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*The [[Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards|OASIS]] Committee Specification [http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/19274/OpenDocument-v1.0ed2-cs1.pdf '''OpenDocument 1.0''' (second edition)] corresponds to the published ISO/IEC 26300:2006 standard. The content of ISO/IEC 26300 and OASIS OpenDocument v1.0 2nd ed. is identical.<ref>{{citation |url=http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/c043485_ISO_IEC_26300_2006(E).zip |title=ISO/IEC 26300:2006 |format=ZIP, PDF |publisher=ISO |accessdate=22 November 2009}}</ref> It includes the editorial changes made to address JTC1 ballot comments. It is available in ODF, HTML and PDF formats.
 
*The [[Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards|OASIS]] Committee Specification [http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/19274/OpenDocument-v1.0ed2-cs1.pdf '''OpenDocument 1.0''' (second edition)] corresponds to the published ISO/IEC 26300:2006 standard. The content of ISO/IEC 26300 and OASIS OpenDocument v1.0 2nd ed. is identical.<ref>{{citation |url=http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/c043485_ISO_IEC_26300_2006(E).zip |title=ISO/IEC 26300:2006 |format=ZIP, PDF |publisher=ISO |accessdate=22 November 2009}}</ref> It includes the editorial changes made to address JTC1 ballot comments. It is available in ODF, HTML and PDF formats.
 
*'''[http://docs.oasis-open.org/office/v1.1/OS/OpenDocument-v1.1.pdf OpenDocument 1.1]''' includes additional features to address accessibility concerns.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=office#odf11 | title=OpenDocument 1.1 Specifications | year=2006 | accessdate=31 October 2006 | publisher=[[OASIS (organization)|OASIS]]}}</ref> It was approved as an OASIS Standard on 2007-02-01 following a call for vote issued on 2007-01-16.<ref>{{cite web | title=Approval of OpenDocument v1.1 as OASIS Standard | url=http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office/200702/msg00003.html | accessdate=6 February 2007 | publisher=[[OASIS (organization)|OASIS]]}}</ref> The public announcement was made on 2007-02-13.<ref>{{cite web | title=Members Approve OpenDocument Version 1.1 as OASIS Standard | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/news/oasis-news-2007-02-14.php | accessdate=15 February 2007 | publisher=[[OASIS (organization)|OASIS]]}}</ref> This version was not initially submitted to ISO/IEC, because it is considered to be a minor update to ODF 1.0 only, and OASIS were working already on ODF 1.2 at the time ODF 1.1 was approved.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.zdnet.co.uk/talkback/0,1000001161,39409700-39001068c-20093634o,00.htm|title=OOXML expert: ODF standard is broken|author=Peter Judge|publisher=ZDNet|date=2 May 2008 -- 14:47 GMT (07:47 PDT)|accessdate=10 September 2012}}</ref> However it was later submitted to ISO/IEC (as of March 2011, it was in "enquiry stage" as Draft Amendment 1 - ISO/IEC 26300:2006/DAM 1) and published in March 2012 as "ISO/IEC 26300:2006/Amd 1:2012 — Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.1".<ref name="iso.org"/><ref name="http"/>
 
*'''[http://docs.oasis-open.org/office/v1.1/OS/OpenDocument-v1.1.pdf OpenDocument 1.1]''' includes additional features to address accessibility concerns.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=office#odf11 | title=OpenDocument 1.1 Specifications | year=2006 | accessdate=31 October 2006 | publisher=[[OASIS (organization)|OASIS]]}}</ref> It was approved as an OASIS Standard on 2007-02-01 following a call for vote issued on 2007-01-16.<ref>{{cite web | title=Approval of OpenDocument v1.1 as OASIS Standard | url=http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office/200702/msg00003.html | accessdate=6 February 2007 | publisher=[[OASIS (organization)|OASIS]]}}</ref> The public announcement was made on 2007-02-13.<ref>{{cite web | title=Members Approve OpenDocument Version 1.1 as OASIS Standard | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/news/oasis-news-2007-02-14.php | accessdate=15 February 2007 | publisher=[[OASIS (organization)|OASIS]]}}</ref> This version was not initially submitted to ISO/IEC, because it is considered to be a minor update to ODF 1.0 only, and OASIS were working already on ODF 1.2 at the time ODF 1.1 was approved.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.zdnet.co.uk/talkback/0,1000001161,39409700-39001068c-20093634o,00.htm|title=OOXML expert: ODF standard is broken|author=Peter Judge|publisher=ZDNet|date=2 May 2008 -- 14:47 GMT (07:47 PDT)|accessdate=10 September 2012}}</ref> However it was later submitted to ISO/IEC (as of March 2011, it was in "enquiry stage" as Draft Amendment 1 - ISO/IEC 26300:2006/DAM 1) and published in March 2012 as "ISO/IEC 26300:2006/Amd 1:2012 — Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.1".<ref name="iso.org"/><ref name="http"/>
*'''[http://docs.oasis-open.org/office/v1.2/OpenDocument-v1.2.pdf OpenDocument 1.2]''' includes additional accessibility features, [[Resource Description Framework|RDF]]-based metadata,<ref name="register">{{cite web|accessdate=18 April 2012|publisher=The Register|url=http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/12/libreoffice_extensions_and_templates_store_open/|date=3 October 2011|title=Open Document Format updated to fix spreadsheets|first=Gavin|last=Clarke}}</ref> a spreadsheet formula specification based on [[OpenFormula]],<ref name="register" /> support for digital signatures and some features suggested by the public. It consists of three parts: Part 1: OpenDocument Schema, Part 2: Recalculated Formula (OpenFormula) Format and Part 3: Packages. Version 1.2 of the specification was approved as an OASIS Standard on 29 September 2011.<ref name="odf12">{{citation |url=http://www.oasis-open.org/news/pr/odf-1-2-approval |title=Members Approve OpenDocument Format (ODF) Version 1.2 as OASIS Standard |date=5 October 2011 |accessdate=12 April 2012}}</ref> It has been submitted to the relevant ISO committee under the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) procedure in March 2014.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink?func=ll&objId=16678620&objAction=Open | format=PDF | title=Minutes of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 6 teleconference meeting, 2014-04-16 | date=2014-04-24 | accessdate=2014-10-13}}</ref> As of October 2014, it has been unanimously approved as a Draft International Standard, some comments have been raised in process that need to be addressed before OpenDocument 1.2 can proceed to become an International Standard.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink?func=ll&objId=16810106&objAction=Open | format=PDF | title=ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 6 N 103 Minutes of teleconference meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 6 2014-09-24, 23:00-00:00 UTC | date=2014-09-25 | accessdate=2014-10-13}}</ref>
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*'''[http://docs.oasis-open.org/office/v1.2/OpenDocument-v1.2.pdf OpenDocument 1.2]''' includes additional accessibility features, [[Resource Description Framework|RDF]]-based metadata,<ref name="register">{{cite web|accessdate=18 April 2012|publisher=The Register|url=http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/12/libreoffice_extensions_and_templates_store_open/|date=3 October 2011|title=Open Document Format updated to fix spreadsheets|first=Gavin|last=Clarke}}</ref> a spreadsheet formula specification based on [[OpenFormula]],<ref name="register" /> support for [[digital signature]]s and some features suggested by the public. It consists of three parts: Part 1: OpenDocument Schema, Part 2: Recalculated Formula (OpenFormula) Format and Part 3: Packages. Version 1.2 of the specification was approved as an OASIS Standard on 29 September 2011.<ref name="odf12">{{citation |url=http://www.oasis-open.org/news/pr/odf-1-2-approval |title=Members Approve OpenDocument Format (ODF) Version 1.2 as OASIS Standard |date=5 October 2011 |accessdate=12 April 2012}}</ref> It has been submitted to the relevant ISO committee under the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) procedure in March 2014.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink?func=ll&objId=16678620&objAction=Open | format=PDF | title=Minutes of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 6 teleconference meeting, 2014-04-16 | date=2014-04-24 | accessdate=2014-10-13}}</ref> As of October 2014, it has been unanimously approved as a Draft International Standard, some comments have been raised in process that need to be addressed before OpenDocument 1.2 can proceed to become an International Standard.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://isotc.iso.org/livelink/livelink?func=ll&objId=16810106&objAction=Open | format=PDF | title=ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 6 N 103 Minutes of teleconference meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 6 2014-09-24, 23:00-00:00 UTC | date=2014-09-25 | accessdate=2014-10-13}}</ref>
   
 
===Future===
 
===Future===

by Kravietz at March 31, 2015 12:49 PM

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Microsoft adds ODF 1.2 to Office 365 to adhere to government demands - ComputerWeekly.com


TechRadar

Microsoft adds ODF 1.2 to Office 365 to adhere to government demands
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“While we already have great ODF support in Office 365, we've worked with GDS to understand the need to be able to create or import a document in another format and export it as ODF 1.2 and will be rolling out this new functionality to Office 365 in ...
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March 31, 2015 11:26 AM

March 30, 2015

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Microsoft promises Office 365 update for open document format - V3.co.uk


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Microsoft promises Office 365 update for open document format
V3.co.uk
Microsoft will issue an update to Office 365 to enhance support for the Open Document Format (ODF) championed by the government, allowing users to export files as ODF regardless of the format they were created in. In a Microsoft blog post, Jesse ...
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March 30, 2015 04:08 PM

March 27, 2015

UK Government

Collection: Open Document Format (ODF) guidance

The UK government has selected ODF as the standard for editable office documents to be used across government.

The documents in this collection look at the ODF standard and related procurement issues. These include how to make sure applications and services dealing with editable documents are ODF-compliant.

March 27, 2015 11:40 PM

Guidance: Open Document Format (ODF): an introduction

The UK government has selected ODF as the standard for editable office documents to be used across government. ODF was selected as the standard for government because it:

  • allows citizens, businesses and other organisations to share and edit documents with government – and vice versa
  • allows people working in government to share and edit documents with each other
  • is compatible with a wide range of software
  • is a reliable long-term solution for storing and accessing information

This guidance gives further general information on the standard.

March 27, 2015 11:15 PM

Guidance: Open Document Format (ODF): user needs

Applications, products and services that government organisations use to deal with editable documents must be compliant with the ODF standard.

This guidance looks at how user needs analysis can help you select the best ODF-compliant document solution for your organisation.

March 27, 2015 11:14 PM

Guidance: Open Document Format (ODF): validators and compliance testing

The UK government has selected ODF as the standard for editable office documents to be used across government.

This guidance gives information on how to ensure applications dealing with editable documents are ODF-compliant.

March 27, 2015 11:14 PM

www.opendocsociety.org

Gov.uk puts ODF Guidance online

The UK government has selected ODF as the standard for editable office documents to be used across government. In order to assist the public and private sector with this major transition, it has published the first installment of a series of guidance documents around OpenDocument Format. The guidance was created in collaboration with OpenDoc Society and theOffice of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO).

The guidance provides a general introduction to the ODF standard, how to make sure applications and services dealing with editable documents are ODF-compliant.and procurement issues.

The Open Document Format (ODF) guidance is available online, and can also be useful for others that want to start working with ODF.

March 27, 2015 10:59 PM

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UK's first chief data officer to focus on making data a public asset - TechRepublic


TechRepublic

UK's first chief data officer to focus on making data a public asset
TechRepublic
Mike Bracken: I chaired the ODF meeting and the board that set the standards. The day of the vote was challenging. Data standards as a forcing function can only work in conjunction with the technical skill necessary to understand and implement them.

and more »

March 27, 2015 10:13 PM

UK Government

News story: Further progress made on open standards

In July 2014 the government selected open document standards for viewing and sharing government documents to make it easier for people to work with government.

The standards set out the document file formats that all government bodies should use. This makes it easier for citizens to access and work with the information that government publishes. It also enables civil servants to work more efficiently through sharing and collaborating on documents.

Since the standards were selected, departments have been publishing their implementation plans for moving to the agreed formats. Several departments have been planning user research and pilots for different software as part of the move to ODF (Open Document Format).

A number of departments are starting to publish in open formats, including the Department for Transport, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department of Health, Department for Work and Pensions, and HM Revenue and Customs. Many more departments will follow by the end of the year.

The government has also been working with a number of software providers to encourage them to improve their support for open formats in order to improve users’ experience when they share documents.

As part of this work, Microsoft has announced that it will include enhanced support for ODF in its cloud­ based software. Francis Maude met with Microsoft’s UK Country Manager, Michel Van der Bel, recognising Microsoft’s work on open standards.

Google has also announced that it brought forward its planned support for exporting presentations in this open format in addition to the existing support for text and spreadsheets. Users will soon be able to export text documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the latest open formats from two of the most commonly used products.

Minister for Cabinet Office, Francis Maude said:

The needs of users are at the heart of everything we do, and it’s great to see that major software suppliers such as Microsoft and Google are improving their support for open formats.

This will give people more choice about the software they use. This supports our digital by default agenda which is helping save citizens, businesses and taxpayers £1.2 billion over this Parliament as part of our long-term economic plan.

March 27, 2015 05:35 PM

March 26, 2015

UK Government

Corporate information: Research at HMRC

Updated: Published details of HMRC's programme of research for 2015 to 2016

Research reports

Our research and analysis publications can be found at HMRC publications: research and analysis.

Working papers series

The working papers are occasional papers on analytical issues, produced by or on behalf of HMRC.

Research activities funded by HMRC

The document below sets out current research activities funded by HMRC’s programme of research:

Contact the research team

If you have any questions about the HMRC research and analysis programme, contact:

Research Enquiries
Bush House (South West Wing), Floor 4
Strand
London
WC2B 4RD

Email: research.enquiries@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

The HMRC Datalab

The HMRC Datalab allows approved researchers to access anonymised HMRC data in a government accredited secure environment.

The aim of the Datalab is to produce high quality analysis that benefits both HMRC and the wider research community.

Datalab projects are not commissioned by HMRC.

Data protection policies and standards

The Datalab follows HMRC’s strict data protection policies. There are restrictions on working practices to safeguard taxpayer confidentiality. To become an ‘approved researcher’, institutions have to submit a proposal and complete a short training course.

The Datalab is governed by the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act (CRCA) 2005, which dictates who HMRC can allow to access their data and for what reasons.

Research proposals for the Datalab must serve one of HMRC’s functions under the CRCA 2005. See IDG47000 - Disclosure for the purposes of HMRC’s functions for further information.

Organisations who can apply to use the Datalab

Access to the Datalab is open to researchers from a UK academic institution or government department.

HMRC also considers applications from not for profit organisations, such as independent research bodies.

International researchers will need to be affiliated, employed by, or studying at a UK university, government department or research organisation.

Applying to use the HMRC Datalab

To apply to use the HMRC Datalab:

  1. download and complete the Datalab project proposal form: HMRC Datalab Project Proposal Application (ODT, 24.7KB)

  2. email the form to: HMRC Datalab

It’s important that your proposal shows how your research will be:

  • useful for HMRC
  • improved using HMRC data rather than other available sources

The Datalab Team will then advise you on your project, and may request more detailed information.

Proposals are then evaluated against these criteria:

  • contribution to HMRC functions
  • long-term benefit to HMRC
  • research design and likely impact of the research
  • feasibility of the research

HMRC is more likely to support projects that are relevant to contemporary research questions.

All research in the HMRC Datalab must be independent, with the results intended for publication.

It may be useful to see this list of approved research proposals to help you with your submission:

HMRC research proposals approved to date

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If you use assistive technology and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email onlineservicessyndicationteam@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

These are topics currently of interest to HMRC which we would like to see explored in the HMRC Datalab:

  • efficiency improvements within HMRC
  • compliance
  • data issues
  • tax policy

Application submission deadlines

Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis:

  • 15 December 2014, to be discussed on 16 January 2015
  • 3 March 2015, to be discussed on 20 March 2015
  • 13 June 2015, to be discussed on 10 July 2015

Available datasets

These are the datasets currently available in the HMRC Datalab.

Other HMRC datasets

You can submit a proposal requesting the use of datasets not listed above, if the information you need is currently not available in the Datalab. Please consult our data catalogue for further information on the data that HMRC holds:

HMRC Data Catalogue

Using and matching your own data

You will need to describe the data you would like to bring and the HMRC Datalab Team will consider each dataset on a case by case basis.

Key identifiers have been removed from the HMRC Datalab datasets as part of the de-identification process so matching will have to be undertaken by HMRC.

Contact the HMRC Datalab

If you have any questions about the Datalab please contact us.

Bush House (South West Wing)
Strand
London
WC2B 4RD

Email: HMRC Datalab

March 26, 2015 04:11 PM

Detailed guide: Reuse DVSA learning materials

Updated: Updated the prices for the FileMaker Pro versions of the revision theory test questions.

About DVSA learning materials

DVSA encourages licensed reuse of its learning materials. You need a licence from DVSA to use its:

  • theory test revision question banks
  • simulated hazard perception test clips
  • photographs, images and graphics
  • other intellectual property

Types of licence you can get

There are 5 different types of licence that you can get:

  • royalty-based
  • royalty-based translation
  • education or research
  • British Sign Language
  • memorandum of understanding

The type of licence you’ll need will depend on how you want to reuse DVSA’s learning materials.

Royalty-based

A royalty-based licence lets you reuse DVSA’s learning materials in an English-language product you plan to make and sell. It lasts for 3 years, but you can renew it.

You must pay DVSA royalties for every 3 months. Royalties are typically 13% of net sales revenue (licensee income after tax) made from your products which are typically (but not exclusively) web-based or downloadable mobile phone applications, CDs, DVDs or books. Sales can also include revenue from subscriptions.

Sample terms: DVSA Crown copyright licence

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Royalty-based translation

You need this licence for commercial products resulting from your translation of DVSA learning materials into a language other than English. A product might also include elements such as learning English for theory and driving tests, if you wish to include this.

You can promote your translated products made under the licence free of charge on the Safe Driving for Life website.

Sample terms: DVSA translation licence

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Education or research

You need this licence to use licensed materials for educational or research purposes if you’re:

  • an educational establishment and you don’t charge pupils for access to the material and there’s no commercial gain
  • doing a research project or coursework and want to use its licensed material

You must confirm that the finished work is not copied, sold, published electronically or made available for sale.

British Sign Language

You need this licence if you want to translate DVSA’s material for the deaf or hard of hearing. You can produce and sell any type of product and don’t have to pay DVSA royalties on your sales.

Memorandum of understanding

You need a memorandum of understanding to reuse crown copyright material if you’re a non-UK government or other UK government department.

Apply for a licence

Fill in the licence application form if you want to apply for a licence.

Reuse theory test revision questions

DVSA does not publish the actual multiple-choice questions and answers used in the theory test, but you can reuse the DVSA theory test revision questions.

You can get revision questions for these test types:

  • car
  • motorcycle
  • large goods vehicle (LGV) and passenger carrying vehicle (PCV)
  • approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1

You can get the questions as either:

Number of test types PDF FileMaker Pro (without VAT)
1 Free £250
2 Free £425
3 Free £566
4 Free £715

You can buy FileMaker Pro CDs from DVSA by:

  • telephone 0115 936 6123 and pay securely by MasterCard, Visa, Delta and UK Electron, for immediate product despatch
  • email to crowncopyright@dsa.gsi.gov.uk to request an official invoice

Knowledge and understanding text

DVSA theory test revision question banks include ‘knowledge and understanding text’ which:

  • explains the context of a question
  • must be included with every question in your product
  • adds value to your product

Reuse hazard perception clips

You can get DVSA simulated hazard perception test clips. These clips aren’t used in the actual test, but look very similar.

