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[ossig] ODF proposed to become Malaysian Standard by year-end 2006

This is getting attention across the blogosphere. If all goes well, we
will be getting ODF as a Malaysian Standard by end of the year.



I remember meeting Yoon Kit for the first time at the 21 April 2006
meeting of the SIRIM TC4 (Technical Committee on E-Commerce) when the
vote by the committee members was unanimously YES to approve the then
ISO/IEC JTC1 DIS 26300, i.e. the OpenDocument Format (ODF), and in turn
for Malaysia to vote YES to ISO for it to become an ISO/IEC
international standard. Since then, Yoon Kit became a fellow blogger

Today, Yoon Kit and I, together with another fellow blogger here,
Ditesh, each of us representing different organizations, were part of
another historic SIRIM TC4 meeting, because the meeting now unanimously
voted YES to proceed with the "project" for ODF (now ISO/IEC 26300) to
be made a Malaysian Standard (acronym "MS").

The project now will proceed to the next step of approval from the
higher-level committee in SIRIM that TC4 is under, i.e. Industry
Standards Committee Group "G" (or ISC G), after which there is a public
comment period from September to October 2006. ISC G will look at any
comments after that and raise it to the Minister of Science, Technology
and Innovation for sign-off  to become an MS. So,  I expect ODF to
become MS 26300 by year-end 2006.

As the proposer of this project, I led the part of today's TC4 meeting
agenda by saying that the previous TC4 meeting had already discussed
benefits of ODF, re-stated the TC4 meeting's unanimous YES vote for the
ISO balloting in that Apr 21 meeting, emphasized the ISO/IEC 26300 real
international standard being implemented in real products with real
users and real supporters from organizations around the world and stated
the benefits of making it MS. I said these benefits include:

      * national sovereignty
      * the Malaysian government is very comfortable with ISO standards,
        so SIRIM has many times before adopted ISO standards as MS
      * enable government bodies to cite the usage of an MS for the
        national document exchange format (instead of de facto
      * makes document exchange using ODF part of the national ICT

I motioned for ISO/IEC 26300 to become MS.

The representative from the other "MS" raised a concern that ISO/IEC
26300 is not officially published yet, so we should wait. But the SIRIM
Secretariat person quickly answered that there are no technical changes
from the original ISO document, any changes will only be editorial and
the official publication usually happens in about 2 months after ISO
approval. I only had to re-emphasize what the SIRIM Secretariat person
said and added that the published document, called Second Edition will
actually be without substantive changes, and that the standard itself is
the same as previously reviewed by TC4.

So I motioned again that TC4 approves it for the next steps of ISC G to
approve it, then go for public comment in September to October 2006, by
which time ISO/IEC 26300 will already be officially published. Yoon Kit
gave his voice of support. So did the representative from MAMPU, this
time sounding succint but clear and explicit about MAMPU's further
actions to support ODF in the Malaysian Public Sector.

The representative from the other "MS" stood down. When will they
realize that delay tactics don't work? Or Bob Sutor would say, "...the
“slow it down” strategy has been a dismal failure."

Posted by Hasan on Tuesday, 18 July 2006 at 11:08 PM

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