ICEG 2006
Call for Papers

National Seminar on Open Document Format
Department of Management Studies,Indian Institute of Technology,Delhi

June 23,2006

Key Speakers

Mr. R. Chandrashekar, Additional Secretary, MCIT, Govt of India

Mr. Rajdeep Sahrawat

Mr. Umashankar, MD, ELCOT , Government of Tamil Nadu

Ms . Aruna Sundarajan, IL& FS/NeGP

Prof. Rajanish Dass, IIM Ahmd

Mr. M.Moni,NIC

Mr. Sukh Bir Singh,BIS


Vishwakarma Building Department    of  Management Sciences
IIT Delhi
Hauz Khas

New Delhi – 110019


9:30 onwards

Lighting of the Lamp & Welcome address by director IIT Delhi

10:15 – 10:30 :
Address by Chief Guest

10:30 – 10:45 :
Why ODF,India ODFAlliance

Implications of ODF and

Open Standards on NeGP,

Ms. Aruna Sundarajan, IL&FS/NeGP

11:15– 11:45 :
Economic Impact of ODF,

Prof. Rajanish Dass, IIM Ahmedabad


11:45– 12:15

Tea Break

12:15– 12:30 :

T he Tamil Nadu Experience,
Mr. Umashankar,MD,ELCOT

12:30–12:45 :
Relevance of ODF on Indian

Industry, Mr. Rajdeep Sahrawat, VP NASSCOM



Impact of ODF on India,

Mr. Sukh Bir Singh, BIS


ODF and e-Governance,Mr. M.Moni, N IC

Local Language Support for ODF, CDAC




Vote of Thanks

Documents are the life blood of modern governments and its citizens. Governments use them to capture knowledge, store critical information, coordinate activities, measure results, and communicate across departments and with businesses and citizens. As documents and services are increasingly transformed from paper to electronic form, there is a growing problem that governments and their stakeholders may not be able to access, retrieve and use critical records, information and documents in the future.To adapt to ever-changing technology and business processes, governments need flexibility and reliability in accessing, using and maintaining these documents. Open file formats -the technology behind documents that determine the level of control governments have to create, exchange and archive information- are the key enabler of this flexibility and reliability.

The requirement to share and save documents with high degrees of fidelity drives common usage of a small number of common file formats. Governments that are tied to technology, strategy and pricing decisions of a single supplier, sometimes without reasonable possibilities to find alternative vendors, are having technology decisions imposed on them, and the businesses and citizens that need to interact with those documents. More alarmingly, governments may not have many options or the right to modify and save archived documents at some future date. That future access is a compelling impetus to move to an open file format. When the format is open, rather than controlled by one particular vendor, governments get the access, flexibility, and reliability they need. Further, they can ensure interoperability between systems, better cost effectiveness, freedom of action, a level playing field and choice for themselves and their citizenry.

To enable governments to have greater control over and direct management of their own records, information and documents, the Open Document Format (ODF) was created and promoted by a industry consortium.

The National Seminar on Open Document Format is being held to focus on the impact of ODF on India and the Indian governments, as well as to increase the awareness of the issue. The seminar is being hosted by the Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, along with NIC.

The institutes and corporates supporting the seminar are enlisted below.

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IIT Delhi
IIT Bombay

ODF Alliance  
IIM Ahmedabad

Sun Microsystems
 Red Hat

Novell, Inc.
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