5 thoughts

  1. Adobe has a lot to offer in the way of technology that the government can use and the people can benefit from. Yet Adobe is selling its proprietary formats as ‘open government’. What?!? Hunh?!?
    How are PDF, Flex/Flash, and Office documents open? Why is Adobe encouraging these formats (they splashed the DC area with their technology and formats).
    Government data should be supplied only in XML, RSS, JSON, ODF or other open and non-proprietary formats.
    Have you ever been told that the data is ‘in PDF’ only to discover it is images captured as text? Have you ever tried to migrate date out of Office documents? Have you ever been pointed at a Flash RIA site and been told to slurp out the ‘open content’?
    PDF and Flash are great format/tools in their own right. As presentation tools I’ve got no problem with them. But when access to government data is tied up in reading them (or Microsoft) it makes visibility into government actions that much more challenging.

  2. Ben, I registered for your presentation but I got pulled in on a critical project and wasn’t able to make it online. Is Adobe going to post the video?

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