Italo Vignoli is a founding member of The Document Foundation and the LibreOffice project, an Open Source Initiative (OSI) board member, and the Chairman Emeritus of Associazione LibreItalia. He co-leads LibreOffice marketing, PR and media relations, co-chairs the certification program, and is a spokesman for the project.
Closing address by Lothar Becker, followed by announcement of upcoming conferences in 2022
Welcome address by Lothar Becker, followed by conference outline and housekeeping instructions by Florian Effenberger and Italo Vignoli
LibreOffice was announced in 2010. After 10 years, it was necessary to review and update the strategy based on the evolution of the office suite market, to improve the sustainability model. Enterprises are not supporting the project as much as individual users. Over time, this can represent a threat for the sustainability of the project. We have changed our strategy to educate enterprises about the right approach to FOSS, by giving back to ensure the long term sustainability of the LibreOffice project.
LibreOffice was announced in 2010 as a desktop productivity software for Windows, macOS and Linux. From 2010 to 2020, it has evolved from a single desktop product to a technology platform supporting applications for the desktop, the cloud and mobile. All products share the same engine, which provides superior consistency. The goal of the presentation is to present the different stages of this evolution.
Open Source Software and Open Standards – especially document formats – are of key importance for the digital sovereignty strategies of individuals, companies, organisations and governments. Today, user-created content - and the ability to share it transparently - is in the hands of a few companies, which exploit the limited digital culture of users to their advantage. This situation can only be overcome by moving from proprietary to open source software and from proprietary to open standards.
LibreOffice Certification was established in 2014, for Developers, Migration Professionals and Professional Trainers. We are now announcing the second generation of the project, with a stepped process for Migration Professionals and Professional Trainers, which are now supposed to go through the basic LibreOffice Certification by following online training to access the certification review. This is supposed to make it easy for people outside the project to get certified, even if at basic level, leaving the Professional level to people with more experience and skills. In addition, we will announce Professional Trainer Certification for single applications like Writer and Calc.
The ODF Advocacy Open Project at OASIS has been temporarily frozen, for lack of interest from third parties. We are moving the project to TDF, with two main activities: promotion of the ODF Standard Document Format with presentations, and development of a comprehensive bibliography.