Minn: We’re Back
FileFormat.Info · Minnesota proposes law to preserve state documents “The proposed Preservation of State Documents Act mandates an open and interoperable file format for all government documents.”
Public Historian has more: “This bill was
proposed last week in the Minnesota State Legislature. It says that all
state documents should be produced or at least saved in an
interoperable non-proprietary XML-based format. Very interesting, and
definitely a help to folks archiving and preserving born digital
materials. Are other state governments doing the same?”
At this point, it seems that only Massachusetts is doing the same, but I am hoping this will become a flood within a few months. If any readers work for the state of California (or otherwise have access to information about whether and when ODF may be adopted here), I am very eager to hear about the plans in our fair state. I have read about some early discussions, but I want to know if the state is actually going to act in ways that benefit our people.
It seems like the United States is behind the curve on this one, as European and Asia-Pacific nations are starting to adopt ODF already. Any information on federal or state government implementations of ODF and other open standard file formats is requested.
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