Countries adopting ODF (OpenDocument Format) Annual Report and Future Outlook

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The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance) is an organization of governments, academic institutions, associations and industry dedicated to educating policy makers, IT administrators and the public on the benefits and opportunities of ODF. Launched in March 2006, the ODF Alliance now has over 480 member organizations in 53 countries.

Following the trend at the national level, three regional governments – Kerala (a state in southwestern India), Misiones (a province in northeast Argentina), and Paraná (a state in southern Brazil) – adopted policies requiring the use of ODF. The year ended on a high note, with the Netherlands and South Africa officially adopting policies requiring ODF’s use by government agencies, joining ten other countries that had already done so. Norway required the use of ODF for all published, revisable documents on government web sites.

Software support for ODF grew rapidly in 2007 and now includes over 40 applications, with more than a dozen announcements of new or improved support during the months of September and October alone.

“The Open Document Format, as completely open and ISO-standardized format, is an excellent vehicle for exchange of knowledge and information in the globalized age.”
Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier,German Federal Minister Affairs

“I’ll put government data online in universally accessible formats.”
Senator Barack Obama in a speech at Google’s Mountain View, Calif., campus where he revealed his detailed IT plan for a more open.

Announcements of ODF support from major vendors in 2007 included IBM’s Lotus Notes and Symphony, Apple’s TextEdit, and Corel’s WordPerfect Office X3.

With the continued migration of word processing to the Internet, 2007 saw the emergence of several web-based applications for which ODF support has already been implemented or new support is planned, among them Adobe’s Buzzword, Zoho Writer, and ajaxWrite.

Yes adoption is spreading fast: Belguin, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, Japan, Malasia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Poland and more countries coming on the ODF train in 2008.

Read the complete 2007 Annual report and the outlook for 2008

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