DVSA offers:

  • 16 filmed video clips
  • 10 computer-generated imagery (CGI) clips

The DVD with the CGI clips also contains:

  • introductory video explaining how to use the clips
  • scoring window time frames

The CGI clips and the video clips all show potential hazards and hazards that develop into a situation that would make the user respond by changing speed or direction.

Clip details

Disc files - type Number of clips Price (without VAT)
CGI (MPEG-4) 10 £500
Video (MPEG-2) 8 (clips 1 to 8) £150
Video (MPEG-2) 8 (clips 9 to 16) £150
CGI and video 26 (10 CGI and 16 video clips) £600

You can buy hazard perception clips by:

  • telephone 0115 936 6123 and pay securely by MasterCard, Visa, Delta and UK Electron, for immediate product despatch
  • email to crowncopyright@dsa.gsi.gov.uk to request an official invoice

Reuse images and photography

DVSA has an image library on Flickr.

Press and media can get permission to reuse images for press purposes by sending an email to crowncopyright@dsa.gsi.gov.uk.

More extensive use of DVSA’s images is allowed by agreeing an image bank licence agreement. The cost per image is:

  • £100 plus VAT for up to 14 images
  • £75 plus VAT for 15 images and above

Form: request for images

This file is in an OpenDocument format

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Reuse The Highway Code

You can reuse The Highway Code on GOV.UK without asking for permission, but you need to follow the Open Government Licence.

How DVSA protects its copyrighted material

DVSA protects its material against unlicensed use and constantly monitors the use of its material. It will:

  • pursue any case where material has been used without its permission
  • take any necessary legal action in order to protect Crown copyright

You can report infringements to DVSA.

DVSA Crown Copyright

Intellectual Property Department
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street

Nottingham
NG1 6LP

Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

How DVSA trades fairly

The Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 (PSI) established a framework for making the reuse of information held by public bodies easier. PSI Regulations set out the rules that public sector bodies should follow when providing documents for reuse.

DVSA has a delegation of authority from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office which enables it to license reuse of Crown copyright material the DVSA produces.

DVSA is also accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) by the Office of Public Sector Information. IFTS sets out the standard for public sector bodies and encourages reuse of copyright material, fairness and transparency.

Complain about how DVSA trades

You should email the DVSA Intellectual Property Team if you’re unhappy and don’t feel DVSA has followed the principles set out by the IFTS or the rules in the PSI regulations: crowncopyright@dsa.gsi.gov.uk

If you can’t settle matters through DVSA’s complaints procedure complain to The Office of Public Sector Information which operates the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS).

March 26, 2015 02:09 PM

March 25, 2015

Apache OpenOffice Blog

LibreOffice finally to go online - ZDNet


ZDNet

​LibreOffice finally to go online
ZDNet
LibreOffice's supporters would say yes, because it will be the only one that fully supports native Open Document Format (ODF). ODF is an Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and ISO document standard.
LibreOffice heads to the cloud in bid to take on Microsoft and GoogleInquirer
LibreOffice in the browser, revealed in 2011, finally close to realityArs Technica
LibreOffice moves to the cloud to take on Office Online and Google DocsBetaNews
Liliputing -FierceCIO -Ubergizmo (blog)
all 21 news articles »

March 25, 2015 09:13 PM

LibreOffice Online sfida Office 365 e Google Docs - Webnews


Tom's Hardware

LibreOffice Online sfida Office 365 e Google Docs
Webnews
Questo prototipo verrà presto trasformato in un'applicazione cloud e diventerà l'alternativa open source a soluzioni proprietarie, come Google Docs e Microsoft Office 365, la prima a supportare in modo nativo lo standard Open Document Format (ODF).
LibreOffice Online, la sfida con Office si sposta sul cloudTom's Hardware

all 2 news articles »

March 25, 2015 05:12 PM

LibreOffice in the browser, revealed in 2011, finally close to reality - Ars Technica


Ars Technica

LibreOffice in the browser, revealed in 2011, finally close to reality
Ars Technica
"That proof of concept will be developed into a state of the art cloud application, which will become the free alternative to proprietary solutions such as Google Docs and Office 365, and the first to natively support the Open Document Format (ODF ...
LibreOffice Online will bring open source office suite to the cloudLiliputing
LibreOffice Online Is An Open Source Alternative To Office 365 And Google DocsUbergizmo (blog)
Upcoming LibreOffice Online wants to compete with Google Docs, Office 365FierceCIO

all 11 news articles »

March 25, 2015 03:16 PM

Why the UK government must adopt Open Document Format - The Information Daily


The Information Daily

Why the UK government must adopt Open Document Format
The Information Daily
But document freedom starts at the top, at government level, and on this day UK public sector bodies can really adhere to Open Standards Principles and enable UK industry innovation by making Open Document Format (ODF) their default file application.

March 25, 2015 02:07 PM

March 20, 2015

UK Government

Detailed guide: Key stage 2 tests: how to apply for a timetable variation

Updated: Updated for 2015

Some pupils may be able to take a test at a different time from the rest of the cohort, subject to strict criteria. Schools can use 2 types of timetable variation to change the 2015 test timetable (ODT, 50.4KB) . Both must be approved by the headteacher before submission to STA.

You can use a timetable variation to vary the test time:

  • to a different day, up to 5 school days after the day specified in the statutory timetable
  • between 7:00am and 7:00pm on the day of a test, so that an individual pupil can take a test on the scheduled date, but separately from the rest of the cohort

Under no circumstances may a test be taken before the day specified in the statutory timetable.

Apply for a timetable variation

You must complete the appropriate form on the ‘Access arrangements’ section of the NCA tools website.

All timetable variations must be approved by the headteacher before submission to STA. Schools can use 2 types of timetable variation. Both must be approved by the headteacher. Timetable variations can be used to change the statutory timetable:

  • by up to a week (5 school days) after the day specified in the statutory timetable
  • so that an individual child can take a test on the scheduled date, but separately from the rest of the cohort, between 7:00am and 7:00pm on the day of a test

Under no circumstances may a test be taken before the day specified in the statutory timetable.

Timetable variations will only be granted if:

  • pupils take the test(s) at the nominated time(s)
  • we are informed of any variation to the nominated time(s)
  • the pupils are kept apart from other pupils who have taken the test(s)
  • the pupils haven’t had access to the internet

It is maladministration for a school to vary the statutory test timetable without us giving permission or a school providing notification to us, as appropriate. This could lead to the annulment of pupils’ results. If you are in any doubt about the type of timetable variation to make, contact the national curriculum assessments helpline.

If you are in any doubt about the type of timetable variation to make, contact the national curriculum assessments helpline.

To move a test by up to 5 school days

Submit an online ‘Application for a timetable variation’ form on the ‘Access arrangements’ section of the NCA tools website to move the test to a different day. You can move a test up to 5 school days after the date specified in the statutory timetable. You must not administer the test to the pupil until we have approved your application.

We will consider your application if a pupil:

  • is absent on the day of the test due to illness
  • has an important appointment that can’t be rearranged, eg hospital appointments, court appearances and national and international sports participation
  • is observing a religious or cultural festival

We will also consider applications if your school:

  • is being used as a polling station for local or general elections, if it isn’t possible to continue with test administration in another part of the school
  • has to deal with unforeseeable problems, eg flooding
  • has a short working day, eg in a pupil referral unit
  • has received its test materials late, so that it can’t administer the tests on the scheduled dates

We will not allow the test timetable to be changed for:

  • family holidays
  • school activities, eg staff training events, field trips and excursions

Approval

If a pupil is absent on the day of the test, wait until the pupil has returned to school before making an application. We won’t accept applications unless we are sure which day the test will be taken.

You need to allow up to an hour for your application to be processed. Please bear this in mind when submitting your application. The pupil must not take the test until the application has been formally approved.

You will receive an automated email to tell you whether your application has been approved, rejected or that more information is required.

To vary the time of a test on the scheduled day

You must notify us if you are going to make a timetable variation for individual pupils between 7:00am and 7:00pm on the day of a test. In the interest of pupil welfare, pupils mustn’t take the tests before 7:00am or after 7:00pm.

You may move the test on the scheduled day if, for example:

  • a pupil is ill
  • a pupil arrives late
  • you need to move a test to the afternoon so you can arrange for a scribe because a pupil arrives in school on the morning of a scheduled test with a broken arm
  • you need to stagger the tests because you have a large cohort but not enough staff to administer the tests to all pupils at the same time
  • you have a number of pupils who need readers, translators or scribes and you don’t have enough staff to support them if they were to take the test at the same time

Approval

Submit an online ‘Notification of a timetable variation’ form using the ‘Access arrangements’ section of the NCA tools website before the test is administered to the pupil. We don’t approve or reject notifications so you don’t need to wait to administer the test to the pupil.

Headteachers’ responsibilities

Headteachers must make a judgement about any proposed timetable variations.

Schools must not administer a timetable variation unless the headteacher can confirm that:

  • the content of the test(s) has remained confidential
  • the pupil has not been in contact with any of the pupils who have already taken the test(s)
  • the pupil has not had access to the internet

Headteachers may decide to contact the pupil’s parents to confirm that the integrity of the tests has been maintained. If a pupil has had contact with pupils who have taken the test or access to the internet, the pupil must not take the test. They must be marked as absent on the attendance register.

This table summarises what action you need to take if a pupil is late or absent on the day of a test.

Circumstance Action required ‘Application’ or ‘notification’ of a timetable variation required?
A pupil arrives late but before the rest of the pupils have completed the test. The pupil should be given the full time to complete the test. No
A pupil arrives after the test has been completed, but before the rest of the cohort has left the test room. The pupil should be kept isolated from the rest of the cohort until the pupil’s rescheduled test has been administered. No
A pupil arrives after the test has been completed and the pupils have left the test room. The pupil should be kept isolated from the rest of the cohort until the pupil’s rescheduled test has been administered. Yes - notification of a timetable variation
The school is unable to administer a test to the whole cohort in 1 sitting. The school may administer the test in 2 or more sittings on the scheduled day of the test. No pupil should have the opportunity to communicate with any pupil who has already taken the test. Yes -notification of a timetable variation
A pupil is absent on the day of a test and returns to school within 5 school days of the published test date. The headteacher must first confirm that the pupil hasn’t had any contact with any other pupil who has already sat the test or had access to the internet. Yes - application for a timetable variation

Help and support

Standards and Testing Agency

For general enquiries about national curriculum tests.

March 20, 2015 03:28 PM

Form: VAT Mini One Stop Shop: Non-Union Return

Use this return template if you want to upload your Non-Union VAT MOSS Return to HMRC Online Services.

There are 2 versions of the template, both are OpenDocument format. The version you should download depends on the software you choose to use.

You can use:

  • the free LibreOffice software
  • Microsoft Excel - Microsoft Office 2010

Make sure you download the correct version of the template for your software.

March 20, 2015 12:20 PM

Corporate information: Working for British High Commission New Delhi

Updated: New vacancy for Chennai Residence & Post Events Officer

Welcome to the Working with us section of British High Commission in India.

The British High Commission and its offices across India offer a huge range of interesting jobs. The work of the BHC ranges from helping distressed British nationals, to political and economic analysis, to issuing visas, to tackling climate change, to promoting UK-India trade and much much more. This means that the jobs we have on offer cover all of these areas.

The British High Commission welcomes applications irrespective of race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, creed or age.

Vacancies

British High Commission, Delhi

Last date of application is Monday, 23 March 2015 midnight

British High Commission, Delhi

Last date of application is Tuesday, 24 March 2015 midnight

British High Commission, Delhi

Last date of application is Tuesday, 24 March 2015 midnight

British High Commission, Delhi

Last date of application is Monday, 30 March 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Chennai

Last date of application is Tuesday, 31 March 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Chennai

  • Chef (PDF, 39.1KB, 3 pages)

Last date of application is Sunday, 22 March 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Chennai

Last date of application is Monday, 23 March 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Chennai

Last date of application is Friday, 10 April 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Chennai

Last date of application is Sunday, 5 April 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai

Last date of application is Monday, 23 March 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai

Last date of application is Tuesday, 24 March 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai

Last date of application is Friday, 27 March 2015 midnight

British Deputy High Commission, Chennai or Bangalore

Last date of application is Tuesday, 7 April 2015 midnight

Civil Services Competencies

Job Application Form

Jobs and lottery frauds. Beware!

Job offers from the UK Government:

  • The UK Government, including UK Trade and Investment, does not send unsolicited emails with job offers - either direct or through agents. Government vacancies are advertised on official websites in the UK or in India on the British High Commission’s website.
  • All British High Commission vacancies are filled through a competitive process managed by our Human Resources section. You will never be approached directly by the High Commissioner with an offer of a job.
  • Some job scams falsely use the names and job titles of genuine High Commission staff. A genuine email from an official member of staff will always be sent from our official email address - @fco.gov.uk. It will never be sent from a hotmail or yahoo type email account.

If the offer sounds too good to be true…beware. It could be a scam.

Many people in India are being cheated with job offers and lotteries that do not exist. Stop and think before you part with your money, your passport, your personal details or your current job.

Many scams may appear to come from the UK, but the criminals behind the scam are actually based in other countries.

It is likely to be a scam if:

  • You receive an offer of a job about which you have no prior knowledge
  • You receive an offer by email
  • You are asked for your bank account details by email or phone
  • You are offered cash in exchange for bank account details
  • You are told you have won a lottery, but you have not bought a ticket.

If you receive a scam email:

  • Do not pay any money
  • Do not have any further contact with the originators of the email - these people are professional criminals and their aim is to exploit you and take your money and/or your personal details.

If you have been cheated because of a job or lottery scam:

  • Report it to the Indian police authorities.

This is an international crime - investigations must be taken forward by the Indian police, CBI and Interpol. The British High Commission has no jurisdiction to investigate or take out criminal prosecutions in India.

How to find out if a UK company is genuine:

Some job scams can be very clever. Check the company’s details very carefully.

Genuine UK company websites may be provided, but the contact email addresses may be false. A genuine company name may be given, but the address will be wrong. For example: genuine website - www.ukvisas.gov.uk. False contact details - ukvisas@hotmail.co.uk.

  • Genuine UK companies are officially registered and can be checked by logging on to www.companieshouse.gov.uk
  • Phone the company in the UK if you are approached about a UK job
  • Genuine UK companies do not give a mobile number for contact details. Request a landline number
  • UK company addresses can be checked by logging on to: www.upmystreet.co.uk
  • Most genuine UK companies do not use a hotmail or yahoo type email account.

Job offers from the UK Government:

  • The UK Government, including UK Trade and Investment, does not send unsolicited emails with job offers - either direct or through agents. Government vacancies are advertised on official websites in the UK: www.careers-civilservice.gov.uk or in India on the British High Commission’s website.
  • Some job scams falsely use the names and job titles of genuine High Commission staff. A genuine email from an official member of staff will always be sent from our official email address - @fco.gov.uk. It will never be sent from a hotmail or yahoo type email account.

Research UK jobs and terms and conditions of employment:

Think about:

  • The credibility of the job offer you have received. Are the salary and benefits offered realistic? For example, for jobs in the hospitality sector, a monthly salary of £4,000 plus benefits of free car, free health insurance, free accommodation, free flights for you and your family, plus generous leave entitlements etc are simply not credible.

  • The recruitment procedure. Genuine UK companies normally have a rigorous recruitment procedure, including a face-to-face interview. They would not usually offer a job by email;

  • How you were contacted by the UK company. For example, if you met an employee in an internet chat room who then made you a job offer, this is very likely to be a scam.

Visa fees:

  • Current visa fees are published on the VFS website: www.vfs-uk-in.com
  • Visa application forms are free of charge. Information and guidance on application procedures are published on www.vfs-uk-in.com; www.ukvisas.gov.uk and www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
  • British High Commission staff do not ask you for payment of fees directly. Visa fees are paid at VFS visa application centres where all applications are made. There are no “additional visa fees”
  • The UK Government does not provide or charge for “additional services” such as travel insurance, health screening checks, police checks, security checks etc.

Lottery scams:

  • All genuine UK lotteries are registered and have websites
  • If you did not buy a ticket, you cannot win a lottery
  • UK lotteries do not email winners or refer to amounts won
  • Further advice on lottery-related frauds is available from the Gambling Commission: log on to www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

March 20, 2015 11:16 AM

March 18, 2015

UK Government

Detailed guide: Criminal justice system: data standards forum guidance

Updated: Case Marker Descriptive v.2, Offence Initiation Code v.4 and National Court Codes v.6.0 added.

Overview

The CJS in England and Wales uses a commonly agreed set of data standards to support ICT communications between the systems used by criminal justice organisations (CJOs). These data standards are designed specifically to support the operation of the CJS. They are to be used with open data standards as defined in the government’s Open Standards Principles. The government’s open standards are selected by the Cabinet Office standards hub.

Common data standards are used by CJOs, their ICT suppliers and potential suppliers wishing to bid for CJS contracts. They are also used to support the data analytics of criminal justice information.

These standards are available to the public under the Open Government Licence.

The selection of the CJS data standards is made by the CJS Data Standards Forum. This is a technical forum which has representatives from the principal CJOs.

Geography

The CJS data standards apply to all CJOs in England and Wales.

Data standards catalogue

CJS data standards catalogue 5.0

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CJS data standards catalogue 4.3

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CJS data standards catalogue 4.3 to 5.0 change log

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The catalogue contains data standards to support the exchange of criminal justice information between different CJOs. Only the latest version of the catalogue is current. Earlier versions of the catalogue are provided to:

  • track changes between the different versions to help organisations understand the practical implications of the ‘before’ and ‘after’ versions of altered standards
  • provide historical versions of the standards, especially those with lists of values, which may be used for historical reporting purposes and statistical analysis of historical data

A change log specifically identifies the changes between 2 successive versions of the catalogue. Use the change log to rapidly identify items that have changed between a version of the catalogue and its immediate successor.

How to use the catalogue

Use the CJS data standards when sending criminal justice information from one CJO to another. The data standards don’t have to be used within CJOs.

Options for implementing the CJS data standards

Each CJO can decide how to implement the standards. It can either

  • map its internal data standards to the criminal justice data standards when sending information to a different CJO
  • adopt one or more of the CJS data standards as its internal data standard. This avoids the costs and performance impacts of mapping to the CJS data standards when sending information to a different CJO

Each CJO should make its decision on how to use the CJS data standards based on the contribution those standards make both in terms of the system’s functional and non-functional requirements and in the context of a total cost of ownership model.

Ensuring CJS data standards implementation

To ensure that the CJS data standards are used, CJOs should contractually specify that:

  • suppliers comply with the CJS data standards for the transmission of information both for ICT development and during service management
  • ICT suppliers monitor the CJS data standards web pages and always use the latest versions of those standards
  • the latest version of the CJS data standards is downloaded directly from the CJS data standards web pages
  • suppliers subscribe to receive updates to the CJS data standards

Subscribing to updates of this page will give you notifications of:

  • new versions of the catalogue
  • new versions of standards which have yet to be entered into a new version of the catalogue
  • updates to code lists

CJOs should also consider mapping the data standards to any supporting technical documentation such as logical data models and interface specifications.

Types of data standard

The catalogue includes 3 different types of data standard:

  • formatting standards
  • organisational structure standards
  • reference data standards

Formatting standards

These are concerned with the structure of a common type of data item such as dates or notes fields in a message or a database table. Use the common format for such items when you send information between different organisations. Formatting standards don’t have lists of actual values associated with them.

