[Dorset] Cabinet Office Survey on Open Standards in the Public Sector

Martin Hepworth maxsec at gmail.com
Sun Apr 24 21:17:57 BST 2011

Thought may be of interest to members of this group

On Sunday, 24 April 2011, Terry Coles <d-lug at hadrian-way.co.uk> wrote:
> All,
> The Government has set up a Public Survey entitled 'Open Standards in the
> Public Sector', see http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UKGovOpenStandards.
> This survey covers quite a wide range and some elements of it are unlikely to
> be relevant to LUG member's interests.  However, it includes all the IT
> Standards for web, email, etc and also document formats.
> It takes a bit of dedication to fill it in (there are 120 questions
> altogether), but whole sections can be skipped if they aren't relevant and it
> is permissible to leave questions unanswered.  I found that I simply didn't
> know enough about some aspects covered, but I knew enough to answer a fair
> proportion of the survey.
> Can I suggest that we make it a LUG Project to visit the Survey and fill it
> in?  Between us we probably know more about these technologies and Standards
> than most groups(certainly groups outside of software/web development), so we
> owe it to the Country to deliver some of that expertise on behalf of those
> ordinary folk who will be saddled with unsuitable Standards if the vested
> interests get a look-in.
> Having said that they may already have got a look-in because the questions
> about document formats in Section 11 state that ISO/IEC 29500:2008 (Office
> Open XML (or MSXML to the rest of us)) is called Open Office XML, which is
> easily confused with OpenOffice.org.  Maybe it's a genuine mistake or maybe
> the fix is in.
> Anyway, like voting, if we don't participate we can't complain about the
> outcome.
> --
>                 Terry Coles
>                 64 bit computing with Kubuntu Linux
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Martin Hepworth
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