Back in July, I wrote about the huge win for open standards when the UK government announced that it would be adopting ODF for sharing or collaborating on government documents. I also implored the open community to support this initiative in every way it could to ensure that it took root and maybe even spread. So I'm delighted to see that Open Forum Europe has done just that with a new site called FixMyDocument.eu. (Although I am a "fellow" of the associated Open Forum Academy, I had nothing to do with this.) Here's how it explains the initiative:
A number of public administrations throughout Europe have decided to support the Open Document format (ODF) when communicating with the public. FixMyDocuments.eu is a campaign to help them implement their decision effectively.
On this platform, you can :
Show your support for the campaign by signing the statement on open document formats.
Report web pages which fail to make documents available or accept submissions in ODF.
Consult the central listing of reported web pages.
Learn more about this campaign.
Apparently the name was inspired by mySociety's FixMyStreet site where members of the public can report problems with graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, or street lighting that they come across in the UK - a great use of crowdsourced knowledge. Applying the same technique to problems with documents that people encounter is an inspired idea, and I urge people to contribute if they can.
GLOW is a celebration of open, participatory legislative processes around the world as well as an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to collaborate with one another and make progress toward adopting and implementing open-government commitments. The week is being led by the Legislative Openness Working Group of the Open Government Partnership, which is co-anchored by the National Democratic Institute and the Congress of Chile.
The campaign kicks off with the International Day of Democracy on September 15, and throughout the 10 days you are invited to share your ideas and experiences, kickstart new transparency tools and engage members of your community in dialogue. Learn more about the global open government movement at OGP, and stay tuned into GLOW events by following this site and #OpenParl2014.
As the calendar of events indicates, there's already a surprising range of activities around open legislative actions. Let's hope that the new FixMyDocument site helps to strengthen that important shift, both in the UK and elsewhere.