massachusetts is my favourite state in the usa right now. why? the september '05 meeting on open formats. the audio file is terrific and certainly worth listening to.
this government has taken a stand for open data formats, from word processing documents to web sites, for the purpose of protecting sovereignty and all that implies. those forming these decisions are doing so with the involvement of industry and the public and are deeply informed when it comes to the matters before them. and in doing so, they are ensuring the future accessibility of public information as well as the right for all to participate in the process of creating these things within their state. bravo.
as someone who roots for democracy, these are the sorts of actions that fill my heart with hope and belief.
it was also very encouraging and enlightening to hear people from ibm and harvard noted that this is not an issue limited to massachusetts. they described a global phenomenon with countries around the world having these exact same discussions with similar results emerging in each of them.
it seems we're entering a period of time in which the impact and gravity of information as it relates to human and sovereign rights is being appreciated to the extent that it can shape policy. =)