Important political decision about Open Standards in Denmark

On June 25th, the Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation announced that as from January 1st 2008, all public authorities in Denmark must use the same open standards for software. The authorities must be able to receive ODF and OOXML for an initial 1-year trial period. The project will be evaluated in the spring of 2009.

A principle decision to make open standards mandatory was taken by Folketinget – the Danish Parliament – on June 2, 2006, Resolution B103 about the use of open standards for software in the public sector. Now that the implementation plan has been decided on, Mr Helge Sander says: “To introduce mandatory open standards is to the advantage of the entire society”. There is an interesting blog on the subject here.