Organisational structure standards

Organisational structure standards describe the logical structure of an organisation. You can use these to work out the allocation of responsibilities in that they uniquely identify organisational units. This helps the correct transmission of information from one part of a CJO to part of a different CJO. Use organisational structure standards also to support reporting.

Reference data standards

A reference data standard categorises other data by using a commonly accepted list of mutually exclusive values. For example, a record for a person might include the person’s gender by use of the reference data standard ‘Gender Type Code’. Using a common list of such values across the CJS helps create a shared understanding of the correct interpretation of such classifications.

Code lists for data standards

Many of the lists for the reference data standards and organisational structure standards are comparatively small. In those cases the complete list for that standard is given in the catalogue.

A smaller number of standards are either too large to put in the catalogue or are subject to comparatively frequent change. In either of these cases the CJO that stewards the specific standard must provide that list. Each data standard in the catalogue specifies the organisation that acts as its steward.

Where the stewarding body is the Data Standards Forum itself, or where the body falls under the remit of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the lists of the data values are provided here.

Code lists for reference data standards

The lists of data values for reference data standards managed either by the Data Standards Forum or MOJ which are not in the catalogue are:

Code lists for organisational structure standards

The lists of data values for organisational structure standards are all elements of the ‘Organisation Unit (OU) Identifier’ structure of the data standards catalogue. The top level codes are specified in the catalogue. Elements below the top level are managed separately by the various CJOs. The code lists for HMCTS magistrates and Crown Courts are given below:

CJSE courts BC OU codes v7.4

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CJS standards and open standards

The CJS data standards are sector specific. Any interested party can use them, subject to the Open Government Licence. They are different from the open standards selected for government IT. The open standards are at the Cabinet Office’s standards hub.

If there’s a choice between the 2, then open standards must take precedence as they are mandated by Cabinet Office policy.

Engaging with the Data Standards Forum

The CJS Data Standards Forum undertakes technical management of the CJS data standards. All of the principal CJOs are represented on the forum.

If you’re a member of a CJO, contact your forum representative for any issues related to CJS data standards. This includes queries about particular standards, change requests to existing standards or requirements for new standards.

Suppliers should contact their contracting CJO to raise any issues relating to the CJS data standards. In turn, the CJO should contact their representative on the forum.

If your CJO doesn’t have a representative and you want to get involved, contact the chair at CJSDataStandards@justice.gsi.gov.uk

Changes to the standards

There are 2 types of process which could result in a change to the CJS Data Standards catalogue:

  • a CJO can raise a change request to create, update or retire a data standard
  • forum representatives may initiate changes as part of a continued review process of the contents of the catalogue.

Continued review

The Data Standards Forum continuously reviews the catalogue as a standing action. The aim is to produce a set of standards that is as small as possible while still being fit for purpose. It contributes to the ‘Value for Money’ agenda by focusing on existing business need to reduce the costs of compliance. Each forum meeting reviews a number of the standards to ensure that they’re relevant and meet the business need.

Notification of changes

Changes to standards will be posted here. They will stay here until they’ve been included into a new version of the catalogue.

National court code

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Legal aid status standard

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Case marker descriptive v.2

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Offence initiation code v.4

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March 18, 2015 04:55 PM

March 16, 2015

Apache OpenOffice Blog

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March 16, 2015 07:19 PM

WebODF news

WebODF 0.5.6 released, adding two more toolbar options to Wodo.TextEditor

The last month of WebODF development saw mainly internal code cleanups. Just, no reason to withhold you the one new feature in Wodo.TextEditor and the one bug fix in WebODF.

Go to the Download page and update your deployment of webodf.js or the Wodo.TextEditor. Or check the demos.

March 16, 2015 12:00 AM

March 14, 2015

ODF Wikipedia Page

Yobot: WP:CHECKWIKI error fixes using AWB (10861)

WP:CHECKWIKI error fixes using AWB (10861)

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The OpenDocument standard was developed by a Technical Committee (TC) under the [[Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards]] industry consortium. The ODF-TC has members from a diverse set of companies and individuals. Active TC members have voting rights. Members associated with Sun and IBM have sometimes had a large voting influence.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/membership.php?wg_abbrev=office | title=OpenDocument TC's {{Sic|hide=y|publicly|-}}visible membership roster | accessdate=3 November 2007}}</ref> The standardization process involved the developers of many office suites or related document systems. The first official ODF-TC meeting to discuss the standard was 16 December 2002; OASIS approved OpenDocument as an OASIS Standard on 1 May 2005. OASIS submitted the ODF specification to [[ISO/IEC JTC1|ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1]] (JTC 1) on 16 November 2005, under Publicly Available Specification (PAS) rules. ISO/IEC Standardization for an open document standard including text, spreadsheet and presentation was proposed for the first time in [[DKUUG]] the 28th August 200<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.open-std.org/keld/iso26300-odf/dkuug-std-010828.pdf | title=Meeting agenda for DKUUG STD 2001-08-28 - item 5.6 | accessdate=13 March 2015}}</ref>1.
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The OpenDocument standard was developed by a Technical Committee (TC) under the [[Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards]] industry consortium. The ODF-TC has members from a diverse set of companies and individuals. Active TC members have voting rights. Members associated with Sun and IBM have sometimes had a large voting influence.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/membership.php?wg_abbrev=office | title=OpenDocument TC's {{Sic|hide=y|publicly|-}}visible membership roster | accessdate=3 November 2007}}</ref> The standardization process involved the developers of many office suites or related document systems. The first official ODF-TC meeting to discuss the standard was 16 December 2002; OASIS approved OpenDocument as an OASIS Standard on 1 May 2005. OASIS submitted the ODF specification to [[ISO/IEC JTC1|ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1]] (JTC 1) on 16 November 2005, under Publicly Available Specification (PAS) rules. ISO/IEC Standardization for an open document standard including text, spreadsheet and presentation was proposed for the first time in [[DKUUG]] the 28th August 2001<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.open-std.org/keld/iso26300-odf/dkuug-std-010828.pdf | title=Meeting agenda for DKUUG STD 2001-08-28 - item 5.6 | accessdate=13 March 2015}}</ref>.
   
 
After a six-month review period, on 3 May 2006, OpenDocument unanimously passed its six-month DIS (Draft International Standard) ballot in [[JTC 1]] ([[ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34]]), with broad participation,<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | title=Summary of Voting on DIS ISO/IEC 26300 - Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 | date=13 June 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | author=ISO/IEC SC34 Secretariat | work=ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document Repository | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20061001180333/http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | archivedate = 1 October 2006}}</ref> after which the OpenDocument specification was "approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard" under the name ISO/IEC 26300:2006.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.iso.org/iso/en/commcentre/pressreleases/2006/Ref1004.html | title=ISO and IEC approve OpenDocument OASIS standard for data interoperability of office applications | date=8 May 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | work=ISO Press Releases | publisher=[[International Organization for Standardization|ISO]]}}</ref>
 
After a six-month review period, on 3 May 2006, OpenDocument unanimously passed its six-month DIS (Draft International Standard) ballot in [[JTC 1]] ([[ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34]]), with broad participation,<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | title=Summary of Voting on DIS ISO/IEC 26300 - Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 | date=13 June 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | author=ISO/IEC SC34 Secretariat | work=ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document Repository | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20061001180333/http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | archivedate = 1 October 2006}}</ref> after which the OpenDocument specification was "approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard" under the name ISO/IEC 26300:2006.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.iso.org/iso/en/commcentre/pressreleases/2006/Ref1004.html | title=ISO and IEC approve OpenDocument OASIS standard for data interoperability of office applications | date=8 May 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | work=ISO Press Releases | publisher=[[International Organization for Standardization|ISO]]}}</ref>

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The OpenDocument standard was developed by a Technical Committee (TC) under the [[Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards]] industry consortium. The ODF-TC has members from a diverse set of companies and individuals. Active TC members have voting rights. Members associated with Sun and IBM have sometimes had a large voting influence.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/membership.php?wg_abbrev=office | title=OpenDocument TC's {{Sic|hide=y|publicly|-}}visible membership roster | accessdate=3 November 2007}}</ref> The standardization process involved the developers of many office suites or related document systems. The first official ODF-TC meeting to discuss the standard was 16 December 2002; OASIS approved OpenDocument as an OASIS Standard on 1 May 2005. OASIS submitted the ODF specification to [[ISO/IEC JTC1|ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1]] (JTC 1) on 16 November 2005, under Publicly Available Specification (PAS) rules. ISO/IEC Standardization for an open document standard including text, spreadsheet and presentation was proposed for the first time in [[DKUUG]] the 28th August 2001.
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The OpenDocument standard was developed by a Technical Committee (TC) under the [[Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards]] industry consortium. The ODF-TC has members from a diverse set of companies and individuals. Active TC members have voting rights. Members associated with Sun and IBM have sometimes had a large voting influence.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/membership.php?wg_abbrev=office | title=OpenDocument TC's {{Sic|hide=y|publicly|-}}visible membership roster | accessdate=3 November 2007}}</ref> The standardization process involved the developers of many office suites or related document systems. The first official ODF-TC meeting to discuss the standard was 16 December 2002; OASIS approved OpenDocument as an OASIS Standard on 1 May 2005. OASIS submitted the ODF specification to [[ISO/IEC JTC1|ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1]] (JTC 1) on 16 November 2005, under Publicly Available Specification (PAS) rules. ISO/IEC Standardization for an open document standard including text, spreadsheet and presentation was proposed for the first time in [[DKUUG]] the 28th August 200<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.open-std.org/keld/iso26300-odf/dkuug-std-010828.pdf | title=Meeting agenda for DKUUG STD 2001-08-28 - item 5.6 | accessdate=13 March 2015}}</ref>1.
   
 
After a six-month review period, on 3 May 2006, OpenDocument unanimously passed its six-month DIS (Draft International Standard) ballot in [[JTC 1]] ([[ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34]]), with broad participation,<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | title=Summary of Voting on DIS ISO/IEC 26300 - Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 | date=13 June 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | author=ISO/IEC SC34 Secretariat | work=ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document Repository | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20061001180333/http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | archivedate = 1 October 2006}}</ref> after which the OpenDocument specification was "approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard" under the name ISO/IEC 26300:2006.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.iso.org/iso/en/commcentre/pressreleases/2006/Ref1004.html | title=ISO and IEC approve OpenDocument OASIS standard for data interoperability of office applications | date=8 May 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | work=ISO Press Releases | publisher=[[International Organization for Standardization|ISO]]}}</ref>
 
After a six-month review period, on 3 May 2006, OpenDocument unanimously passed its six-month DIS (Draft International Standard) ballot in [[JTC 1]] ([[ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34]]), with broad participation,<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | title=Summary of Voting on DIS ISO/IEC 26300 - Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 | date=13 June 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | author=ISO/IEC SC34 Secretariat | work=ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document Repository | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20061001180333/http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | archivedate = 1 October 2006}}</ref> after which the OpenDocument specification was "approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard" under the name ISO/IEC 26300:2006.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.iso.org/iso/en/commcentre/pressreleases/2006/Ref1004.html | title=ISO and IEC approve OpenDocument OASIS standard for data interoperability of office applications | date=8 May 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | work=ISO Press Releases | publisher=[[International Organization for Standardization|ISO]]}}</ref>

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The OpenDocument standard was developed by a Technical Committee (TC) under the [[Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards]] industry consortium. The ODF-TC has members from a diverse set of companies and individuals. Active TC members have voting rights. Members associated with Sun and IBM have sometimes had a large voting influence.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/membership.php?wg_abbrev=office | title=OpenDocument TC's {{Sic|hide=y|publicly|-}}visible membership roster | accessdate=3 November 2007}}</ref> The standardization process involved the developers of many office suites or related document systems. The first official ODF-TC meeting to discuss the standard was 16 December 2002; OASIS approved OpenDocument as an OASIS Standard on 1 May 2005. OASIS submitted the ODF specification to [[ISO/IEC JTC1|ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1]] (JTC1) on 16 November 2005, under Publicly Available Specification (PAS) rules.
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The OpenDocument standard was developed by a Technical Committee (TC) under the [[Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards]] industry consortium. The ODF-TC has members from a diverse set of companies and individuals. Active TC members have voting rights. Members associated with Sun and IBM have sometimes had a large voting influence.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/membership.php?wg_abbrev=office | title=OpenDocument TC's {{Sic|hide=y|publicly|-}}visible membership roster | accessdate=3 November 2007}}</ref> The standardization process involved the developers of many office suites or related document systems. The first official ODF-TC meeting to discuss the standard was 16 December 2002; OASIS approved OpenDocument as an OASIS Standard on 1 May 2005. OASIS submitted the ODF specification to [[ISO/IEC JTC1|ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1]] (JTC 1) on 16 November 2005, under Publicly Available Specification (PAS) rules. ISO/IEC Standardization for an open document standard including text, spreadsheet and presentation was proposed for the first time in [[DKUUG]] the 28th August 2001.
   
 
After a six-month review period, on 3 May 2006, OpenDocument unanimously passed its six-month DIS (Draft International Standard) ballot in [[JTC 1]] ([[ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34]]), with broad participation,<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | title=Summary of Voting on DIS ISO/IEC 26300 - Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 | date=13 June 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | author=ISO/IEC SC34 Secretariat | work=ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document Repository | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20061001180333/http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | archivedate = 1 October 2006}}</ref> after which the OpenDocument specification was "approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard" under the name ISO/IEC 26300:2006.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.iso.org/iso/en/commcentre/pressreleases/2006/Ref1004.html | title=ISO and IEC approve OpenDocument OASIS standard for data interoperability of office applications | date=8 May 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | work=ISO Press Releases | publisher=[[International Organization for Standardization|ISO]]}}</ref>
 
After a six-month review period, on 3 May 2006, OpenDocument unanimously passed its six-month DIS (Draft International Standard) ballot in [[JTC 1]] ([[ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34]]), with broad participation,<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | title=Summary of Voting on DIS ISO/IEC 26300 - Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 | date=13 June 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | author=ISO/IEC SC34 Secretariat | work=ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 Document Repository | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20061001180333/http://www.jtc1sc34.org/repository/0728revc.htm | archivedate = 1 October 2006}}</ref> after which the OpenDocument specification was "approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard" under the name ISO/IEC 26300:2006.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.iso.org/iso/en/commcentre/pressreleases/2006/Ref1004.html | title=ISO and IEC approve OpenDocument OASIS standard for data interoperability of office applications | date=8 May 2006 | accessdate=24 August 2006 | work=ISO Press Releases | publisher=[[International Organization for Standardization|ISO]]}}</ref>

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March 12, 2015

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UK Daily Fantasy Sports Could Follow in US Footsteps - ODF Report


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March 12, 2015 12:02 PM

March 11, 2015

UK Government

Detailed guide: Academies revenue funding allocations

Updated: This page has been updated to include the pupil number adjustment calculator for the 2014 to 2015 academic year.

Academies revenue funding allocations

Academies (including special academies) are funded on the same basis as maintained schools. They receive annual funding allocations from the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

The A to Z of academies funding explains the main funding terms and acronyms and includes links to further information.

We use pupil numbers as the basis for most of your funding. These are taken from either your autumn census return or your agreed estimate of pupil numbers, depending on what your funding statement specifies as the basis for your funding.

EFA calculates funding using a local authority (LA) formula for mainstream provision, and place-led funding for high needs institutions. You’ll also get additional funding through the education services grant (ESG), which covers the cost of services LAs provide directly to maintained schools.

EFA provides funding for academies for the academic year, from September to August. This is different to maintained schools which are funded for the financial year, from April to March.

Most funding for academies comes from the general annual grant (GAG). More information on funding outside the GAG (which includes capital and pupil premium allocations) is available in our guide to estimating your allocation and in our short training video.

Each LA agrees funding factors and rates in consultation with their schools forum. For mainstream academies the funding formula incorporates pupil-led factors such as basic entitlement, deprivation, prior attainment, mobility and English as an additional language (EAL). These are combined with other factors based on the institution, such as a lump sum for premises costs, split site funding or a sparsity factor for small rural academies.

Allocations for 2015 to 2016 academic year

The funding allocation pack guides academies through their funding allocation. It includes sample tables and explains how each element is calculated.

A PNA calculator (ODS, 9.83KB) from EFA sent in July 2014 to all academies summarizes the main funding changes for the 2015 to 2016 academic year and sets out arrangements for the Education Services Grant (ESG).

You can also access our series of short training videos which explain the funding changes for academies and free schools in more detail.

The presentations cover:

  • the essentials of academy funding for the 2015 to 2016 academic year
  • funding for free schools, UTCs and studio schools
  • engaging with your schools forum
  • the education services grant - includes a worked example of the new tapered funding protection
  • the minimum funding guarantee - including capping and scaling
  • funding for new academies
  • funding outside your general annual grant

We also hosted two interactive webinars in October, offering participants the opportunity to ask a panel of experts questions about next year’s funding.

The webinars cover:

  • funding for academies: 2015 to 2016 academic year
  • funding for free schools, UTCs and studio schools

You can watch the recorded webinars now.

Allocations for 2014 to 2015 academic year

The funding allocation pack guides academies through their allocation.

Our series of online briefings and webinars sets out how we calculate your funding.

The presentations cover:

  • pre-16 mainstream funding – an overview of changes to how we calculate pre-16 schools funding and an update on recent changes
  • post-16 funding – an update of changes in post-16 funding
  • high needs funding for academies – an overview of high needs funding in mainstream and specialist provision
  • high needs funding for local authorities – understanding high needs funding from a LA perspective

The recorded webinars cover:

  • high needs funding for academies
  • high needs funding for LAs
  • funding for free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges

You can find a summary of the main changes to funding in the 2014 to 2015 academic year in a letter from Sue Baldwin, EFA Director of Academies and Maintained Schools, sent in June 2013.

16 to 19 funding allocations

Information about how colleges, schools and academies receive their allocations is available on our 16 to 19 funding allocations guidance page.

General annual grant

The general annual grant (GAG) is made up of:

  • school budget share – calculated on the same basis as for maintained schools in the same LA
  • education services grant (ESG) – allocated based on pupil numbers

As in the 2014 to 2015 academic year, in 2015 to 2016 the school budget share is protected by a minimum funding guarantee. This means per pupil funding will not fall by more than 1.5% compared with the previous year.

The minimum funding guarantee calculation excludes funding for sixth forms and places in special units.

Education services grant

Academies receive education services grant (ESG) at a rate of:

  • £140 per pupil in the 2014 to 2015 academic year
  • £87 per pupil in the 2015 to 2016 academic year

Special academies receive ESG at a rate of:

  • £595 per pupil in the 2014 to 2015 academic year
  • £369.75 per pupil in the 2015 to 2016 academic year

Alternative provision academies receive ESG at a rate of:

  • £525 per pupil in the 2014 to 2015 academic year
  • £326.25 per pupil in the 2015 to 2016 academic year

Academies are protected against significant budget reductions as a result of changes to the ESG rate in the 2015 to 2016 academic year. A supplementary guidance note provides additional information for academies and free schools about the changes to ESG and how the tapered protection will be applied.

High needs funding

Since 2013 local authorities have had an enhanced role in funding high needs pupils as the commissioner of education provision for these pupils. This means academies now receive funding from both EFA and the LA for pupils with high needs.

Mainstream academies (leaving aside any special units within them) are expected to contribute up to £6,000 from their school budget share to the cost of additional educational support provision for high needs pupils and students. Their notional SEN budget is indicated in table A of their funding allocation pack.

