For years I have taught paperlessness in schools. My labs usually had a printer which was used only enough to teach students how to use it. External users of the lab got the most use of it. I am happy to see the US government determine to use electronic record-keeping systematically. Not only will this be an opportunity to reduce paper/printing costs but it will also be a great opportunity to switch to FLOSS for record-keeping. A standard open file format should be the basis of any system-wide plan for paperlessness. That’s what other governments have done just for archiving. Adding operations to that should only increase the necessity of open formats.
From the memo:
” The directive shall focus on:
(i) creating a Government wide records management framework that is more efficient and cost effective;
(ii) promoting records management policies and practices that enhance the capability of agencies to fulfill their statutory missions;
(iii) maintaining accountability through documentation of agency actions;
(iv) increasing open Government and appropriate public access to Government records;
(v) supporting agency compliance with applicable legal requirements related to the preservation of information relevant to litigation; and
(vi) transitioning from paper-based records management to electronic records management where feasible.”
Let the lobbying commence… 🙂 I can see no way that M$ can keep its talons in the US government without embracing ODF and PDF. Fulfilling “statutory missions” really does extend beyond Wintel or even M$’s office suite version XYZ… Chuckle. This memo is also time-critical. The pressure is on. I have seen a lot of memos from bosses that I hated. I love this one. 😉 The boss put it out on Drupal, a FLOSS CMS, so he is not likely to be persuaded by FUD about FLOSS. It remains to be seen whether legislators will figure out a way to override the executive branch.