darrellberry writes: "The UK Government is experimenting with e-democracy — the Prime Minister's website now hosts an e-petition system where any UK resident or citizen can set up a petition and call for signatures online. A recent e-petition achieved over 1 million votes for changes to proposed road tax legislation. A new petition argues that:
You know what to do!"Government documents must be available for tens if not hundreds of years. Currently much electronic documentation is stored in proprietary formats, such as Microsoft's
.doc format. In order to allow future generations access to these documents it is imperative that they be in a fully documented standard. Open Document Format (ISO/IEC 26300:2006) is now the international document standard and as such should be supported by the Government.