If your academy receives a post-16 funding allocation, your statement will show how much of the formula funding the LA has attributed to meeting SEN support costs.

Funding for special and AP academies, special units and resourced provision

Special academies and academies with special units or resourced provision receive £10,000 for each high needs place. Alternative provision (AP) academies receive £8,000 for each AP place.

Top-up funding above these levels, based on the assessed needs of the pupil and the cost of meeting these, should be agreed between the commissioning LA and the academy. Top-up funding is paid on a per-pupil basis, in or close to the real-time movement of the pupil. It is paid directly to academies by the LA. Top-up funding for pupils in AP can be paid directly by other academies and schools if they commission the places for those pupils.

Pupils in hospital education places in academies do not attract top-up funding.

LAs have the main responsibility for planning and funding provision for high needs students from 0-25 as set out in the Children and Families Act. It is EFA’s job to support them to do that in the most effective and coherent way.

The 2014-15 Revenue Funding Arrangements: Operational Information for Local Authorities sets out the timetable and process for implementing the 2014 to 2015 academic year high needs place funding arrangements.

A letter from the EFA’s National Director for Young People, Peter Mucklow, details high-needs funding for 5- to 25-year-olds in the academic year 2014 to 2015. Information for the 2015 to 2016 academic year is available on the 16-19 funding allocations guidance page.

Revenue funding outside the general annual grant

Academies receive funding outside their general annual grant (GAG) including:

Your academy may also receive capital funding from EFA.

Our presentation on funding outside the GAG includes more information about how and when these revenue streams are paid.

Funding responsibilities

Academies are responsible for services including:

  • education welfare services
  • pupil support (eg school uniform grants)
  • music services (eg instrumental tutors)
  • outdoor education including environmental and field studies (not sports)
  • therapies and health-related services that aren’t funded by the health service
  • visual and performing arts
  • monitoring national curriculum assessment
  • school improvement such as continuous professional development for staff
  • determination of terms and conditions of service for staff
  • early retirement and redundancy costs
  • asset management
  • producing financial accounts
  • internal auditing

The following duties remain with the LA and are not academies’ responsibility:

  • home to school transport, including transport for pupils with special educational needs (SEN)
  • education psychology, SEN statements and assessment
  • assigning SEN resources for pupils who require high levels of additional resource (this is a top-up to formula funding under a separate contract with the LA)
  • monitoring of SEN provision and parent partnerships
  • prosecuting parents for non-attendance
  • provision of pupil referral units for pupils no longer registered at an academy

Pupil number adjustment

Pupil number adjustment (PNA) is a calculation carried out by EFA using schools census data. The adjustment is applied to academies who received funding based on estimated pupil numbers to make sure their funding more accurately reflects the actual pupil numbers present during the year.

Estimate-funded academies have a threshold specified in their funding agreement. If an academy’s estimate of pupil numbers for the 2014 to 2015 academic year is within the tolerance of the threshold, no funding adjustment will be made through the PNA process. If the estimate differs from the actual pupil numbers by more than the threshold, the PNA calculates a funding adjustment, which may be a funding increase or decrease.

An academy’s estimated pupil numbers and the funding they received are used to produce a per pupil funding rate for academic year 2014 to 2015. This per pupil amount is multiplied by the number of pupils that are over or under the threshold tolerance when comparing the funded number against the autumn 2014 census return. Separate calculations are made for pre-16 school budget share funding, post-16 funding and ESG funding. An academy’s overall PNA is the sum of these three amounts.

Use our PNA calculator (ODS, 9.83KB) with the figures for your academy to see how the adjustment is calculated.

We will send PNA statements to academies in scope for PNA for the 2014 to 2015 academic year by mid-May.

March 11, 2015 04:16 PM

March 09, 2015

UK Government

Corporate information: Working for British Embassy Dakar

Updated: This is to advertise a new position at the British Embassy, Dakar

Current Vacancy

Commercial Diplomacy Officer

This file is in an OpenDocument format

March 09, 2015 12:33 PM

March 06, 2015

UK Government

Corporate information: Research at DfE

Updated: Added expression of interest for project 2014032.

Overview

Our social research aims to provide high-quality evidence to inform policy development and delivery.

Building evidence into our services is crucial to improving the education and children’s services we provide. We have published a collection of papers that set out research priorities and questions across education and children’s services for the research community, sector and department. We hope these papers will encourage researchers, sector organisations and practitioners to discuss research needs and contribute to the development of our policy and practice.

More information on how we are building evidence into education and children’s services is available from our ‘research priorities for education and children’s services’ collection.

Publications

You can find our published research reports from the last 5 years in GOV.UK’s publications section.

Archived publications

Our archived research is available from the National Archives.

Current research

You can find a list of our current research contracts on Contracts Finder.

Invitations to tender for new projects

You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) for us to consider you for an invitation to tender. Please use the expression of interest form (ODT, 29.7KB) .

To express an interest you must first register with us and will need your ID number.

To register, please complete the supplier registration form.

We let all contracts on the basis of our terms and conditions. We encourage you to read the EOI guide before submitting your EOI. There is also a style guide and template for contractors writing research publications.

Submission of an EOI does not guarantee an invitation to tender, and we do not routinely advise organisations that they have not been successful. However, we will provide feedback if you request it.

Supplier contact details

We are currently updating our records. Suppliers should provide their main contact details by 30 March 2015 to ensure they continue to receive our email alerts for research EOIs.

Please send the following information to louise.hardy@education.gsi.gov.uk:

  • reference number
  • supplier name
  • named contact
  • email address
  • type of organisation

Calls for expressions of interest

Project 2014032: longitudinal study of young people in England part 2, waves 4 to 7 (LSYPE2)

We invite expressions of interest (EOIs) for project 2014032: longitudinal study of young people in England part 2, waves 4 to 7 (LSYPE2) (PDF, 127KB, 4 pages) . The deadline for EOIs is 12pm on 13 March 2015. (We originally posted this EOI on 2 February 2015 and extended the deadline on 5 March 2015.)

Project 2014022: post-16 institutions omnibus

We invite expressions of interest for project 2014022: post-16 institutions omnibus (PDF, 240KB, 3 pages) . The deadline for EOIs is 5pm on 16 March 2015. (We originally posted this EOI on 23 February 2015 and extended the deadline on 4 March 2015.)

EOI ID number and general enquiries

If you have a query about your EOI ID number, please email us at: enquiries.rbu@education.gsi.gov.uk.

For all other enquiries about our research, please contact us.

Research centres

From 2010 to 2014 we worked with a number of independent organisations who provided us with national and international evidence. The following research centres were under contract with us and are now finishing the work we commissioned:

March 06, 2015 02:13 PM

March 05, 2015

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March 04, 2015

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Various organizations have announced development of conversion software (including ''plugins'' and ''filters'') to support OpenDocument on [[Microsoft]]'s products.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060504015438308 | title=OpenDocument Foundation to MA: We Have a Plugin | date=4 May 2006 | accessdate=23 August 2006 | publisher=Groklaw}}</ref><ref>{{cite news | url=http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/software/soa/Microsoft_Office_to_get_a_dose_of_OpenDocument/0,130061733,139255766,00.htm | title=Microsoft Office to get a dose of OpenDocument | date=5 May 2006 | accessdate=6 December 2006|publisher=CNet}}</ref> {{asof|July 2007}}, there are nine packages of conversion software.<!--Commented out invalid reference <ref name="odf20070727"/>--> Microsoft first released support for the OpenDocument Format in Office 2007 SP2.<ref>{{cite web | title=Office 2007 SP2 Supports ODF | url=http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/164015/office_2007_sp2_supports_odf.html | date=28 April 2009 | publisher=PC World}}</ref> However, the implementation faced [[OpenDocument software#Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 support controversy|substantial criticism]] and the [[ODF Alliance]] and others claimed that the third party plugins provided better support.<ref name="sp2-fact-sheet">{{cite web | url=http://web.archive.org/web/20090611181719/http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/fact-sheet-Microsoft-ODF-support.pdf | title=Fact-sheet Microsoft ODF support | accessdate=24 May 2009 | quote=''MS Excel 2007 will process ODF spreadsheet documents when loaded via the Sun Plug-In 3.0 for MS Office or the SourceForge “OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in for Office,” but will fail when using the “built-in” support provided by Office 2007 SP2.'' | publisher=odfalliance}}</ref> Microsoft Office 2010 can open and save OpenDocument Format documents natively, although not all features are supported.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/starter-help/differences-between-the-opendocument-text-odt-format-and-the-word-docx-format-HA010355788.aspx|title=Differences between the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format and the Word (.docx) format|work=office.microsoft.com}}</ref>
 
Various organizations have announced development of conversion software (including ''plugins'' and ''filters'') to support OpenDocument on [[Microsoft]]'s products.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060504015438308 | title=OpenDocument Foundation to MA: We Have a Plugin | date=4 May 2006 | accessdate=23 August 2006 | publisher=Groklaw}}</ref><ref>{{cite news | url=http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/software/soa/Microsoft_Office_to_get_a_dose_of_OpenDocument/0,130061733,139255766,00.htm | title=Microsoft Office to get a dose of OpenDocument | date=5 May 2006 | accessdate=6 December 2006|publisher=CNet}}</ref> {{asof|July 2007}}, there are nine packages of conversion software.<!--Commented out invalid reference <ref name="odf20070727"/>--> Microsoft first released support for the OpenDocument Format in Office 2007 SP2.<ref>{{cite web | title=Office 2007 SP2 Supports ODF | url=http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/164015/office_2007_sp2_supports_odf.html | date=28 April 2009 | publisher=PC World}}</ref> However, the implementation faced [[OpenDocument software#Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 support controversy|substantial criticism]] and the [[ODF Alliance]] and others claimed that the third party plugins provided better support.<ref name="sp2-fact-sheet">{{cite web | url=http://web.archive.org/web/20090611181719/http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/fact-sheet-Microsoft-ODF-support.pdf | title=Fact-sheet Microsoft ODF support | accessdate=24 May 2009 | quote=''MS Excel 2007 will process ODF spreadsheet documents when loaded via the Sun Plug-In 3.0 for MS Office or the SourceForge “OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in for Office,” but will fail when using the “built-in” support provided by Office 2007 SP2.'' | publisher=odfalliance}}</ref> Microsoft Office 2010 can open and save OpenDocument Format documents natively, although not all features are supported.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/starter-help/differences-between-the-opendocument-text-odt-format-and-the-word-docx-format-HA010355788.aspx|title=Differences between the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format and the Word (.docx) format|work=office.microsoft.com}}</ref>
   

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* [http://opendocumentfellowship.com/ OpenDocument Fellowship] Volunteer organization with members around the world to promote the adoption, use and development of the OpenDocument format.
 
* [http://opendocumentfellowship.com/ OpenDocument Fellowship] Volunteer organization with members around the world to promote the adoption, use and development of the OpenDocument format.

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by AndrewBUR at March 03, 2015 06:07 AM

February 28, 2015

UK Government

Supporting page: HMRC Campaigns

Updated: Campaign revenue figures updated - now correct as of 31 Jan 2015.

HMRC runs campaigns that are designed to:

  • help people to bring their tax affairs up to date
  • help them keep them that way, and
  • help stop them getting it wrong in the first place

These campaigns are part of HMRC’s approach to tax compliance.

How they work

We do this by:

  • providing opportunities that make it easier to be compliant – including offering an incentive to self-correct
  • bringing together a basket of activities to encourage voluntary compliance in the target population
  • looking for opportunities to inform customers who are entering the targeted risk area for the first time
  • using what is learned to help HMRC to improve processes to deal more efficiently with customers in the future

What they mean for customers

Our campaigns offer people a chance to get their tax affairs in order on the best possible terms. They provide tools and information to help people do that; to help people keep their affairs in order; and to help stop people getting it wrong in the first place.

Where people choose not to take the chance to set the record straight, we use the information, gathered before and during the campaign, to conduct follow-up work. This includes investigations and prosecutions.

If you think you have unpaid tax that you want to report and pay to us, please contact the Campaigns Voluntary Disclosure Helpline, 8.00 am to 6.30 pm, Monday to Friday, on 0845 601 5041

The results of HMRC campaigns

Since 2007, HMRC campaigns have collected over £610 million in tax from people coming to us, and over £395 million from a large number of follow-up activities.

Campaign Total Revenue as at 31 January 2015
Tax Health Plan £70,961,034
Tax Catch Up Plan £2,968,808
Value Added Tax Outstanding Returns £38,696,945
VAT Initiative £22,271,526
Plumbers Tax Safe Plan £22,166,777
Electricians Tax Safe Plan £15,803,609
E Marketplaces £9,379,361
Direct Selling £505,617
Tax Returns Initiative £86,279,162
My Tax Return Catch Up £33,137,621
Property Sales £8,245,782
Offshore Disclosure Facility £512,190,000
Offshore New Disclosure Opportunity £156,923,070
Campaigns Consequential Disclosures* £5,536,921
Let Property £20,017,365
Health Well Being Tax Plan £936,315
Second Income Update due 2015/16
Credit Card Sales Update due 2015/16
Solicitors Tax Campaign Update due 2015/16
TOTAL £1,006,019,913

*These disclosures are from individuals not targeted by any Campaign who have voluntarily come forward and used the Campaigns disclosure line to tell us about undeclared income.

Current HMRC campaigns

Solicitors Tax Campaign

The Solicitors Tax Campaign gives solicitors working in a partnership or company, or as an individual, the chance to tell HMRC about any income they haven’t declared.

Find out more about HMRC’s Solicitors Tax Campaign, or call the Solicitors Tax Campaign helpline between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday on 0300 013 4749.

Credit Card Sales Campaign

The Credit Card Sales Campaign is aimed at individuals or businesses that accept credit or debit card payments. It offers them an opportunity to bring their tax affairs up to date.

Find out more about HMRC’s Credit Card Sales Campaign, or call the Credit Card Sales Campaign Hotline between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 0300 123 9272.

Second Incomes Campaign

The Second Incomes Campaign offers employees who have not declared additional untaxed income a chance to pay the tax they owe.

Find out more about HMRC’s Second Incomes Campaign, or call the Second Incomes Campaign Hotline between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 0300 123 0945.

Let Property Campaign

The Let Property Campaign targets the residential property letting market and offers a chance for landlords in this sector to get up to date or put right any errors they have made and then remain compliant. So far over 9,500 landlords have taken the opportunity to bring their tax affairs up to date.

Find out more about HMRC’s Let Property Campaign or call the Let Property Campaign Hotline between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 03000 514479.

Past HMRC Campaigns

Health and Wellbeing Campaign

The Health and Wellbeing campaign gave professionals working in Health and Wellbeing an opportunity to bring their tax affairs up to date on the best possible terms. This included physiotherapists, chiropractors, chiropodists, osteopaths, occupational therapists, those working in homeopathy, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, reflexology, nutrition, as well as psychology, speech therapy, arts therapy.

The deadline for making your disclosure and paying what you owe was 6 April 2014.

People who missed the opportunity can still make a disclosure by using the Campaign Voluntary Disclosure Helpline on 0300 123 1077 - Monday to Friday, 8am to 6:30pm.

The original guidance on how to make your voluntary disclosure is still available.

My Tax Return Catch Up Plan

The My Tax Return Catch Up Plan was aimed at people who received a tax return or notice to file a return for years up to and including 2011-12, and who had not acted. People had until 15 October 2013 to file all their outstanding tax returns and pay what they owe. After that, HMRC began to take a much closer look at their tax affairs. By using this campaign to come forward, customers received the best terms available.

Property Sales Campaign

The Property Sales campaign is a chance for people to bring their tax up to date if they have sold a residential property, in the UK or abroad, that’s not their main home. If people made a profit but have not told HMRC, they might not have paid the right amount of tax. To take advantage of the best possible terms people needed to have voluntarily disclosed income or gains and to have paid what they owed by 6 September 2013.

The disclosure deadline has now passed and our follow up compliance work focused on those who should have come forward is underway. Although the terms on offer during the disclosure are no longer guaranteed, it will still be better for anyone who has something to tell us about to come forward.

Direct Selling campaign

The Direct Selling campaign gave people involved in direct selling, who had not told HMRC about all of their income, a chance to bring their tax up to date on the best possible terms. Direct selling is where people sell directly to customers usually door to door or in customers’ homes or the workplace.

The voluntary disclosure opportunity offered as part of the Direct Selling campaign closed on 28 February 2013. Cases are now being considered for follow-up action.

VAT Outstanding Returns campaign

The VAT Outstanding Returns campaign was a chance for those who ere registered for VAT, but had not sent in all of their VAT Returns, to bring their VAT Returns and payments up to date on the best possible terms.

The voluntary opportunity offered as part of the VAT Outstanding Returns campaign closed on the 28 February 2013. The identification of cases suitable for compliance checks and criminal investigation is ongoing.

Tax Return Initiative

The Tax Return Initiative was aimed at higher rate tax paying individuals who had been sent a Self Assessment (SA) tax return, or had been told they should send one in, but had not submitted a return.

The Tax Return Initiative voluntary disclosure opportunity closed on 2 October 2012. HMRC is following up against those targeted in this campaign who chose not to take part. This includes issuing estimates of the amount of tax owed and collecting payment through court action or by using a debt collection agency.

e-Marketplaces campaign

The e-Marketplaces campaign was a chance for those who use electronic marketplace websites to buy and sell goods as a trade or business, but who had not paid what they owe, to bring their tax affairs up to date on the best possible terms.

The voluntary disclosure opportunity offered as part of the e-marketplaces campaign (e-MDF) closed in September 2012. HMRC is successfully continuing to use the data gathered to support the campaign to identify those who should have come forward but chose not to. HMRC are looking for cases suitable for investigation.

Tax Catch Up Plan for tutors and coaches

The Tax Catch Up Plan is for those who provide private tuition, instruction and coaching, either as a main or as a secondary income - which they choose not to tell HMRC about. Whilst the time limited voluntary disclosure opportunity closed on 31 March 2012 it is still better to come forward to HMRC as we continue to look for cases suitable for investigation

The VAT Initiative

The VAT Initiative campaign focused on individuals and businesses operating at or above the VAT threshold who had not registered for VAT. Those that came forward were given help by HMRC to pay what they owe and to claim VAT repayments. HMRC continues to help those that came forward to get their affairs in order.

HMRC continues to follow up on those businesses where the information held suggests that the VAT turnover threshold had been exceeded. This could lead to the compulsory registration of businesses and a possible ‘failure to notify’ penalty of up to 100 per cent of the VAT due.

Electricians’ Tax Safe Plan

The Electricians Tax Safe Plan was an opportunity for people who install, maintain and test electrical systems, equipment and appliances, who had not told HMRC about all their income in the past, to bring their tax affairs up to date on the best possible terms.

The voluntary disclosure opportunity closed in August 2012.

Plumbers’ Tax Safe Plan

The Plumbers Tax Safe Plan was a chance for people working as plumbers, gas fitters, heating engineers and associated trades, who had not told HMRC about all their income in the past, to bring their tax affairs up to date on the best possible terms.

The voluntary disclosure opportunity closed in August 2011. As at 30 June 2012, six plumbers have been convicted with more expected to follow.

Medics Tax Health Plan

The Medics Tax Health Plan first offered a voluntary opportunity for doctors and dentists, with tax to pay, to get their affairs up to date with the benefit of a fixed penalty.

The voluntary opportunity closed in June 2010. The disclosures included one individual payment of over £1 million by a doctor and one of over £300,000 by a dentist. Our risk and intervention programme is ongoing so for those who need to it is still better to come forward to HMRC.

