OSOR News: ODF Plugfest article

OSOR news reported about the second ODF Plugfest, the event held in Orvieto at the beginning of this month bringing together standards experts from major multi-national corporations, representatives of European public administrations, andmany individuals active in the European open source  community.

Fabio Pistella, president of Italy’s Center for ICT in Public Administrations (CNIPA), in his opening address told the attendees of the workshop that Italy is about to start a three-year promotion campaign on open source software, writes Roberto Gallopini, one of the organisers of the ODF workshop on his web blog.

The ODF plugfest in Orvieto brought together about thirty ODF developers and government representatives. It was the second such meeting, the first of which took place in the Netherlands in June.

Bart Hanssens, interoperability expert at Fedict, the Belgian Federal ICT advisory body, showed attendees how to sign ODF documents using the country’s electronic identity card. He explained that Fedict wants users to be able to sign sourcedocuments, not only PDF.

The application, written in Java and at the moment only fit to be used in combination with OpenOffic, is in beta, Hanssens said. “But it is already very stable.”

NOiV, the Dutch resource centre on open source and open standards, on 3 November announced its Officeshots web service, that allows users to compare the output of their ODF documents in several competing office applications. The service is available in a number of languages, including English, French, German, Chinese and Dutch.

Read the original article at the OSOR website.