Category Archives: open standards

Time for an Italian Government Open Standards Survey?

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, has just thrown a survey to ask to to ask people which standards are most important to them.

If you’re a business or community organisation, helping us choose the right standards will make it easier for you to do business with Government.  It will also help us open up data, better informing your decisions, and hopefully prompting innovation.

We’ve placed free text fields in the survey, so you can tell us what we have missed or which alternative standards you believe may be better.

Apparently the results will be reviewed by the Chief Technology Officers Council and then conclusions will be published on the Cabinet Office website next Autumn.

Couldn’t Italy do the same?

Focus Group Open Source: Migration

Office Automation Suites, Interoperability and Migrations” event was eventually held last Friday in Rome at IBM’s office (sponsor of the event), presentations have been uploaded at the website.

Alessandro Chinnici (IBM) gave an introductory speech to explain IBM’s approach to open source and open standards, followed by David Pearson‘s (IBM UK) keynote about migrations. David pointed the audience to some freely available resources, like the Free Office Suite ROI Calculator and the Visual Basic Macro Scan Tool.

Andrea Pescetti, mantainer of the Italian Native Lang project OpenOffice.org, gave an interesting talk around OpenOffice.org procedures and practices for QA, explaining what volunteers do and which tools they use (some created by Andrea himself and now maintained by the community). Andrea spoke also about interoperability theory and practices.

Fabrizio Marchesano (Frame) shared some practical advices and tips to run migrations.

Office Automation Suites, Interoperability and Migrations

As promised we are finally organizing an Open Source Focus Group meeting to talk about office automation suites, interoperability and migrations.

The event, aimed at companies and organizations from the Public Sector, will be held at IBM’s offices in Rome on the 11th of February 2011. Among speakers David Pearson – Solution Architect at IBM Lotus Software Services Centre of Excellence – and Andrea Pescetti, mantainer of the Italian Native Lang project OpenOffice.org.

Second ODF Plugfest: Notes from the First Day

The second ODF Interoperability Workshop held in Orvieto gathered together more than 30 ODF experts, developers and stakeholders from public administrations to improve ODF interoperability. People from all over the world for two days collaborated to ensure not “merely” standards’ compliance but true interoperability, below an essay of facts and figures of the event.

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ODF Plugfest: Open Standards and Interoperability

Orvieto last week hosted the second ODF Interoperability Workshop, an international event bringing together ODF implementers from all over the world. My talk “open standards and interoperability” opened the first session on day 1, just after Fabio Pistella - President of the Italian National Center for ICT in Public Administrations (CNIPA) – welcomed the international audience.

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ODF Plugfest, the Final Agenda is on line!

The ODF Plugfest final agenda is on line, and few Italian speakers will talk on the first day, Monday 2nd of November.

Fabio Pistella - President of the Italian National Center for ICT in Public Administrations (CNIPA) – will welcome attendees. Later I will give my opening talk on “open standards and interoperability”, and at 11 am Stefano Paggetti – Director of Umbria’s consortium for IT in local public administrations (SIR) – will talk about the regional law that favors adherence to open standards and how local public administrations look at interoperability issues.

See you there!