New (offshore) Disclosure Opportunity

The New Disclosure Opportunity was designed to provide one final chance for UK based individuals and businesses, with unpaid tax linked to an offshore account or asset, to make a disclosure and put their affairs in order. 15 individual payments over £500,000 four of which were in excess of £1 million.

The New (offshore) Disclosure Opportunity was open to those with any offshore interest, assets or accounts. Data from financial institutions was provided and HMRC has used this and other information to open thousands of enquiries.

Offshore Disclosure Facility

The Offshore Disclosure Facility was the first HMRC campaign and ran between April and November 2007.

The Offshore Disclosure Facility was based on data obtained from five major UK financial institutions. Like the New (offshore) Disclosure Opportunity, it gave people or businesses with unpaid tax connected to an offshore account or asset an opportunity to make a full disclosure of liabilities and to pay duties, interest and penalties due.

The campaign was the first of its kind and provided information and understanding of the way offshore accounts and assets were used that was carried into the first full offshore campaign (the New (offshore) Disclosure Opportunity) covering all institutions offering offshore facilities to UK based entities. After the ODF HMRC made follow up enquiries, mainly based on data gathered following a successful application for notices on five major UK financial institutions.

February 28, 2015 09:23 AM

February 27, 2015

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Review: LibreOffice 4.4 raises the bar - InfoWorld


InfoWorld

Review: LibreOffice 4.4 raises the bar
InfoWorld
Attempting to make more than the most trivial changes to it, however, triggered a warning: I'd need to save the document as ODF, not OOXML, to preserve all details. I knew full well what might happen if I didn't. In another document I'd converted ...

February 27, 2015 11:12 AM

February 23, 2015

Planet KDE

Protocol Plugfest: opening closed doors to interoperability together

Protocol Plugest - http://www.protocolsplugfest.com/europe/

The "world wide web" has been such an amazing success in large part because it was based on open protocols and formats that anyone can implement and use on a level playing field. This opened the way for interoperability on a grand and global scale, and is why http and HTML succeeded where many others failed previously.

Unfortunately, not all areas of computing are as blessed with open protocols and formats. Some are quite significant, too, with hundreds of millions of people using and relying on them every single day. Thankfully, some brave souls have stepped up to implement these proprietary protocols and formats using open technology, specifically as free software. The poster child for this is Samba and the ubiquitous file and print server protocols from Microsoft.

Such formats abound and are a key component in every day business (and personal) computer usage, and since the protocols are often not as open as we'd like it can be tricky to provide free, open and interoperable implementations of them. Again, just ask the Samba team. Yet bringing the option of freedom in technologies used by business and government around the world relies on these efforts.

The free software community is moving rapidly on all fronts of this landscape, and to help ensure that our efforts actually do work as expected and that we are sharing useful information with each other between projects, a fantastic conference has been set up: the Protocol Plugfest which will be held in Zaragoza, Spain on May 12-14. This is much like the ODF Plugfest which focuses on office file formats, but with a stronger focus on protocols found in products such as Active Directory, Exchange, Sharepoint, CIFS and LDAP.

The call for papers is now open and several speakers have already been confirmed. This include Kolab System's own Georg Greve who will be speaking on the topic of "Achieving All-Platform Interoperability", reflecting on Kolab's path towards supporting the wide world of clients, data formats and wire protocols such as ActiveSync.

He will also have some exciting announcements to make in this area during the presentation, so I hope everyone interested in free software collaboration suites will keep an eye on the event!

The other speakers include people from LibreOffice, Samba, Zentyal and ... Microsoft! Yes, I count no fewer than six speakers from Microsoft who are there to speak about the various protocols they've inflicted upon the world. This kind of engagement, while not perfect compared to having proper open standards, will certainly help push forward the state of support for all the protocols of the world in free software products.

I hope to see many of you there!


by Aaron Seigo (aseigo) at February 23, 2015 11:08 AM

February 19, 2015

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Standard ways to make data go further - The Guardian


Standard ways to make data go further
The Guardian
As for Microsoft Office, Law should note that it supports ODF formats, and that its default format since 2007 has been Office Open XML. This was standardised as ECMA-376 in 2006 and, in later versions, as ISO/IEC 29500 in 2008. In fact, Microsoft ...

February 19, 2015 07:36 PM

UK Government

Corporate information: Working for CMA

Updated: Standing Counsel role added.

The CMA has a new, exciting and challenging agenda – to contribute to faster economic growth, deliver positive competition outcomes and make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy

Our aim is to build on the excellent reputations of the Competition Commission (CC) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to create a new, even better organisation that will promote competition in the UK and internationally and be a world leader among competition and consumer agencies. We have a committed and talented senior leadership team who, along with highly experienced OFT and CC colleagues, will take forward the CMA’s strategy and Annual Plan.

Joining the CMA will give you the opportunity to contribute to the future of the UK competition regime. The CMA is committed to achieving professional excellence.

Our benefits

  • generous leave allowances
  • the offer of a variety of flexible working patterns designed to help you achieve a good work-life balance
  • competitive pension arrangements
  • childcare vouchers
  • interest free loans on annual season tickets

Equality and diversity

The CMA is committed to implementing and monitoring our equality and diversity policies with the aim of recruiting, retaining and promoting staff regardless of any of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 - age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Part of that commitment is that we guarantee an interview to any candidate who has a disability, as defined by The Equality Act 2010, and declares their disability in their application, provided that they meet the minimum (essential eligibility) criteria for the post(s) in question.

Career development

The CMA recognises that our colleagues are our greatest asset. We are committed to maximising their potential by supporting them to develop the knowledge, professional and technical skills and experience required to advance their careers.

As well as a comprehensive induction, we offer a suite of professional and skills training through the CMA Academy, covering all areas of the CMA’s work. In addition, there is access to a wide range of other learning and development opportunities through the Civil Service Learning website.

However, we believe one of the best ways of developing colleagues is to provide diverse opportunities in their day-to-day work. The CMA does this by encouraging colleagues to build their experience over time by working on a variety of projects, in different areas of the organisation and in different roles.

We are looking for professionals who are excited by the prospect of working in a matrix structure on a range of projects, spanning competition and consumer law and sectors across the economy as a whole.

Alumni network

The CMA now has an alumni group on LinkedIn and we welcome former CMA employees to join the group. You will be updated on important announcements and career opportunities and receive invitations to alumni events. If you have any questions about the alumni network, please email gill.street@cma.gsi.gov.uk. There is also a LinkedIn network for former employees of the OFT and CC.

Standing Counsel recruitment

To develop a close working relationship with our counsel, we would like to appoint up to 3 Standing Counsel who are enthusiastic and committed to our work.

Further details and how to apply can be found below:

Closing date: 31 March 2015

Current vacancies

All our job vacancies are advertised on Civil Service Jobs. To see more information and apply for a particular role, go to this page and search using the reference code.

Assistant Director, Investigation (ref: 1442097)

This role involves investigating suspected cartel agreements under the Competition Act 1998 and/or criminal cartel cases under the Enterprise Act 2002. You will lead a team of up to 8 officers.

Closing date: 22 February 2015

Deputy Criminal Disclosure Officer (ref: 1442190)

The post holder will ensure that all criminal investigations are conducted in accordance with the duties and responsibilities imposed by the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996.

Closing date: 22 February 2015

Principal Investigation Officer (ref: 1442116)

In this role, you will act as deputy leader of an investigation team. You will investigate suspected cartel agreements under the Competition Act 1998 and/or criminal cartel cases under the Enterprise Act 2002.

Closing date: 22 February 2015

Senior Investigation Officer (ref: 1442128)

The role will involve taking the lead in smaller investigations or in certain parts of more complex cases.

Closing date: 22 February 2015

Project Officers, Mergers (ref: 1443351)

In this role, you will mainly provide support to the phase 1 mergers case and management teams. This role also involves external engagement, including representing the CMA in calls with third parties.

Closing date: 23 February 2015

Cartels Research and Intelligence Officer (ref: 1443185)

In this role, you will carry out high quality research and intelligence analysis to support the CMA’s Cartels and Criminal Group, and Research, Intelligence and Advocacy Group.

Closing date: 24 February 2015

Deputy Chief Economic Adviser

Together with the Chief Economic Adviser, you will lead the economics profession at the CMA. You will provide economic leadership on complex and important merger, markets and enforcement cases.

All applications for the Deputy Chief Economic Adviser post must be made via Veredus.

Closing date: 27 February 2015

Sector Regulation Manager (ref: 1443552)

This role will see you as part of our Sector Regulation Unit, where your focus will be on promoting competition in the UK’s regulated sectors.

Closing date: 2 March 2015

Senior Market Researcher (ref: 1444401)

In this role, you will be part of a small team of statisticians who provide professional, timely statistical guidance and support on cases and projects. Most of the research is quantitative, although some qualitative studies are conducted.

Closing date: 4 March 2015

February 19, 2015 12:06 PM

February 18, 2015

UK Government

February 17, 2015

UK Government

Guidance: Call for bids: support for British detainees overseas facing the death penalty

Background

In support of our aim to deliver a consistently high quality consular service for British nationals in detention overseas, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office works in partnership with other organisations to provide specialist assistance to British prisoners in death penalty cases. This supports a long-standing UK policy to oppose the use of the death penalty in all circumstances.

There are currently 13 British nationals on death row in Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

There are 31 British nationals at risk of the death penalty in South Asia, South East Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Americas.

Proposals are invited from organisations with relevant expertise to form a partnership with the FCO to help deliver our policy aims.

Objective

To support Consular Directorate in our objective to deliver consistently high quality consular assistance for British nationals in detention overseas facing the death penalty and to work to avoid British nationals being executed.

We welcome bids from organisations that can support this aim.

Examples of appropriate support include but are not limited to: assistance in finding a local lawyer; working in partnership with local lawyers; securing expert opinions e.g. medical assessments; consultation with detainees/their families on case strategies.

Consular Directorate provides impartial support. Our partners should demonstrate how they will deliver support to British nationals consistently, ensuring that all cases receive due attention.

Proposal design

The anticipated maximum budget for this work is £110,000 per annum. Bids are welcomed for a proportion of this funding or for the total amount, dependent on whether organisations have the expertise and resources to deliver support regionally or globally.

Potential partners are encouraged to submit realistic but ambitious proposals, including where this would require a higher total amount of funding.

Proposals should identify in which countries the partner is able to deliver effective support. If an extension of existing networks could be achieved through a higher level of funding, or through dedicated staffing, this should be explained and will be considered. Funding will not, however, be provided to cover organisational overhead costs not directly attributable to the support of British nationals’ cases and the objectives of Consular Directorate.

Who can bid?

Project proposals are welcomed from organisations with experience of providing support to prisoners or defendants facing capital punishment overseas. Organisation should be in possession of all relevant licences and permits to enable delivery of the requirements in the countries where the services will be delivered.

We are looking for organisations which can demonstrate some or all of:

  • legal expertise
  • regional expertise, including knowledge of and access to local legal networks
  • experience of working with British nationals
  • experience or understanding of productive working with government
  • capacity to deliver assistance in challenging contexts

Criteria for assessing project proposals

The Board will consider projects against the following criteria:

  • Strategy, outcomes and impact:
    • Closeness of fit with Consular Directorate’s objectives
    • Co-ordination with, and support to other Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights objectives, such as ensuring British nationals receive treatment and access to justice in line with international norms or working to set global trial, sentencing and detention standards;
    • Evidence of sustainability and scalability;
    • Past delivery of implementer;
  • Design of proposal:
    • Clarity;
    • Coherence and relevance of purpose, outputs, activities and indicators;
  • Evidence of wider stakeholder support and engagement;

  • Detailed budget breakdown and value for money;

  • Monitoring and evaluation planning to demonstrate delivery against objectives.

Guidelines for submitting a project proposal

Proposals must be submitted on the standard FCO project proposal form (ODT, 34.1KB) . These should be submitted in full and in accordance with the guidance provided. Incomplete proposal forms will not be reviewed. If any aspect of the form requirements is unclear to applicants, we strongly recommend consultation with the Prisoner Human Rights Team ConsularPrisoner.Team@fco.gov.uk.

Key points to note are:

  • Language used should be clear and succinct.

  • Part A should include both qualitative and quantitative milestones, which should be referenced in reporting.

  • Part B of the form should be completed by the FCO. Proposals submitted by external partners should however include annexed evidence of previous experience delivering similar projects.

  • In addition to the requirements outlined above, proposals must provide details of how the work will be monitored. Monitoring methods should be robust, transparent and include scope for beneficiary input. The methods identified should be designed to give a meaningful assessment of impact. The FCO places a strong emphasis on evaluation. Proposals for delivery valued £100,000 and over may be independently evaluated.

  • Proposals must demonstrate a full assessment of project risks. Partners should identify any risks which might apply to the project, what steps will be taken to mitigate those risks, and how risks will be reviewed during the delivery cycle. The partner must have an internal due diligence process in place to monitor these risks. Proposals will not be approved without realistic risk assessments, including duty of care to staff.

  • Projects should be budgeted in Pounds Sterling and demonstrate value for money and should be ex-VAT. Budgets should give a detailed breakdown of cost per activity per month and unit costs for staff where possible. Travel and accommodation costs incurred should be in line with FCO guidance.

  • Strong proposals will spread the cost throughout the year, avoiding where possible spend in the final quarter.

Terms of contracts

Agreements will be subject to FCO standard contract terms:

  • Payment will be made quarterly in arrears for quarters 1-3, and monthly in arrears for the final quarter.
  • The financial year runs from 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016. We intend to contract on a yearly cycle, renewable for up to three financial years.
  • Quarterly reports should be submitted to the FCO on the standard FCO template. This should make clear how funds have been allocated to and used to support, the cases of British nationals.
  • Draft copies of our standard T and Cs are available on request

Timing

Proposals should be submitted to the FCO Prisoner Human Rights Team by 1700 GMT 06 March 2015 at ConsularPrisoner.Team@fco.gov.uk.

Contact

Eleanor French 0207 008 0144

February 17, 2015 04:46 PM

Statistical data set: Live tables on planning application statistics

Updated: Added revised table 151.

Live tables

Table P120: district planning authorities - planning applications received and decided

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Table P121: district planning authorities - planning decisions by type of authority and speed of decision

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Table P122: district planning authorities - planning decisions by type of authority and speed of decision

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Table P123: district planning authorities - planning decisions by speed, performance agreements and type of development

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Table P124: district planning authorities - planning decisions by speed, performance agreements and type of development

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Table P124A: district planning authorities - planning decisions by development type and local authority

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Table P125: district planning authorities - major planning decisions by speed, performance agreements and type of development

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Table P126: district planning authorities - major planning decisions by speed, performance agreements and type of development

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Table P127: district planning authorities - enforcement action

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Table P128: district planning authorities - regulation 3 and 4 consents granted and applications for determination

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Table P129: district planning authorities - enforcement action by authority

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Table P130: district planning authorities - enforcement action by authority

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Table P131: district planning authorities - planning decisions, by development type, speed of decision and authority

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Table P132: district planning authorities - planning decisions, by development type, speed of decision and authority

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Table P133: district planning authorities - applications received, decided, granted and delegated, environmental statements received and flow of applications by authority

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Table P134: district planning authorities - applications received, decided, granted and delegated, environmental statements received and flow of applications by authority

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Table P135: district planning authorities - planning decisions on major and minor residential development by authority

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Table P136: district planning authorities - planning decisions on major and minor residential development by authority

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Table P137: district planning authorities - planning decisions on major and minor traveller caravans by authority

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Table P138: district planning authorities - planning decisions on major and minor traveller caravans by authority

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Table P139: 'county matters' planning authorities - planning applications received, decided and granted by type of authority

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Table P140: 'county matters' planning authorities - planning decisions decided and granted by type of authority and type and size of development

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Table P141: 'county matters' planning authorities - planning decisions decided and granted by type of authority and type and size of development

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Table P142: 'county matters' planning authorities - planning decisions by speed of decision

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Table P143: 'county matters' planning authorities - planning applications received, decided and granted and regulation 3 and 4 consents by authority

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Table P144: 'county matters' planning authorities - planning applications received, decided and granted and regulation 3 and 4 consents by authority

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Table P145: 'county matters' planning authorities - enforcement action

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Table P146: 'county matters' planning authorities - decisions on minerals applications by type of development

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Table P147: 'county matters' planning authorities - decisions on waste planning applications by type of development

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Table P148: 'county matters' planning authorities - planning decisions decided and granted by nature of site, type of development and nature of application

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Table P149: 'county matters' planning authorities - planning decisions by speed, size of site and type of development

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Table P150: 'county matters' planning authorities - reasons given for decisions taking over 8 weeks

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A revised county matters table (P151b) within table P151 covering the 8 quarters to 30 September 2014 was published on 17 February 2015 to replace the table that was published on 18 December 2014.

The revised table is consistent with the figures for July to September 2014 included in the version of table P143 that was published on 18 December 2014.

Table P151: district and 'county matters' planning authorities performance - speed of decisions

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Table P152: district and 'county matters' planning authorities performance - quality of decisions

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Experimental tables

Table E1: 'district matters' decisions on applications for prior approvals for permitted developments, by local planning authority

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Table E2: 'district matters' decisions on applications for prior approvals for permitted developments, England

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Table E3: 'county matters' decisions on applications for prior approvals for permitted developments, by local planning authority

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Reference tables

Table 1: PS1 – England totals: July to September 2014

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Table 2: PS2 – England totals: July to September 2014

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Table 3: CPS1 – England totals: July to September 2014

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February 17, 2015 12:00 PM

Corporate information: Working for British High Commission Colombo

Updated: Job Application form has been changed.

We thank you for your interest in British High Commission as a potential employer. The British High Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from applicants with diverse backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, age, religion or disability.

Vacancy Advertisement: Estates and Security Manager

The Estates and Security Manager is responsible for the supervision of the estate maintenance Workforce and the in house security guards. The position leads the operation and planned preventive maintenance, all physical security requirements/procedures of the BHC Estate and residential accommodation. Applications closing date is 15th February 2015. For mode details, read the complete Job Specification for the Post of Estate Security Manager (ODT, 20.1KB) .

Please use our Job Application From (ODT, 37.7KB) when you apply to the above job vacancy.

Vacancy Advertisement: Estate and Security Officer

This position runs the day to day health and safety, fire emergency planning, and physical security of the BHC compound and residential accommodation. The Estates and security officer is responsible for managing an efficient cleaning, gardening and pest control contracts plus monitoring the usage of utilities. Applications closing date is 15th February 2015. For mode details, read the complete Job Specification for the Post of Estate Security Officer (ODT, 19.9KB) .

Please use our Job Application From (ODT, 37.7KB) when you apply to the above job vacancy.

February 17, 2015 11:08 AM

February 13, 2015

Planet AbiWord

Alan Horkan: OpenRaster and OpenDocument: Metadata

OpenRaster is a file format for the exchange of layered images, and is loosely based on the OpenDocument standard. I previously wrote about how a little extra XML can make a file that is both OpenRaster and OpenDocument compatible. The OpenRaster specification is small and relatively simple, but it does not do everything, so what happens if a developer wants to do something not covered by the standard? What if you want to include metadata?

How about doing it the same way as OpenDocument, it does not have to be complicated. OpenDocument already cleverly reused the existing Dublin Core (dc) standard for metadata, and includes a file called meta.xml in the zip container. A good idea worth borrowing, a simplified example file follows:

Sample OpenDocument Metadata[Pastebin]

(if you can't see the XML here directly, see the link to Pastebin instead.)

