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NASCIO Conference Info ~ by Marbux
Sunday, October 16 2005 @ 03:50 PM EDT

Over the next few days, Microsoft will have an opportunity to hear what a group of customer "heavies" want. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers kicks off its annual Conference tonight in San Diego. NASCIO membership includes the CIOs of all 50 U.S. states.

If others are interested in attending, conference details are on the NASCIO web site, but it is a pay-to-get-in event. The event runs today through Wednesday. One panel discussion on the agenda for Monday (1:45-3:00 p.m.) may be of particular interest to Groklaw folk:

Open Source: Is it Really a Free Lunch?
One of the big pluses touted by Open Source advocates is the zero cost acquisition of Open Source software. But at the end of the day, will deploying Open Source software be free over time, cost the same, less or more than proprietary software in your enterprise? If you are considering employing Open Source in any part of your enterprise this is a must-see session to understand the economic impact Open Source will have on your Total Cost of Ownership. Your take away will be real life experiences of those who have taken the journey and documented all that they have learned.
Moderator: Peter Quinn, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Panelists: Gary Edwards, Founding Member, Oasis OpenDocument
Terry Savage, Chief Information Officer, State of Nevada
Bill Welty, Chief Information Officer, Air Resources Board, State of California.

Peter Quinn is the director of Massachusetts' Information Technology Division who recently caused a stir by rejecting Microsoft's XML formats and adopting OpenDocument XML as a standard for executive branch procurement of software.

An interview with Gary Edwards ran last week on Mad Penguin and was linked from Groklaw's News sidebar. I personally found it revelatory on OpenDocument-related issues despite having subscribed to OASIS.org newsletters for more than two years.

Although not commonly known, all 50 states and local governments nationally plus the Feds are working on an integrated time line to develop standards for file formats, driven by requirements of E-SIGN, the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. 7001, et seq. NASCIO is the primary organization being used to coordinate those efforts. You can bet that Microsoft will be at the NASCIO conference and that the feedback it obtains there may well affect Microsoft decisions about supporting OpenDocument.




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