact only the Executive Department." Hamel later filed a legal briefing justifying ITD's position (Hamel, 2005). Massachusetts' [[Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court|Supreme Court]] has ruled that the various branches of government are prohibited from mandating IT standards on each other; this ruling appears to support ITD's claim.  Pacheco also did not like the process used to select OpenDocument. However, Pacheco appears to have had many fundamental
misunderstandings of the issues. Andy Updegrove said that at the time, "Senator Pacheco doesn't understand the difference between open source and open standards (and certainly doesn't understand the difference between OpenDocument and OpenOffice). More than once, he indicated that he thought that the policy would require the Executive Agencies to use OpenOffice.org, not realizing that there are other compliant alternatives. He also thought that this would act to the detriment of Massachusetts software vendors, who (he thinks) would be excluded from doing business with the Commonwealth." Pacheco also thought that OpenOffice.org was under the [[GNU General Public License|GPL]], but in fact it is released under the [[GNU Lesser General Public License|LGPL]] (Jones, October 31, 2005) (Jones, November 14, 2005).  He attempted to halt implementation of OpenDocument in the executive branch via an amendment (to S. 2256), but the amended bill was never sent to the [[Governor of Massachusetts|governor]].
 
Since then in 2007 Massachusetts has [http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=itdterminal&L=3&L0=Home&L1=Policies%2c+Standards+%26+Guidance&L2=Drafts+for+Review&sid=Aitd&b=terminalcontent&f=policies_standards_etrmv4_etrmv4dot0revisions&csid=Aitd amended] its approved technical standards list to include [[Office Open XML]].
 
====References====
 
Official Information Documents from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
* [http://www.mass.gov/Aitd/docs/policies_standards/etrmv4dot0/etrmv4dot0intro.rtf(RTF) Enterprise Open Standards Policy (ETRM) Version 4.0]
* [http://www.mass.gov/Aitd/docs/policies_standards/etrmv4dot0/etrmv4dot0information.rtf (RTF) Enterprise Technical Reference Model (ETRM) Version 4.0], effective July 2007.
 
(to find the documents as HTML pages, go to [http://www.mass.gov http://www.mass.gov] and search for the documents, eg. "etrm")
 
===Other states and organizations in the US===
In November, 2005, James Gallt, associate director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, said that a number of other state agencies are also exploring the use of OpenDocument (LaMonica, November 10, 2005).
 
In April, 2006, a bill was introduced in the Minnesota state legislature to require all state agencies to use open data formats. It is expected that the OpenDocument Format will be advanced as a way of meeting the proposed requirement. (Gardner, April 7, 2006).
 
In late 2007 and early 2008, New York State issued [http://www.oft.state.ny.us/oftnews/erecords-study.htm a Request for Public Comment concerning electronic records policy].
 
====References====
* Gardner, W. David ([[April 7]] [[2006]]). [http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=184429732&subSection=Breaking+News "Minnesota Considers Mandatory Use Of ODF: It's another state battle that pits Microsoft's proprietary Office software on one side against supporters of the OpenDocument Format on the other"]. ''InformationWeek''.
* LaMonica, Martin ([[November 10]] [[2005]]). [http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5942913.html?tag=zdfd.newsfeed OpenDocument format gathers steam] ''CNET News.com'', published on ''ZDNet News''.
 
== Other regions ==
===Australia===
It was announced on [[31 March]], [[2006]], that the [[National Archives of Australia]] had settled on OpenDocument as their choice for a cross-platform/application document format.
 
=== Other ===
According to OASIS' OpenDocument datasheet, "Singapore's Ministry of Defence, France's Ministry of Finance and its Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry, Brazil's Ministry of Health, the City of Munich, Germany, UK's Bristol City Council, and the City of Vienna in Austria are all adopting applications that support OpenDocument." (OASIS, 2005b).
 
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* OASIS (2005b). [http://www.oasis-open.org/who/data_sheets/OASIS-opendocument-datasht-a4-05-06-20.pdf OASIS OpenDocument datasheet]. Accessed on [[October 17]] [[2005]].
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