I extended the OpenRaster code in Pinta to support metadata in this way. This is the easy part, it gets more complicated if you want to do more than import and export within the same program. As before the resulting file can renamed from .ora to .odg and be opened using OpenOffice* allowing you to view the image and the metadata too. The code is Pinta OraFormat.cs is freely available on GitHub under the same license (MIT X11) as Pinta. The relevant sections of are "ReadMeta" and "GetMeta". A Properties dialog and other code was also added, and I've edited a screenshot of Pinta to show both the menu and the dialog at the same time:

[* OpenOffice 3 is quite generous, and opens the file without complaint. LibreOffice 4 is far less forgiving and gives an error unless I specifically choose "ODF Drawing (.odg)" as the file type in the Open dialog]

February 13, 2015 01:04 AM

February 12, 2015

WebODF news

WebODF 0.5.5 released, adding a "documentModified" state and security fixes

A new year, so time for a first new update. To protect against losing data, the editor now has a state "documentModified", by which can be checked if the document has been edited since the last processing or saving. Also have a few security holes been closed.

So go to the Download page and update your deployment of webodf.js or the Wodo.TextEditor. Or check the demos.

February 12, 2015 12:00 AM

February 11, 2015

Apache OpenOffice Blog

La importancia de los formatos de documento abiertos - Hipertextual


Hipertextual

La importancia de los formatos de documento abiertos
Hipertextual
Para los que no lo conozcáis aún, el ODF (Open Document Format) es una familia internacional de estándares para guardar y procesar información que trasciende aplicaciones y proveedores específicos. Lo importante de este formato es su capacidad de ...

February 11, 2015 12:42 AM

February 09, 2015

UK Government

Guidance: Share Incentive Plan (SIP) template

Updated: Revised templates and ERS bulletin published to coincide with the release of the revised checking service on the tax platform.

On this page you’ll find the attachment you need to tell HMRC about SIP options granted during the tax year, along with guidance notes to help you fill out the worksheet.

Get the right software

You’ll need software that can open Open Document Format (ODF) files, such as a recent version of Microsoft Excel or the free LibreOffice. Download the latest version of LibreOffice.

February 09, 2015 11:20 AM

Guidance: Save As You Earn (SAYE) template

Updated: Revised templates and ERS bulletin published to coincide with the release of the revised checking service on the tax platform.

On this page you’ll find the attachment you need to tell HMRC about SAYE options granted during the tax year, along with guidance notes to help you fill out the worksheet.

Get the right software

You’ll need software that can open Open Document Format (ODF) files, such as a recent version of Microsoft Excel or the free LibreOffice. Download the latest version of LibreOffice.

February 09, 2015 11:19 AM

Guidance: Other ERS schemes or arrangements template

Updated: Revised templates and ERS bulletin published to coincide with the release of the revised checking service on the tax platform.

On this page you’ll find the attachment you need to tell HMRC about other Employment-Related Shares options granted during the tax year, along with guidance notes to help you fill out the worksheet.

Get the right software

You’ll need software that can open Open Document Format (ODF) files, such as a recent version of Microsoft Excel or the free LibreOffice. Download the latest version of LibreOffice.

February 09, 2015 11:18 AM

Guidance: Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) template

Updated: Revised templates and ERS bulletin published to coincide with the release of the revised checking service on the tax platform.

On this page you’ll find the attachment you need to tell HMRC about EMI options adjusted, replaced, released, lapsed or cancelled and any taxable or non-taxable exercise of options during the tax year, along with guidance notes to help you fill out the worksheet.

Get the right software

You’ll need software that can open Open Document Format (ODF) files, such as a recent version of Microsoft Excel or the free LibreOffice. Download the latest version of LibreOffice.

February 09, 2015 11:18 AM

Guidance: Company Share Option Plan (CSOP) scheme template

Updated: Revised templates and ERS bulletin published to coincide with the release of the revised checking service on the tax platform.

On this page you’ll find the attachment you need to tell HMRC about CSOP options granted during the tax year, along with guidance notes to help you fill out the worksheet.

Get the right software

You’ll need software that can open Open Document Format (ODF) files, such as a recent version of Microsoft Excel or the free LibreOffice. Download the latest version of LibreOffice.

February 09, 2015 11:15 AM

February 04, 2015

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Paid development pays off for LibreOffice for Android - InfoWorld


InfoWorld

Paid development pays off for LibreOffice for Android
InfoWorld
A full made-for-touch, ODF-capable editor is the goal, however. The developers demonstrated their work building a tiled display system that interacts with the LibreOffice engine. ... for open source development using donated funds, may well pay off. By ...

February 04, 2015 11:18 AM

ODF Wikipedia Page

Ziphit: /* Software */ Removing bad links

Software: Removing bad links

← Previous revision Revision as of 03:34, 4 February 2015
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*[[Sun Microsystems]] [[StarOffice]]
 
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by Ziphit at February 04, 2015 03:34 AM

February 03, 2015

Apache OpenOffice Blog

You can now petition the European Union to 'fix my document' - opensource.com


You can now petition the European Union to 'fix my document'
opensource.com
Many parts of the EU are legitimately working hard to implement ODF, the open document format for office applications. Fixmydocument.eu will help them better identify software and documents that are presenting the most pressing and immediate problems.

February 03, 2015 11:11 AM

February 02, 2015

UK Government

Detailed guide: Provide drink-drive rehabilitation scheme courses

Updated: Updated Annex A list of DDRS course providers.

Find out how to take a drink-drive rehabilitation course if you’ve been found guilty of a drink-drive offence.

Foreword

The opportunity for those convicted of relevant drink offences to attend an approved course is derived from recommendations in the Road Traffic Law Review Report (North, P. 1988) and these are reflected in sections 34A to 34C of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (RTOA) as amended by the Road Safety Act 2006.

The recommendations led to the creation of the Drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS), an introduction to which is in part 1 of this document. Under the DDRS, the Secretary of State approves courses for the rehabilitation of drivers and part 2 of this document sets out the approach to the approval process.

Under section 34C (1) RTOA the Secretary of State may issue guidance as to the conduct of approved courses. Such guidance sets out the minimum requirements for course content and delivery and is set out in part 3 of this document. Failure to follow this guidance may result in the withdrawal of course approval.

Additionally part 4 of this document sets out the role of the court and this may assist in promoting consistent application and administrative procedures in the operation of the scheme by courts in England and Scotland.

This document is produced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). It replaces the Department for Transport (DfT) guidance of September 2010.

Other documents to read

Documents to be read in conjunction with the course guidance are:

You can read the following legislation on the legislation.gov.uk website:

Introduction and aim

This document is comprised of 4 parts and is intended to have application only in England and Scotland:

  • part 1 - “Introduction and aim” is an introduction to the Drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) and sets out its aim
  • part 2 -“Approval of DDRS courses”sets out the approach of the Secretary of State, acting by way of DVSA, to the approval of courses under the DDRS
  • part 3 - “The conduct of approved courses” consists of guidance to providers of approved DDRS courses in England and Scotland issued under the Secretary of State’s powers in section 34C (1) of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (RTOA)
  • part 4 - “The role of the courts” explains the role of the courts and is intended as a brief guide to their role in relation to the DDRS for those providing courses and those attending them

Note: In this guide, in relation to England and Scotland, ‘courts’ applies to Magistrates and Crown Courts in England and, in Scotland, Sheriff and District Courts (when constituted by a Stipendiary Magistrate) plus the High Court of Justiciary, unless there is specific reference to ‘supervising court’.

Since 1 January 2000, courts throughout Great Britain have had the power to refer a person to an approved Drink-drive rehabilitation course if convicted of a drink-drive related offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA), and for which the court has disqualified them from driving for at least 12 months. The relevant sections are:

  • 3A - causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs
  • 4 - driving or being in charge when under the influence of drink or drugs
  • 5 - driving or being in charge with excess alcohol
  • 7 - failing to provide a specimen

The new section 34A RTOA expands the range of drink-related offences which fall within the DDRS and these are now referred to as ‘relevant drink offences’. This new section 34A is, in respect of relevant drink offences, fully in force on 24 June 2013. At the time of sentencing for a relevant drink offence a court may make a referral order, reducing the period of disqualification by not less than three months, and no more than one quarter, of the disqualified period on satisfactory completion of a DDRS course.

DDRS courses offered must be approved by the Secretary of State (section 34A(6) RTOA). The courses are intended to offer an educational opportunity to those convicted of relevant drink offences, in order to reduce the likelihood they will reoffend. The approved DDRS courses are not available to those who have committed drug-drive offences.

The significance of the guidance in section ‘The conduct of approval courses’ is twofold: under section 34C(1)(a) RTOA, course providers must have regard to it. Failure to follow this guidance may result in the withdrawal of course approval. Under section 34C(1)(b) the courts shall have regard to the guidance when deciding whether any instructions or requirements of a course provider are reasonable.

The responsibility for the DDRS in Scotland remains with the Department for Transport (DfT).

The responsibility for the DDRS in Wales resides with the Welsh Assembly Government.

This DDRS does not apply to Northern Ireland (NI), but similar statutory arrangements are in place in NI, enabling convicted and disqualified drivers to be offered a referral to a drink-drive related training course approved within NI. There are no reciprocal arrangements between NI and mainland UK for referring offenders. In practice, this means that where a relevant offence is committed in one jurisdiction, the court is unable to refer the offender to a DDRS, or similar, course in the other jurisdiction.

The aim of the DDRS is to provide drink-drive offenders with appropriate education to help them recognise the problems associated with drink-driving. The information and experience provided by the course is intended to enable individuals to change their behaviour, in order to prevent further offending. It is intended to reduce reoffending and contribute positively to improved road safety.

Following the nationwide expansion of the scheme in January 2000 the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) was commissioned by DfT to monitor the operation of the scheme and to evaluate its effectiveness and the courses provided by individual organisations TRL report number 613. The research found that there was a marked benefit to all offenders undertaking a DDRS course.

The TRL report also demonstrated that offenders who had not attended a DDRS course were between 2 and 3 times more likely to reoffend than those who had undertaken a course. This figured applied up to 2 years after the initial conviction.

Section 34A (5) RTOA enables a court to make an order reducing the period of disqualification if, by a specified date, an offender satisfactorily completes a course approved by the Secretary of State.

The purpose of an approved DDRS course is to enable those convicted of certain drink-driving behaviour to benefit from an educational opportunity designed to discourage drink-drive related reoffending, and thereby contribute to reducing road casualties by improving decision making and driving behaviour.

No course has been approved for the purposes of drug-driving rehabilitation.

Approval of DDRS courses

DDRS courses can only be approved by the Secretary of State who, as mentioned, acts by way of the DVSA in this respect. Organisations will be able to submit an application to deliver DDRS courses at any time. Applicants considered suitable to provide courses will be granted course approval. Written feedback will be provided to those not granted course approval. DVSA will consider all applications for course approval based on the published DDRS Course Approval and Quality Assurance Model.

Where the course meets the relevant criteria to be approved, the approval will be granted for a period of up to 7 years, enabling delivery of the approved course in the ‘specified area or areas’ forming part of the application. Successful applicants will have been required to demonstrate their capability to provide sufficient courses for the demand across the entire geographical area for which they are approved; this will be a condition of approval.

Beyond the initial approval it is open to the provider of an approved course to subsequently apply for course approval in another specified area(s), however this will attract a further application fee. Applicants should not assume requests for approval for course provision in another or a different specified area will receive automatic approval. The application requirements referred to above will need to be satisfied for the other or different area(s) requested.

The conduct of approved courses

Attendance at an approved course is dependent on the court making an order to that effect. To assist the courts in referring offenders, course providers might usefully engage with courts and defence lawyers to ensure they are fully briefed on the details of the approved course, including details of locations where courses are held.

The ‘list of approved course providers’ at Annex A to this guidance document shows the current active course providers by specified area, and contains a summary of each provider’s course, locations, course fee and format, together with contact details for the organisation. These Annex A details are published on the GOV UK website for reference by courts, participants and other interested parties.

Course providers are encouraged to build close working relationships with courts in their approval area, in order to maximise the referral of offenders to the DDRS.

This might include:

  • making course information freely available to promote the value of the DDRS to offenders, such as the supply of information leaflets about course availability, fee(s) and location, for the court’s waiting room
  • holding liaison meetings with courts’ representatives
  • offering training to new and existing magistrates, sheriffs and courts’ administrative staff and local solicitors, to promote the value of the scheme in reducing reoffending

Where a course provider receives a court referral, the provider should contact the referred offender as soon as possible. The court referral will include the current address and contact details given to the court during the hearing. Contact should be confirmed (or initiated) as soon as possible after receiving the referral from the sentencing court, to encourage the highest possible rate of course ‘take-up’.

The court sentencing process can be complex for those unfamiliar with it. Therefore in addition to making an initial contact with referred offenders, providers may wish to adopt further pro-active practices to maximise course attendance by sending further letters, emails, texts or other communication to those who have made no contact since their initial referral, in sufficient time to enable the offender to comply with the DDR course completion deadline.

It is advisable to make clear to the offender in the initial contact that courses are normally delivered in English. The communication might also ask if the individual concerned has any special requirements. In order to facilitate access to referred offenders whose first language is not English, and those who have a hearing difficulty, course providers should take reasonable steps, where necessary, to accommodate their requirements. This could include the use of an interpreter or signer.

In providing an interpreter, it is acceptable for the offender to be accompanied by a family relative (over 18 years) to provide translation, however the provider may wish to ensure the interpreter is capable of translating adequately to meet the learning needs of the offender. Some providers have historically used contracted interpreters and it may be possible for providers in general to share these resources.

The presence of an interpreter can, however, be distracting to the rest of a course group. Therefore, to minimise disruption, it is suggested that allowing the use of more than one interpreter per course is likely to be disruptive. Nothing in this guidance prevents a provider enhancing the learning opportunity for participants who do not have English as a first language, where local need requires it, by running a dedicated course in an alternative language, assuming that a suitable trainer, course materials and suitable facilities are available.

Course providers are to verify the identity of course participants to guard against identity fraud. This will include completion of an initial registration form, requiring course participants to provide such details as:

  • their full name and address, including post code
  • date of birth
  • court sentence and, where appropriate, the alcohol level at the time of the offence

These supplied details can be verified during the training delivery against the offender details received from the court.

Providers may also require the production of nationally-recognised documents containing the individual’s signature or photograph such as a passport. In addition, other documentation such as a utility bill, mobile telephone bill or benefits documentation may satisfy the provider. Many course providers require offenders to sign a course register as proof of attendance at each course session.

Where an offender who is offered the DDRS course elects to undertake it in a different area to that in which the sentencing court is located, the court will send details of the offender to the supervising court for that area. It is recognised that a court may not be familiar with DDRS course providers in all parts of the country. Therefore, in order to assist courts in selecting an approved course provider, they should be referred to the Annex A list of approved course provider details which can be found on the GOV UK website.

If, following the issue of a referral order to a course provider, an offender requests to undertake the course in a different specified area not covered by the receiving provider, the course provider need not return the order to the court. In practice, many transfers are arranged between course providers in the best interests of the offender and this is usually acceptable to the courts. In such cases, the original course providers should ensure that the supervising court is notified formally of the change of provider. All course providers and offenders will have access to the Annex A list of approved course provider details to assist when transferring a referral order.

Course fees

The maximum course fee is currently £250 and this includes consideration of payment processing charges such as cheque, direct debit and credit card payments, BACS transfer or instalment payments. It is important to ensure the fee for attending an approved DDRS course is maintained at a level which is affordable for the large majority of offenders. If fees are set too high this may result in a low take up as described on page 23 of the TRL report number 613 and the courts may be unable to refer offenders in sufficient numbers to make courses viable.

It is for the course provider to decide the course fee level (beneath the maximum fee ceiling) to meet their business model. Course providers should make this information publicly available by notifying DVSA of the fees for inclusion in the Annex A list of approved course provider details. The list of approved course providers are encouraged to keep the fee structure as clear as possible, ideally no more than a full fee, a lower rate for concessionary categories, eg people in receipt of benefits, and a discounted early booking fee, where these options are offered.

Course providers may change the level of course fee originally submitted at course approval by giving DVSA 30 calendar days notice of the proposed change.

A course provider may agree to an offender paying the course fee in instalments, rather than in one single payment. However, the fee must be paid in full before the completion of the course and not exceed the maximum fee.

Where payment is taken by instalment, providers may wish to warn offenders before entering into such an agreement that a certificate of course completion may not be issued if there is a failure to make payment for the course in accordance with section 34B (4) RTOA.

Course providers should not take payment, or place offenders on courses, in advance of receiving a referral order from the court or a transferred order from another provider. If an offender contacts a course provider in advance of their court case or immediately after sentencing but before the referral order is received, the course provider is advised to take the full details and contact the sentencing court directly to check if they are in fact the named course provider. No offender should be encouraged to attend a course or to make payment before the referral order is received from the court. For guidance on the transfer of offenders between course providers after sentencing.

Course delivery

There is no prescribed national model for the delivery of a DDRS course and this approach enables providers a degree of flexibility in detail and delivery. A DDRS course syllabus has been developed with stakeholders, building on the DVSA Safe and Responsible Driving Standard (DVSA, 2010) and this will inform the delivery. Although there may be differences in the approach adopted by providers, all courses are required to meet the learning outcomes of the DDRS course syllabus and the standards described in this guide.

As demonstrated in the DDRS Course Approval and Quality Assurance process , the approved DDRS course content will need to demonstrate clear links to the desired outcome of the DDRS syllabus. Providers of approved courses will also be required to satisfy the Secretary of State that delivery of training is to a level of competence consistent with, or comparable to, recognised delivery standards consistent with the course approval.

Offenders attending the course are likely to come from a variety of backgrounds and have different learning styles. Course materials therefore might usefully be presented using a variety of techniques, in consideration of the differing learning styles in seeking to ensure offenders are positively and actively engaged, such as:

  • short talks to convey essential information
  • group discussion and participation
  • self-observation forms/records of behaviour, eg ‘drinks diaries’
  • exercises for individual and group discussion, including role play
  • audio/visual presentations
  • guest speakers, for example subject specialists, magistrates, police, other emergency services, victims of drink-drivers
  • information hand-outs
  • behaviour analysis, assessing performance and setting objectives

Course providers are given the freedom to construct the delivery of their DDRS course to meet the learning outcomes of the DDRS syllabus within the following parameters:

  • not less than 16 hours total tuition time, not including breaks
  • minimum of 3 sessions
  • course sessions to be spread across a period of at least 14 days
  • not less than 4, and not more than 20 participants in any course session
  • best practice being for each course to be facilitated by at least 1 trainer to 15 offenders

Where acute or individual circumstances require an exception to the parameters above; including exceeding the recommended ratio it is necessary to notify DVSA by submitting an exception request in order that it can be recorded for compliance and quality assurance purposes. Details of the exception request process can be found at Annex G.

The delivery of the DDRS course syllabus and the opportunity for offenders to develop knowledge and understanding is best served by the learning taking place in a group environment. It is unlikely the same benefits can accrue from training conducted on a ‘one-to-one’ basis.

Complete courses or individual sessions delivered as a one-to-one intervention are not generally acceptable to the scheme. In addition, and to ensure the participant is not disadvantaged, any ‘catch up’ sessions, whether forming part of a programmed course or created separately to cater for clients who have missed course sessions, should also be based on group learning principles.

