German govt “gets it”, why doesn’t the UK?

I’ve just received an invitation to attend the sixth ODF plugfest As you might recall the fifth plugfest was kindly supported by among others the local authority Windsor and Maidenhead. So what’s different about this one, apart from it being in Berlin? Let me quote from the email

    “I have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 6th OpenDocument Format (ODF) Plugfest on July 14th and 15th 2011, Invalidenstr. 48, 10557 Berlin Germany. This Plugfest is a two day interoperability workshop on open document exchange formats hosted by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Berlin,”

Yes: the German Federal Government, the invite is from Martin Schallbruch, CIO of the Federal Ministry of the Interior

Over here the main man responsible for all this in Cabinet Office (for example see One Simple Thing or Govt OSS Policy: resilient as a snowflake in June) wants us to feel his pain as he talks about implementing a few open standards well, not open, or standards really.

— Gerry Gavigan, Chair, 16 June 2011

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