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Welcome

The fifth ODF plugfest will take place at Maidenhead town hall, in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, on February 24/25th 2011.

The ODF plugfests are an ongoing series of vendor-neutral events, bringing together implementers and stakeholders of the standard. The goal is to achieve maximum interoperability by running scenario-based tests in a hands-on manner and discuss new and proposed features of the ODF specification.

Lead architects from commercial and open source products, members of the OASIS ODF TC’s and technical experts from national and regional governments will be present. Previous plugfests were held at The Hague (Netherlands), Orvieto (Italy), Granada (Spain) and Brussels.

Why support the first UK-based ODF plugfest?

The ODF plugfests are a key practical exercise to ensure working IT standards and solutions for effective collaboration and communication between all elements of government, business, the third sector and the citizen.

Maintaining the successful series of ODF plugfests directly supports a number of key UK policy objectives:

  • Market access for SMEs - particularly public sector market access where ODF is adopted.
  • Enables compliance with the public data transparency principles specifically for editable documents and spreadsheets.
  • Levels the playing field for open source vendors.
  • Ensures access to a competitive supply market - increasing competition, lowering costs.
  • Prevents choice of platform or applications by Government bodies dictating choices and costs to businesses, citizens and Big Society partners.
  • Allows freedom to choose cloud, mobile and desktop based solutions.
  • Minimises the pressure to upgrade software and hardware ensuring business requirements overrides vendor upgrade and support issues.

What is ‘ODF’?

ODF is a platform and application independent open standard for editable documents created by the OASIS international standards group. It is therefore:

  • Vendor independent - supported by all major vendors and a range of specialist implementations
  • International - OASIS is active in 100 countries and has over 600 member organisations
  • Compatible with all development models - especially open source providers
  • Free to access and supported by free, fully functional reference implementations
  • Supports innovative and local solutions by removing the barriers to market entry

ODF lowers both the costs and risks for users AND suppliers to invest in workplace collaborative solutions.

Accommodation

Accommodation information can be found on the website of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead available here.

Transportation

Transport information can be found on the website of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead available here.

Timetable

Day 1 Thursday 24th February 2011

Morning, computer room

Time What By whom
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast and registration
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome / Rules of the House B Hanssens
09:45 - 10:15 .odt layout interop cases C Boemann
10:15 - 10:45 Accessibility
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 ODF Interop: Oracle Cloud Office - Open Office / OOo
ODF capabilities of Oracle Cloud Office
F Meies & O-R Wittmann
11:30 - 12:30 Change Tracking R LaFontaine & T Mitchell
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

Afternoon, computer room

Time What By whom
13:30 - 14:00 The Interop Challenge of Metadata R Weir
14:00 - 14:30 Digital Signatures B Hanssens
14:30 - 15:00 Spreadsheet Scenario: OpenFormula Edge Cases R Weir
15:00 - 15:30 Preparation of Friday afternoon's session
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45 Discussion / OASIS TC's thoughts on 'ODF Next' schedule O-R Wittmann
16:45 - 17:00
17:00 - 17:15 Group photo
17:15 - 17:30 Review

Social event
Time What By whom
18:00 - 21:00 Social event: Reception/Dinner Maidenhead Hall

Day 2 Friday 25th February 2011

Morning, computer room

Time What By whom
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast and registration
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome Chairman
09:05 - 09:15 Introduction Liam Maxwell
Open Data and overview
09:15 - 09:45 Government policy on Public Data Government Rep
09:45 - 10:20 Implementing UK government Open Data policy Cabinet Office
10:20 - 10:40 Coffee break
10:40 - 11:10 Overview of Public Data and MoR course details Rufus Pollock
11:10 - 11:25 Questions from the audience Liam Maxwell
Open source
11:25 - 11:45 OSOR.eu Consulting Team, open source for Public Administrations George Kolomvos
11:45 - 12:05 Open standards for open and closed source Simon Phipps
ODF
12:05 - 12:25 The Dutch ODF Policy in Retrospect Fabrice Mous
12:25 - 12:45 Presentation: ODF in Local Government Mark Taylor
12:45 - 13:00 Case study: Oxford Archaeology Chris Puttick
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Afternoon, computer room

Time What By whom
14:00 - 14:15 Mobile ODF: KOffice/FreOffice and RDF Demo M.Kruisselbrink / C.Boemann
14:15 - 15:00 Business apps / CMS

* Alfresco CMS and ODF
* DeltaXML ODF Diff / Merge
* lpOD library & ODF recipes
Vendors

* Paul Hampton
* Robin LaFontaine
* L Belmar-Letelier or M Leenaars
15:00 - 15:10 Online collaboration with OFS Karl M Ramberg
15:10 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 15:45 Presentation Adam Afriyie
15:45 - 16:20 Desktop and cloud productivity

* Microsoft Office
* LibreOffice ?
* EuroOffice
Vendors:

* John Phillips
* ?
* Kázmér Koleszár
16:20 - 16:55 Cloud productivity

* Google Docs
* IBM Lotus Symphony
* Oracle Open Office and Cloud Office
Vendors:

* Nick Cooper
* ?
* OR Wittmann / F Meies
16:55 - 17:00 Closing Mark Wright