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  • 1.  
  • 2. ODF adoption in South Africa A case for the adoption of ODF in the South African public sector Senior Researcher Meraka Institute
  • 3. Agenda
    • About me
    • ODF adoption in South Africa: some context
    • Formats and standards
    • The case for ODF
    • Open source
    • ODF adoption
    • Conclusion
  • 4. About me
    • Where I come from and what I do
      • Meraka Institute, South Africa
        • national ICT R&D institute
        • facilitates economic and social development through
          • human capital development
          • needs-based research and innovation
      • Thomas Fogwill
        • Software R&D
        • Open source software
        • Description logics
  • 5. Agenda
    • About me
    • ODF adoption in South Africa: some context
    • Formats and standards
    • The case for ODF
    • Open source
    • ODF adoption
    • Conclusion
  • 6. ODF adoption: Context
    • Information society and the public sector
      • wikipedia:
      • “An information society is a society in which the creation, distribution, diffusion, use, and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity”
  • 7. ODF adoption: Context
    • Information society and the public sector
      • Information is an important commodity in information societies
      • Most countries have information societies
      • Government's mandate: service delivery
      • Public information
        • key information resource for citizens in an information society
        • typically captured in public documentation
      • Open access to public documentation an imperative
  • 8. ODF adoption: Context
    • The South African context
      • Developing country
        • the “digital divide”
        • the “information divide”
      • Our history, and the imperative of openness and freedom
  • 9. Agenda
    • About me
    • ODF adoption in South Africa: some context
    • Formats and standards
    • The case for ODF
    • Open source
    • ODF adoption
    • Conclusion
  • 10. Formats and standards
    • Closed, proprietary formats
      • Vendor lock-in
      • Data “owned” by owner of format
      • Prohibits free access to information
    • Open standards
      • Interoperability
      • Freedom to implement
      • Freedom of choice
      • “Future proof”
  • 11. Agenda
    • About me
    • ODF adoption in South Africa: some context
    • Formats and standards
    • The case for ODF
    • Open source
    • ODF adoption
    • Conclusion
  • 12. The case for ODF
    • Benefits
      • Open standard
      • Several implementations
      • Mature implementation – OpenOffice.org
      • Free and Open implementations
    • Competing standards
      • OpenXML
      • Standards South Africa SC71L - “No” to OpenXML
      • ISO, 2 September 2007 - “No” to OpenXML
  • 13. Agenda
    • About me
    • ODF adoption in South Africa: some context
    • Formats and standards
    • The case for ODF
    • Open source
    • ODF adoption
    • Conclusion
  • 14. Open source
    • Benefits
      • Cost
      • Modify & improve
      • Localisation (esp. small non-English markets)
      • Customise, fit for purpose
      • No vendor lock-in
      • Local support and service
      • Learning, investing in local skills development
      • ...
  • 15. Open source
    • Linux adoption in CSIR and government
      • CSIR - Project Vula
        • migrating 2500+ staff to Linux and OSS
      • SA government
        • FOSS adoption policy accepted: Feb 2007
        • FOSS project office established: Sep 2007
    • OpenOffice.org
      • Implements ODF
      • Supports non-standard and proprietary formats
      • Mature suite of applications
      • Open source
        • Localisation
        • Customisation
  • 16. Agenda
    • About me
    • ODF adoption in South Africa: some context
    • Formats and standards
    • The case for ODF
    • Open source
    • ODF adoption
    • Conclusion
  • 17. ODF adoption
    • Brazil, India, Denmark, Belgium, France, Malaysia, Italy, Poland, USA
    • CSIR and the Meraka Institute
      • Project Vula
      • ODF adoption in CSIR
      • Issues encountered
        • Document conversion
        • External collaboration on documents
        • Formats accepted by external agencies
  • 18. ODF adoption
    • Recommendations
      • Obtain high-level buy-in
      • Phased adoption (Win/Lin/Partial/Full)
      • JIT conversion support
      • Merge efforts for legacy/proprietary document formats
  • 19. Agenda
    • About me
    • ODF adoption in South Africa: some context
    • Formats and standards
    • The case for ODF
    • Open source
    • ODF adoption
    • Conclusion
  • 20. Conclusion
    • Open access to public information and documentation an imperative
    • Open document standard -> open access
    • Open access -> transparent governance
    • Freedom to implement, freedom to choose
      • imperative in developing world context
    • ODF adoption is
      • feasible
      • desirable
  • 21. Contact details
    • Thomas Fogwill
    • [email_address]
    • Whitepaper
    • http://www.meraka.org.za/ODF/