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December 28, 2005

Massachusetts CIO who backed OpenDocument to resign

Posted by David Hunter at 8:41 PM ET.

Mark Jewell at the AP:

Massachusetts’ tech adviser is resigning after leading the state to embrace an open, nonproprietary electronic data format that challenges Microsoft Corp.’s dominant Office suite of business software.

Peter Quinn, Republican Gov. Mitt Romney’s technology adviser, says the plan is drawing so much attention that it is hurting other state technology initiatives. So he’s resigning, effective Jan. 12.

Quinn wrote in an e-mail to state Informational Technology Division staff that it was “readily apparent that I have become a lightning rod with regard to any IT initiative,” The Boston Globe reported.

Romney spokeswoman Julie Teeter told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Quinn’s resignation would not affect plans to have the state’s executive offices store records in a new “OpenDocument” format by Jan. 1, 2007.

More from Andy Updegrove here and an update here.

Filed under General Business, Governmental Relations, ODF, Standards

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