14/02/2008 11:54

ODF: the Germans are doing it

ODF in Germany: the Germans are doing itOn Feb. 14, 2008 OpenDoc Society organizes along with the program Netherlands in Open  Connection and Internet Society an interesting meeting with three speakers from different viewpoints involved in the ICT strategy of the German government. During an informal and interactive meeting different aspects, both strategic and from an IT angle will be explained.

Dr. Rolf Theodor Schuster (CIO of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs) will explain what the strategies and tactics are towards open standards within the German government.

Werner Langer (IT strategist) and Guido Günther (open source evangelist) explain how ODF ensures that documents be freed from non-specified formats and individual applications. This will include, among other things, the challenges associated with moving all German embassies in the world over to Open Document Format from unspecified Office formats - in all local languages such as Arabic and Armenian. Also they give insight into the tools they use, in Python and other languages.

The meeting will be held in the Royal Library in The Hague between 13.30 and 16.00 hours in Room S. The spoken language will be English. The event is free for members of OpenDoc Society, non-members pay 25 euros. Afterwards there will be a drink offered by the programme Netherlands Open in Connection.


13.30  Welcome with coffe and tea
14.00 "Strategies and tactics on your way to Open Standards"
  • Dr. Rolf Theodor Schuster
    CIO, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
15.00 "How to liberate office documents"
  • Werner Langer
    IT Strategy, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
  • Guido Günther
    Open Source Evangelist, German Federal Foreign Office, Bonn
16.00 Closing drinks

 About the speakers

Rolf Schuster

Rolf Schuster is Chief Information Officer of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and responsable for the worldwide embassy network and the IT infrastructure.  After his studies of business administration and economics he joined the Foreign Office as a career diplomate in 1989 and held different posts in multilateral and bilateral German missions in Europe and the United States. 2001 he became Chief IT Strategist of the German Federal Foreign Office. After successful implementation of a new IT strategy based on Open Standards and Open Source he was promoted CIO in 2004.

Werner Langer

Werner Langer is working in IT-Strategy of the German Federal Foreign Office responsible for external IT relations and member of the interministerial working group for implementation of Open Document Formats in federal government organisations. After his studies of communications electronics he was working for nine years at the electronic communication section of the German PTT. He joined the Foreign Office in 1994 as system engineer at the worldwide communication centre in Bonn. Between 1998 and 2005 he was leading communications engineer at the German Representations in Brussels.

Guido Günther

Guido Günther is working on Linux Client and Server Development in the IT department of the German Federal Foreign Office. He's a Debian Developer and contributed to various other Free Software and Open Source projects such as the Linux Kernel and Glibc. He once studied Physics at the University of Konstanz.