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[ossig] Meeting Notice: Formation of "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group"



You are invited to a meeting on the formation of the "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group" as follows:

Date -- Thursday, 11 May 2006
Time -- 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Venue -- MNCC, Unit 916, 9th Floor, Block A, Damansara Intan, 1, Jalan SS20/27, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel. (MNCC) -- 03-7118-3040

Please confirm by replying here by Tue, 9 May 2006 whether you can make it.

Agenda:
-- Welcoming remarks
-- Introductions
-- Presentation on "ODF Alliance" by Ms. Roslyn Docktor, IBM Worldwide Governmental Programs Executive for Open Standards
-- Discussion on formation of "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group"
-- Discussion on membership of "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group"
-- Discussion on strategies and activities of "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group"
-- Next steps

BACKGROUND

What is the "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group"?
The "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group" is an SIG (Special Interest Group) in MNCC that is being formed. The mission and objective of the "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group" is to fulfill the mission and objective of the worldwide "ODF Alliance", in the Malaysia setting.

What is the worldwide "ODF Alliance"?
It is an alliance of companies and organizations launched on 3 March 2006 with more than 35 initial members from a wide range of countries around the world. By now the membership is more than 150. Membership is free and is open to all interested parties. See: http://www.odfalliance.org

The ODF Alliance works globally to educate policymakers, IT administrators and the public on the benefits and opportunities of the OpenDocument Format, to help ensure that government information, records and documents are accessible across platforms and applications, even as technologies change.

What is ODF?
ODF (OpenDocument Format) is an open XML-based document file format for saving and exchanging editable office documents (including memos, reports, and books), spreadsheets, charts, and presentations. OpenDocument was developed as an application-independent file format by a vendor-neutral standards developing organization OASIS, with the participation of multiple office application vendors.

ODF was submitted to the ISO (International Organization for Stndardization) on 30 September 2005 for ratificatin. The balloting process by ISO member countries ended on 01 May 2006. Malaysia (SIRIM) voted YES, and apparently there were no negative votes by participating countries. See Andy Updergrove's blog that reports this (http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20060503080915835) and also the news coverage by PC Magazine on this (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1957497,00.asp).

Why "ODF Alliance Malaysia Group"
Leveraging on the worldwide "ODF Alliance" branding and mission, a Malaysia group is proposed, so that we customize our strategies and activities to ensure ODF adoption in Malaysia.


Thank you,
Hasan, IBM.
Tel: 019-218-5850