The future of ODF, XML and office suites in Public Administrations

Last week I attended the Paris Open Source Summit, were I saw things as interesting and diverse as autonomous tractors, Open Source legal support and “degooglized Internet” visions. Please read that other post to know more. Here, I am only going to describe one other moment of POSS 2016, about two other arguments I care a lot about, and on which I wouldn’t mind working again, even if these days I am mostly busy with Digital DIY. Continue reading The future of ODF, XML and office suites in Public Administrations

Core values? Even software, file formats and servers transmit them

the Core Values program

On November 4th, 2016, I was invited to attend the Conference by the Pontifical Lateran University on “Core Values – The Transmission of Values in Digital Age”. I was very happy to go, because I’ve been studying the relations between Catholicism and (open) digital technologies for more than ten years now (see links below). I have listed in a separate post the most interesting things I was happy to hear at the Core Values conference. Here, instead, I’d like to mention, and explain, the things that I did not find in the event. Continue reading Core values? Even software, file formats and servers transmit them

Star Trek creator was clueless about computers

roddenberry-star-trek-in-floppies“Star Trek creator didn’t have a clue of how computer actually work, and how to preserve digital documents, and the curators of his estate weren’t much better”: this should be the appropriate title for the story titled “How Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s words were freed from old floppy disks”. (but see the important update below!)
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Data, file formats and protocols as the first platform of network politics

This was the abstract of a talk I proposed for a Network Politics Conference in 2011. The talk wasn’t accepted, but I’d like to restart a conversation on this topic, so here it goes. Continue reading Data, file formats and protocols as the first platform of network politics

Shall we waste twelve more years promoting Free office suites instead of open office formats?

Twelve (TWELVE!!!) years ago I asked OpenOffice users “Are you advocating OO correctly”. Six years ago I said the same things in a different format. A couple of weeks ago, I came across a perfect proof that that kind of advocay IS right, but so far has been never practiced enough. Continue reading Shall we waste twelve more years promoting Free office suites instead of open office formats?

The correct way to use and advocate OO.o and the real reason to do it

(this is something I wrote in 2007. Everywhere you read “OO.o” you can (and should) replace it with “Apache OpenOffice or Libre Office”. See the bottom of the page for the origin and history of the text)

Many people, schools and small businesses use OO.o only because Continue reading The correct way to use and advocate OO.o and the real reason to do it