DVSA recognises the achievement of the scheme’s outcomes rely to a considerable extent on the knowledge, skill, attitude and behaviour demonstrated by course trainers. DVSA require that all DDRS training staff are suitably qualified or have recognised relevant experience.

DDRS trainers may have been recruited to the role from a variety of backgrounds and learning experiences. Many will have been required to demonstrate competence in other adult learning environments which readily map to the DDRS trainer competence framework, or are currently actively working to build the evidence to achieve a recognised adult learning qualification as outlined in the DDRS course approvals information.

The DfT commissioned Competence Assured Solution (CAS) in 2008 to develop a competence framework for trainers and best practice guidance on the recruitment, training and professional development of training staff. The availability of these documents should enable DDRS course providers to consider best practice in creating more robust systems for recruiting DDRS trainers and ensuring they have the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to deliver DDRS courses consistently and effectively.

The CAS trainer guidance documents may be found on GOV UK as follows:

Guidance for DDRS training providers

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In addition to ensuring the ongoing quality of training staff, course providers will also need to monitor the input by guest speakers to ensure the content and presentation style are appropriate to the aims of the course and align with the course approval. Such elements will also be assessed by DVSA as part of the quality assurance visit. For example, where an external training resource is being engaged, eg Fire Service, Police or Magistrate, the course provider may wish to reassure themselves the training resource has a level of delivery competence consistent with the course approval, as this will form part of the quality assurance assessment. Where the resource does not have recognised qualification or proven experience, the DDRS trainer may find it appropriate to be present throughout the session delivery.

For the purposes of quality assurance, continuous professional development and the promotion and development of the scheme, it may be necessary for an individual not directly involved in the delivery of the course to request attendance in an observational role. DVSA accepts that so long as no offender who is a participant on the course has objected to the presence of the observer, and the permission is freely sought, an observer should be allowed to join the course to carry out that role.

Where a provider wishes to offer a training course commercially to non-offenders based on the approved DDRS course, providers are reminded that they do so outside the statutory scheme, eg for fleet drivers, and no powers contained within the scheme can be relied upon. DVSA would encourage the use of the approved course for the wider development of driver education and the promotion of road safety.

DDRS courses intended for offenders should be restricted to offenders only.

Course providers may make minor changes to the content and delivery methods of approved courses at any time, provided their course remains consistent with the course approval and does not breach the course guidance. Any other changes deemed significant, such as a change in contact time, may not be introduced without prior notice to allow for the course approval alteration to be recorded.

If there is any doubt as to whether prior approval is required for a proposed change to the course, providers should consult DVSA. Course providers should ensure that DSA and, as necessary, the courts they serve, are notified immediately of any changes to course or contact details.

Reporting

DVSA will assess the quality and delivery of the approved course using a combination of existing reporting mechanisms, such as the quarterly and annual DDRS reports in addition to assurance visit reports and other sources of information, eg complaints processes and court referral analysis. It is intended that a condition of course approval is that DVSA must be allowed access to any course session for compliance and quality assurance purposes.

The quarterly performance and financial report to DVSA includes the number of referrals received from the court and the number of offenders successfully completing a DDRS course during the period. It will also include the calculation of the per-capita fee to enable DVSA to collect the appropriate fee from the course provider.

The statutory deadline for reporting the quarterly performance and financial data is no later than 14 days after the close of the relevant quarter. A template for reporting is provided at Annex D.

The submission deadline for annual reports is the end of January following the relevant calendar year. A template for annual reporting is provided at Annex C.

In addition to performance and financial reporting the annual report should also provide a summary of course and trainer evaluation demonstrating the transfer of learning consistent with the evidential requirements submitted at course approval stage.

Cessation of course provision

Where the provider of an approved course is no longer willing or able to accept referrals from the courts in the specified area, they must notify DSA in writing of their intention to surrender their course approval and state the date from which this surrender is to take effect. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the course provider should give 3 months’ notice of their intention to DVSA. This notice period will allow for the orderly completion of any outstanding course commitments, provide sufficient time to inform the courts service, amend documentation and, where appropriate consider course approval applications to deliver DDRS courses in the vacated area.

DVSA will consider applications from providers of existing approved courses who are interested in providing their approved course in the specified area(s) served by the outgoing provider.

The incoming and outgoing provider should be prepared to work with each other to minimise any inconvenience to referred offenders. This may include absorbing any outstanding offender commitments from the outgoing provider as well as its historical records. No referred offender should lose the chance to attend a DDRS course as a result of a provider no longer delivering courses.

There is no specific mechanism in the legislation which enables a course approval to be transferred from one course provider to another. In the case of a surrendered approval, DVSA would expect the existing approval to ‘fall’ and look to the existing course approval network to absorb the referrals. It remains open to a new provider to submit an application for course approval for the vacated area.

Where the surrender of the course approval is immediate and no other provider has current course approval for the vacated area, DSA may offer the vacated area to an existing approved course provider. This will be on a temporary basis in order to prevent a break in provision and loss of opportunity to referred offenders, whilst a formal course approval is sought from interested organisations.

Where the legal status of a course provider changes during the period of approval, the existing approval will cease to be valid and can no longer be used. In such circumstances the new entity should apply for course approval.

The Secretary of State may withdraw DDRS course approval where the course provider breaches a condition of approval, disregards this guidance issued by the Secretary of State, or otherwise fails to meet the required standard.

Where approval is withdrawn as referred to in paragraph 3.40 above, the provider should supply DVSA with details of offenders:

  • awaiting course allocation
  • who are awaiting further communication and/or course confirmation from the provider
  • confirmed on future courses
  • who have partially completed courses
  • who have fully complied with course requirements and not received a certificate of course completion
  • who have failed to respond to communication sent by the provider, or failed to attend or complete a course for which a notice of non-completion is required under section 34B(5) and a certificate of course completion has not been issued

A statutory right of appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal exists for those aggrieved by a decision of the Secretary of State to:

  • refuse an application for course approval
  • grant approval for a course subject to conditions
  • withdraw course approval

Further details of the statutory appeal provisions and process are available from DVSA.

Course attendance and completion

Completion of a course, and the consequent reduction in the period of disqualification, will require attendance and completion of the course in accordance with the course provider’s instructions, payment of the appropriate course fee and compliance with the provider’s reasonable requirements section 34B (4) RTOA.

The provider should ensure that each offender has fully completed each course session and is able to provide evidence of attendance, eg by signed course register. Offenders should complete each of the sessions in a logical sequence to progressively build their learning, unless there are wholly exceptional circumstances, such as illness, which make it impossible to do so, and there are no other course options available. This principle also applies to any ‘catch up’ sessions where a part of a course has been missed for any reason.

There is an expectation that course sessions are conducted in an orderly and effective manner, consistent with the order of the court. For clarity, providers might find it useful to issue to offenders a set of clear course terms and conditions, or rules, with which course members are required to comply. A breach of those terms and conditions may render the offender in breach of the course provider’s requirements and so not entitled the offender to a certificate of course completion as provided under section 34B (4) RTOA.

In supporting the learning environment for all offenders, providers should exercise their discretion in the event of a breach of their terms, conditions or rules, by any offender. Unless the matter is a particularly serious incident and requires immediate exclusion, it should be sufficient to issue a first recorded warning to the person concerned about their conduct, but this should not normally lead to exclusion from the session or course.

Under section 34B(4) RTOA a provider must give a certificate of course completion unless the offender fails to pay the due fees, fails to attend the course in accordance with the course provider’s reasonable instructions or fails to comply with any other reasonable requirements of the course provider.

A course provider may wish to consider immediately excluding a person from further course attendance in the event of them being involved in a serious incident such as verbal abuse or an assault or threat of violence to:

  • the provider or staff engaged by the provider
  • a fellow participant on the course
  • venue staff

Any course member found to have driven to or from a course, and thereby having committed the offence of driving while disqualified should be reported to the police.

Where an offender has not been issued with a certificate of course completion, written notice must be issued in accordance with section 34B(5) RTOA. For consistency across the DDRS, this written notice takes the form of a notice of non-completion Annex B.

Where an offender is excluded, and in consequence thereby does not receive a certificate of course completion, a right exists for the offender to apply to the supervising court to challenge the course provider’s decision not to issue such a certificate under section 34B(6) RTOA.

It is advisable, therefore, for providers to keep an accurate written record of attendance, misconduct, and disruptive behaviour, relating to any warnings issued and any exclusion as this may be required as evidence in court proceedings.

Where an offender completes a course satisfactorily, the course provider is required to certify the completion by the issue of a certificate of course completion and give it to the offender no later than 14 days after the latest date for completion of the course section 34B(4) RTOA.

Although not required under the RTOA, it has become good practice for the provider to send the certificate of course completion on the offender’s behalf to the supervising court, copying it to the offender at the same time.

Course providers are responsible for printing and issuing the ‘certificates of course completion’ and ‘notices of non-completion’ These are available at Annex B.

The certificate and notices will be numbered serially to enable identification of the course provider and to whom a certificate of course completion or notice was issued. The form and content of the certificate of course completion are determined by the Secretary of State. No other form of certificate of course completion is recognised by the court.

It is the offender’s responsibility to apply for a new driving licence before the end of the reduced period of disqualification. This is done using form D1 and D750 which are available from post offices or the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Failure to complete a course

Where an offender does not complete a course satisfactorily, the course provider shall notify the offender of his decision in writing as soon as possible and in any event no later than 14 days after the date specified in the order as the latest date for completion of the course section 34B(5) RTOA.

A ‘notice of non-completion’ has been adopted as the formal notice document of good practice and to enable a consistent standard across the scheme. A copy of the notice of non-completion template is at Annex B.

Written notice referred to in the paragraph above shall be issued to an offender who has failed to:

  • pay for the course
  • attend the course in accordance with the course providers’ reasonable instructions
  • comply with any reasonable requirements of the course provider

The notice of non-completion needs to set out the reason for the decision not to issue a certificate of course completion section 34B(10) RTOA and any other circumstances which contributed to the offender failing to complete the course. The notice will draw attention to the offender’s right under section 34B(6) RTOA to make an application against the course provider’s decision.

Issuing a notice of non-completion in these circumstances should avoid the likelihood of a successful default action under section 34B(6) RTOA against the course provider.

Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) agree that under current legislation the courts have no power to extend the latest date for completion of a DDRS course following sentence.

Where it is clear that a referred offender will be unable to complete a DDRS course with the specified provider before the latest date for completion, it should be explained to the offender in clear terms that no extension in the deadline date is possible and that the provider will be obliged to issue a notice of non-completion.

This may be avoided if it is possible to arrange for another course provider to provide a course which can be completed by the deadline date without breaching other course requirements. In such circumstances, the sentencing court should be informed of the transfer and the reasons for it.

Notices of non-completion must be sent to each offender who fails to satisfactorily complete the course by the deadline (relevant) date specified in the order, even where there has been no communication from the offender.

Course providers should obtain a certificate of posting for each notice of non-completion that they issue in order that the notice is treated as having been given. This can be in the form of a bulk certificate of posting provided that the name and address of each intended recipient is shown and the date of despatch.

The postal carrier’s endorsement of the certificate is required and the course provider might find it useful to keep the certificate as evidence in the event that an offender claims that a notice of non-completion was not issued.

There is no requirement to copy notices of non-completion to DVLA or to the supervising court as the offender will by default, be required to complete the full period of disqualification imposed during sentencing. However if the court wishes to receive them, copies of the notices of non-completion can be sent to the court by first or second class post.

Complaints and appeals

To assist in the management of complaints made by offenders, course providers should ensure offenders have access to information about the course provider’s complaints procedure. DVSA will make use of this procedure in the first instance in the case of a complaint being made direct to the agency, unless it is inappropriate to do so.

Since an offender may challenge a decision not to issue a certificate of completion it is in the interests of each course provider to be able to show to a court that their reasons for not granting a certificate were properly founded on one or more of the matters set out in above.

Special needs and reasonable adjustments

Course providers are reminded of the obligations under The Equality Act 2010 so as to avoid discrimination against those with disabilities in the provision of approved DDRS courses. In particular, under this legislation ‘service providers’ must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to remove any barriers that could make it difficult or impossible for people with a disability to access their services. Under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) it is unlawful to treat people with a disability less favourably than others for a reason related to their disability.

The duty to make reasonable adjustments is not unqualified. Course providers should establish whether, in any particular case, they are obliged to make adjustments to assist a referred offender, and what adjustments are reasonable taking into account all the relevant circumstances. Course providers may choose to make adjustments beyond those required by the DDA.

Ultimately, it is for the courts to interpret the law in any dispute over the meaning of a particular legislative provision, and in this case what is ‘reasonable’ in consideration of what adjustments may be necessary. There are, however, a number of sources of advice available to course providers to assist them in reaching an equitable conclusion in each case. Much of this is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Other statutory obligations

Providers are reminded of their duty of care requirements for offenders attending their courses and are expected to meet their statutory obligations. Course providers are also reminded they have a legal obligation in delivering an approved DDRS course to comply at all times with relevant areas of law applying to their organisation and its activities.

DVSA may withdraw a course approval if breaches of the course provider’s legal obligations are brought to the attention of DVSA, indicating that the provider has ceased to be an appropriate person to provide the course and administer its provision efficiently or effectively.

The role of the courts

Making of referral orders

Courts have powers to make a referral order where an offender is disqualified for 12 months or more on conviction of one of the following offences under the RTA 1988:

  • causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink (section 3A)
  • driving or being in charge of a vehicle when under the influence of drink (section 4)
  • driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol (section 5)
  • failing to provide a specimen for analysis (section 3A or 7) or to allow a specimen to be tested (section 7A)

The DDRS course is not an ‘approved course’ for those convicted of drug-driving offences only. It is, however, acceptable to refer an individual to an approved DDRS course if he or she had committed an offence involving both drink and drugs. Such an offender could usefully benefit from drink-drive education.

There is no legal bar to offenders being referred on a second occasion to an approved DDRS course. This is a matter for the sentencing court. In England the Magistrates’ Courts Sentencing Guidelines (2008 p.186) state that courts should consider offering the opportunity to attend a course to all offenders convicted of a relevant offence for the first occasion. The court should be willing to consider a further opportunity on a second occasion - it will not usually be appropriate to give an offender the opportunity to attend a third course.

Where an offender is disqualified from driving for a relevant drink offence for a period of at least 12 months, the court may make an order that the period of disqualification shall be reduced if, by the ‘relevant date’, the offender satisfactorily completes an approved DDRS course section 34A RTOA.

The ‘relevant date’ means a date at least 2 months before the last day of the period of disqualification as reduced by the order section 34A (6) RTOA.

The provision of the 2 month period referred to above is necessary for the course completion to be notified to the court, and in turn to the DVLA, so that the reduced period of disqualification can be applied to the driver’s record. For example, a 12 month disqualification, with a 3 month reduction for completion of a DDRS course, enables a reduced period of disqualification to 9 months. Section 34A (6) RTOA requires that an additional 2 months be subtracted from the reduced period (9 – 2 months) giving a ‘relevant date’ for completion as 7 months after the date of conviction.

An order referring an offender to an approved DDRS course will be made at the time of sentencing only and recorded in full in the court register (the court minutes in Scotland). No provision exists in the RTOA for the offender to return to court following the original sentencing to apply for the DDRS course. Nor is there power in the RTOA to extend an existing deadline where the offender has, or is likely to, fail to complete the course before the latest date for completion announced at court during sentencing.

Offenders may only be referred to a DDRS course approved by the Secretary of State section 34A(5) RTOA.

Under section 34A(9) RTOA, before the court makes an order, it is required to ensure that:

  • a place is available on an approved course
  • the offender appears to be of, or over, 17 years of age (referral can be by adult or youth courts)
  • the court has informed the offender (orally, or in writing, and in ordinary language) of the effect of the order, and of the amount of fees the offender is required to pay for the course, and when they must be paid
  • the offender has agreed that the order should be made

Where an offender appeals to the crown court (or an appeal court in Scotland) against the sentence, the court will reconsider the sentence and the order for referral to an approved course. The crown court (or appeal court) will have regard to the effect that any variation of the sentence may have on the validity or appropriateness of the course and the reduction in the period of disqualification allowed on successful completion of the course.

As in the magistrates’ court (or sheriff’s court in Scotland), the exact period of reduction decided upon should be specified in court. An order for referral to an approved course may be made in the crown court (or appeal court) even when no such order has been made in the magistrates’ court. If the crown court (or appeal court) reduces the disqualification period or overturns the conviction, it should inform the course provider and the supervising court accordingly.

It is commonplace for legal advisors and court ushers to assist an offender by providing further information, particularly where the sentencing court’s area is served by several providers, or where the offender requires a course provider in another area. DVSA maintains an up-to-date list of active approved DDRS course providers, Annex A which are on the GOV UK website.

In addition to the course and its completion deadline, courts are asked to include, on the courts ‘Libra’ form the offender’s alcohol reading and details of penalties imposed as these are helpful in checking against identity fraud. Courts are encouraged to use the Criminal Justice Secure Mail (CJSM) email system to forward referrals to DDRS providers.

Once a referral order has been made, it is important that the offender and the course provider are notified in writing without delay. Courts are not encouraged to batch referral orders and forward periodically. Any significant delay will reduce the time the offender has available to attend and complete the course by the court deadline.

Delays may also restrict the course options the provider is able to offer the offender. Where different from the sentencing court, the supervising court should also be notified of a course referral. There is no need for a referral order to be copied to DVLA.

Note: ‘Supervising court’ as defined in section 34C (3) RTOA means ‘in England and Wales, if the crown court made the order the Crown Court and otherwise a magistrate’ court acting for the same local justice area as the court which made the order, and (b) in Scotland, the court which made the order.’

When referring the offender, court staff are requested to specify on the referral order whether the offender has any identified special needs identified during the hearing, for example accessibility requirements or where an interpreter has been used in the case, this will ensure suitable arrangements can be made to enable full engagement on the DDRS course.

Since December 2008, courts throughout England have been able to generate course referral notifications through the courts’ information system ‘Libra’. Within Libra, courts should use the following documents:

  • notice of disqualification from driving/endorsement of licence (DRVORD)
  • notice about reduction in disqualification (RDNOTD)
  • notice to course manager (RDNOT)
  • notice to supervising court (RDNOTOC)

The resulting process in Libra will also trigger electronic notification of the disqualification to DVLA and to the police and the Police National Computer (PNC). However, Libra is not designed to record or transmit any updates after the initial result, such as a subsequent reduction in the disqualification period following successful course completion.

The courts’ information system in Scotland, ‘COP II’, currently has no equivalent documents for notification of course referrals. All referrals are therefore notified by the issue of a court order in paper form. Courts should ensure that copies are sent to the offender and course provider at the earliest possible opportunity, in order to maximise the opportunity for the offender to attend a suitable course.

Although made at the time of sentencing, referral to the DDRS is voluntary and an offender may undertake a course at any time, providing it is completed by the completion date. It may be advisable for courts and course providers to take active steps to encourage offenders to undertake courses at an early opportunity, in case unforeseen circumstances endanger course completion before the deadline section 34A (5) RTOA.

Where an offender who is offered the DDRS course elects to undertake it in a different area to that in which the sentencing court is located, the court will send details of the offender to the supervising court for that area. Courts should use Libra document RDNOTOC (notice to supervising court) for this purpose.

There is no separate or additional penalty imposed if an offender agrees to accept a referral order at the time of sentencing and subsequently declines to attend, or is unable to attend a course. In such a case the offender will not receive a certificate of course completion, and will not be entitled to a reduced disqualification period.

