1. Project background
On 25 June 2007, following negotiations and in full agreement with the IT
spokespersons of the Danish Parliament (the Folketing), the Minister for
Science, Technology and Innovation launched a timetable for the future use
of open standards.
Subsequently, on 3 October 2007, the Government concluded "Agreement
on the use of open standards for software in the public sector" with Danish
Regions and Local Government Denmark.
As a result, seven sets of standards will be mandatory from 1 January
One of these sets is the two mandatory open standards for editable word
ODF version: 1.0 (Open Document Format)
approved as a standard by the standards organisation ISO.
OOXML version: 1.0 (Office Open-XML)
approved as a standard by the standards organisation ECMA.
It is part of the agreement that the introduction of mandatory open
standards should not involve increased costs to the public sector.