The DDRS provider is required to give written notice to the offender of the decision not to issue a certificate of course completion as soon as possible and in any event not later than 14 days after the date specified in the order as the latest date for completion of the course section 34B(5) RTOA. This written notice has been standardised as the ‘notice of non-completion’ recognised across the scheme see Annex B.

High Risk Offenders (HRO) who were referred to an approved course (and whether or not they completed it) are required to satisfy the Secretary of State that they do not have an ‘alcohol problem’, and are fit to drive, before their licence is reissued. This includes submitting to a medical examination by a DVLA approved medical practitioner. Course providers should be prepared to give guidance to those identified by the court as HRO.

Note: High Risk Offenders - Specified in regulation 74 of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999 No. 2864): persons disqualified from driving for being two and half times or more over the prescribed limit; for failing without reasonable excuse to provide a specimen for analysis; or for being unfit to drive through drink or driving with an alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit on 2 or more occasions within 10 years.

The National Probation Service in England and Wales currently offers, in some areas only, an intensive supervised programme entitled ‘Drink Impaired Driver’ (DID). This workshop for drink-drive offenders is run over several weeks, attendance at which can be made a condition of a community-based sentence, where the nature of the offence is thought to require a higher degree of intervention.

There is no available reduction in the period of driving disqualification for satisfactory completion of a DID course, as it is not within the DDRS. However, attending a DID course does not prevent a court additionally referring an offender to an approved DDRS course, completion of which would result in a reduction in the period of disqualification.

Subsequent applications to the court by an offender

Where the offender wishes to challenge a decision not to issue a certificate of completion, a statutory option exists. An application may be made to the supervising court by the offender under section 34B(6) RTOA for a declaration against a course provider’s decision not to issue a certificate of completion. The court may issue a summons directing the course provider to attend a hearing to consider the application and the applicant should also be informed of the date of hearing by the court.

In England and Scotland any such application must be made in accordance with court rules. The court will endeavour to ensure that any application is considered promptly so that, if it decides to grant the application, a reduced period of disqualification can still take effect.

If a course provider fails to give either a certificate of completion or a notice of non-completion to the offender within 14 days of the latest date for the completion of a course specified in the order the offender may apply to the supervising court for a declaration that the course provider is in default section 34B (8) RTOA. If the court grants the application, the reduced period of disqualification will apply as if a certificate of course completion had been received by the court section 34B(9) RTOA.

In Scotland the court procedures for applications, such as those under sections 34B(6) and (8) RTOA, are laid down in the relevant rules of court, namely the Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules) 1996. The procedure is flexible, but the course provider may be required to lodge written answers to the application before a date for hearing the application is fixed. The period in which any application may be made is 28 days as laid down in the Act of Adjournal.

Where the court has made a decision in the applicant’s favour and orders a reduction in the period of disqualification, and in any case where the disqualification was suspended, it must notify DVLA of its decision under section 34B(11) RTOA. This notification should be made on the same form as for the notification of a reduced period of disqualification following completion of a course and should at the same time be copied to the local PNC bureau.

Appeal by a course provider

A course provider has a right to appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal if aggrieved over the Secretary of State’s refusal to grant course approval, grant of approval subject to condition or withdrawal of course approval.

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Annex A: list of approved course providers

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UK Government

Statistical data set: Live tables on Energy Performance of Buildings Certificates

Updated: Updated tables.

These tables show data from certificates lodged on the Energy Performance of Buildings Registers since 2008, including average energy efficiency ratings, energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, fuel costs, average floor area sizes and numbers of certificates recorded.

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Table A1: Energy Performance Certificates for all properties by total floor area and type of property

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Table D7: domestic Energy Performance Certificates for all dwellings by type of property, average energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs

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Table LA1: domestic Energy Performance Certificates for all dwellings in each local authority, by energy efficiency rating

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Table NB1: domestic Energy Performance Certificates for new dwellings by energy efficiency rating

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Table NB4: domestic Energy Performance Certificates for new dwellings by type of property

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Table NB7: domestic Energy Performance Certificates for new dwellings by type of property, average energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs

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Table A: non-domestic Energy Performance Certificates by energy performance asset rating

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Table B: non-domestic Energy Performance Certificates by property group

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Table DEC1: Display Energy Certificates by local authority and energy performance operational rating

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Table DEC2: Display Energy Certificates - annual energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

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January 23, 2015

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January 22, 2015

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January 21, 2015

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January 19, 2015

UK Government

Detailed guide: The Scotland Act 2012

Scotland Act 2012

The Scotland Act introduces the Scottish rate of income tax which is expected to be introduced from April 2016. HMRC consulted with groups on how the introduction of the Scottish rate would impact on other areas of the income tax system. The work of these groups has been completed and copies of papers are available below. A technical note has been published which sets out the approach to various proposals.

Pensions Technical Group

1 November 2010

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11 January 2011

Agenda (ODT, 9.52KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 18.1KB)

10 May 2011

Agenda (ODT, 8.32KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 22.1KB) ; Proposal - Option 1a (ODT, 14KB)

22 July 2011

Agenda (ODT, 8.03KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 17.7KB) ; Proposal - Option 1b (ODT, 14.5KB) Pensions Relief Journeys (PDF, 115KB, 19 pages) ; Letter to Calman Pensions Technical Group (ODT, 464KB)

16 September 2011

Agenda (ODT, 8.04KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 15.5KB)

30 October 2012

Agenda (ODT, 7.96KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 11.9KB)

18 April 2013

Pension relief at source - Pensions industry option (ODT, 9.36KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 12.7KB)

10 October 2013

Agenda (ODT, 5.27KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 14.1KB)

Charities Technical Group

(One meeting only)

11 October 2010

Minutes (ODT, 12KB)

Income Tax Technical Group

25 October 2010

The Calman Income Tax Technical Group meeting invitation letter (ODT, 102KB) ; Agenda (ODT, 21.3KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 37.8KB)

10 January 2011

Agenda (ODT, 7.65KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 26.3KB)

17 March 2011

Agenda (ODT, 19.7KB) ; Terms of Reference for the Scottish Rate of Income Tax Technical Group (ODT, 16.2KB) ; Scottish Taxpayer definition (ODT, 11.9KB) ; Calman Commission summary (ODT, 8.18KB) ; Scottish Taxpayer - Decision Chart (PDF, 24.4KB, 2 pages) ; Income Tax Terminology - in the context of the Scotland Bill (PDF, 19.2KB, 1 page) ; Minutes (ODT, 36.1KB)

26 May 2011

Agenda (ODT, 19.7KB) ; Real Estate Investment Trusts (ODT, 5.96KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 40.5KB)

07 September 2011

Agenda (ODT, 20.9KB) ; Discussion paper on the interaction between the Scottish rate and trusts, trustees and trust income (ODT, 12.9KB) ; PAYE Settlement Agreements and the Scotland Bill (ODT, 7.43KB) ; PAYE Settlement Agreements and the Scotland Bill - Examples (ODT, 14.3KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 24.1KB)

4 December 2011

Agenda (ODT, 23.1KB) ; Transparency of the Scottish rate of income tax (ODT, 14.2KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 21.5KB) ; Minutes (ODT, 24.1KB)

Technical Note

Clarifying the Scope of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax - Technical Note May 2012

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January 16, 2015

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January 16, 2015 02:22 AM

January 15, 2015

UK Government

Statistical data set: Live tables on homelessness

Updated: Added footnote in table 775.

Live tables

Figures for individual local authorities are given in tables 784, 784a, 792 and 793.

Table 770: decisions taken by local authorities under the Housing Act 1996 on applications from eligible households, England

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Table 770a: decisions taken by local authorities on eligible households owed the reapplication duty under section 195a of the Localism Act 2011, England 2011 to 2014

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Table 771: households accepted by local authorities as owed a main homelessness duty by ethnicity, England 1998 to 2014

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Table 773: households accepted by local authorities as owed a main homelessness duty by priority need category, England 1998 to 2014

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Table 774: households accepted by local authorities as owed a main homelessness duty by reason for loss of last settled home, England 1998 to 2014

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Table 775: households in temporary accommodation by type of accommodation, and cases where duty owed but no accommodation has been secured at the end of each quarter, England, London and Rest of England 1998 to 2014

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Table 777: immediate outcome of decision by local authority to accept household as unintentionally homeless, eligible and in priority need

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Table 778: households leaving temporary accommodation (or no longer recorded 'duty owed, no accommodation secured'), by outcome, England 1998 to 2014

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Table 779: households leaving temporary accommodation (or no longer recorded as 'duty owed, no accommodation secured') during each quarter, by length of time since acceptance, England and London, 1998 to 2014

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Table 780: homeless households in priority need accepted by local authorities by household type, England 2006 to 2014

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Table 781: homeless households in priority need accepted by local authorities by age of applicant, England 2006 to 2014

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Table 782: household types in temporary accommodation, England 2006 to 2014

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Table 784: local authorities' action under the homelessness provisions of the Housing Acts, financial year 2013 to 2014

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Table 784a: local authorities' action under the homelessness provisions of the Housing Acts: quarterly data for financial year 2014 to 2015

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Table 785: local authority assistance to foreign nationals under homelessness provisions of the Housing Act 1996 - decisions on applications for assistance, England

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Table 786: local authority assistance to foreign nationals under homelessness provisions of the Housing Act 1996 - reason for eligibily of accepted households, England

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Table 787: outcome of homelessness prevention and relief, England, 2009-10 to 2013-14

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Table 788: type of homelessness prevention and relief, England, 2009-10 to 2013-14

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Table 789: cases assisted to obtain alternative accommodation broken down by prevention and relief, England, 2009-10 to 2013-14

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Table 792: total reported cases of homelessness prevention and relief by outcome and local authority, 2009-10 to 2013-14

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Table 793: families with children in bed and breakfast accommodation for more than 6 weeks excluding those pending review, by local authority, quarterly data from 2012 Q4

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Detailed local authority level responses

Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: July to September 2014

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: April to June 2014

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: January to March 2014

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: October to December 2013

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: July to September 2013

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: April to June 2013

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: January to March 2013

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: October to December 2012

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: July to September 2012

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Detailed local authority level homelessness figures: April to June 2012

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Detailed local authority level responses: prevention and relief

Detailed local authority level homelessness prevention and relief figures: 2013 to 2014

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Detailed local authority level homelessness prevention and relief figures: 2012 to 2013

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Discontinued tables

Tables 772, 776, 783, 790 and 791 have been discontinued and are no longer being updated. They have been frozen following the decision made that regional totals should not be published in DCLG statistics with effect from 1 October 2012.

Table 772: homeless households accepted by local authorities, by region (final version)

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Table 776: homeless households in temporary accommodation at the end of each quarter, by region (final version)

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Table 783: homeless households in temporary accommodation at the end of each quarter, by type of accommodation and region (final version)

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Table 790: outcome of homelessness prevention and relief by region, England, 2009-10 to 2011-12 (final version)

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Table 791: total cases of homelessness prevention and relief by type and region, England, 2009-10 to 2011-12 (final version)

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January 15, 2015 02:25 PM

Charles H. Schulz

The Document Foundation: a personal outlook for 2015

2015 has started and I realized that in between the New Year and last week’s tragedy, I hadn’t had the time to discuss what’s on the table for the Document Foundation in 2015. This is purely a personal opinion and does not represent any sort of official statement by the Foundation. Let’s try to keep this somewhat synthetic. LibreOffice_external_logo_200px

More & better software

  • 2015 will be the year of mobility for LibreOffice. The end of 2014 had seen the announcement of CloudOn’s new office suite for iPad, and this office suite is basically powered by LibreOffice. 2015 will see the first results of the development of our Android version. Don’t look for a scoop here: it will be gradual so you will have to take every announcement from the Document Foundation on Android as a chapter in a story.
  • Cloud-wise, the work is still ongoing. You may think we’re taking a long time doing this – and there’s some truth in that. It is important however to consider the following: a cloud version of LibreOffice is not about starting from scratch and releasing something like etherpad. Quite the contrary: it is about “porting” (for lack of a better term) LibreOffice in the cloud, with most of its feature. And that takes a lot of effort, which means constant work by developers who would be glad to have their work subsidized in some way, but who also work on several existing projects, including LibreOffice itself.
  • It is hard to predict how LibreOffice will evolve in 2015 as we do not work with roadmaps. But from what I can see, I see three trends. The first one is a better, more beautiful interface for the OS X version. This was started sometime in 2013, but it will be a reality starting soon, with the upcoming release of the 4.4. The second trend did start with the 4.0 release: more powerful spreadsheets with more features. The third one stems from the benefit of having a more active UX / Design team: improvements in the user interface are being released more frequently and are thus more visible now. LibreOffice-4.4-OS-X
  • Even more document filters: better compatibility with OOXML, Abiword, Clarisworks, Corel… and even better: filters that can be reused by every other FOSS document editors, thanks to the active Document Liberation Project.

A stronger foundation

I guess it’s difficult to know these things before you have experienced them first, but managing and growing a foundation like the Stiftung or any other similar entity such as its counterpart in France, Switzerland or Italy is a full time job. It requires detail and accuracy in execution and the the management of the structure, but since the foundation relies on the community for its actual activities, it requires the involvement of all kinds of people, which in turns implies that a complex human ensemble has to work with a complex yet robust legal machinery. The situation is gradually improving. The employees and contractors of the foundation have the rare quality of being great community members and fit well within the operations of the foundation. I expect these operations to improve and accelerate in 2015 because of all these factors. Which also means you should expect more announcements from the foundation this year.

A larger, more diverse community

Our community is growing and more interestingly, the way it is growing is not only by the arrival of new contributors to the code, but also by new, non technical contributors who may be more familiar with social networks than with mailing list. Even more importantly, we seem to gather traction everywhere with the arrival of contributors whose native language is not English and whose mastering of that language is all but certain. This means that now we have very active community members who are outside mailing lists but on social networks: Google +, Twitter, LibreOffice, and on websites that are in languages completely different than English, while contributing locally without necessarily liaising with the more “central” project. We need to take this into account – and being part of the Membership Committee I can say this is an important discussion we are having and will continue to have this year. This also calls for more awareness in how we work with each other, acknowledgement of contributions; on the other hand, it suggests that we finally get to tackle the need for a more formal management of our relationship with local entities.

But above everything else: let’s continue to have fun! Thank you everyone for your time and efforts you dedicate to this project. I’m looking forward to a great year 2015.

by Charles at January 15, 2015 11:14 AM

January 10, 2015

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January 09, 2015

UK Government

Detailed guide: Party Wall etc Act 1996: guidance

Updated: Added updated guidance document and example letter templates.

Introduction

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

A building owner proposing to start work covered by the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act. Adjoining owners can agree or disagree with what is proposed. Where they disagree, the Act provides a mechanism for resolving disputes.

The Act is separate from obtaining planning permission or building regulations approval.

What is a party wall?

The main types of party walls are:

  • a wall that stands on the lands of 2 (or more) owners and forms part of a building - this wall can be part of one building only or separate buildings belonging to different owners
  • a wall that stands on the lands of 2 owners but does not form part of a building, such as a garden wall but not including timber fences
  • a wall that is on one owner’s land but is used by 2 (or more) owners to separate their buildings

The Act also uses the expression ‘party structure’. This could be a wall or floor partition or other structure separating buildings or parts of buildings in different ownership, such as in flats.

What the Act covers

The Act covers:

  • new building on or at the boundary of 2 properties
  • work to an existing party wall or party structure
  • excavation near to and below the foundation level of neighbouring buildings

This may include:

  • building a new wall on or at the boundary of 2 properties
  • cutting into a party wall
  • making a party wall taller, shorter or deeper
  • removing chimney breasts from a party wall
  • knocking down and rebuilding a party wall
  • digging below the foundation level of a neighbour’s property

Explanatory booklet

This provides detailed guidance on the Party Wall etc Act 1996. The guidance explains how the Act may affect a building owner who wishes to carry out work covered by the Act or an adjoining building owner who receives notification under the Act of proposed work.

This guidance has been further updated in January 2015 to make it clearer and provide answers to more regularly asked questions. For example: What a party wall award can cover? What to do if a building becomes unsafe? Or, there is excessive noise from the work being carried out? And what is the role of the surveyor?

The Party Wall etc Act 1996: explanatory booklet

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Example letters

Templates for the example letters in Part 5 of the guidance are available to download.

Example letter 1: party structure notice

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Example letter 2: positive acknowledgement of party structure notice

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Example letter 8: 3/6 metre notice

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Further information

We continue to welcome feedback on how useful you have found the publication to help us improve guidance on the Party Wall etc Act 1996 in the future by completing the following short survey.

January 09, 2015 03:36 PM

January 08, 2015

UK Government

News story: Africa Prosperity Fund: Call for bids

Updated: Added link to strategy document

The Prosperity Fund is the FCO’s dedicated annual fund supporting prosperity work overseas. Through targeted projects, it aims to support the conditions for global and UK growth: Openness, Sustainability, Opportunity and Reputation. The Prosperity Fund has devolved £300k to Africa Strategy and Network Unit (ASNU) to fund a project up to the value of £285k for our High Level Prosperity Partnership (HLPP) target countries of Angola, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania. The remaining £15k will be held by ASNU for contingencies.

We are pleased to announce the call for bids for the for the Africa Prosperity (HLPP) Fund for financial year 2015 to 2016.

How to apply

  • Detailed guidance on how to apply is contained below in the Guidance for Potential Implementers. Please read this document carefully, together with the FAQs.
  • Please also familiarise yourself at an early stage with the standard grant contract.
  • Bidding templates are provided below. The deadline for submitting project concepts to ASNU is 19 January 2015. Concept bids should be no more than three pages in length.
  • We would expect one project bid up to £285k with a range of activities covering the targeted sectors across the some or all of the five HLPP countries. This reflects the strategic nature of the Africa Prosperity (HLPP) Fund and the need for high impact (please see A.
  • The project should be planned so that they are implemented and completed by March 2016.

How proposals are assessed:

Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Value for money
  • Strategic fit
  • Evidence of local demand or need
  • Project viability, including capacity of implementing organisation(s)
  • Project design, including clear achievable impact
  • Sustainability
  • Risk and stakeholder management

Key documents

Please read the guidance for 2015 to 2016. These documents cover the type of projects that we would like to see, the application process, ensuring a quality bid and getting the budget right.

Full proposal documents

Implementers will be invited to submit a full proposal if their project concept is successful.

Please see the full proposal forms and template activity based budget below:

January 08, 2015 11:28 AM

January 04, 2015

ODF Wikipedia Page

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December 31, 2014

Apache Foundation

Apache OpenOffice in 2014: a year in review

2014 has been an exciting year for the OpenOffice project and community.

Click on the picture below to start a slideshow with highlights from 2014. A text-only version is under the picture.


  • January: The Apache OpenOffice community starts the year by adding new localizations.
    OpenOffice supports 120+ languages, but only those that are 100% translated and maintained are officially released.The 100% complete localizations in 2014 doubled the ones from 2012.
    OpenOffice also participated, as usual, in the initiatives for UNESCO's International Mother Language Day in February.
  • February: OpenOffice comes back to FOSDEM, one of the most popular Free and Open Source Conferences in Europe, with a devroom and a dedicated stand.
    For the first year, the devroom is open to all ODF Editors.
  • March: the Apache OpenOffice community prepares for ApacheCon Denver (7-11 April) by designing a dedicated track.
    Selected topics include: work toward a new translation workflow and a new build system, Open Source marketing and security testing.
  • April: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 is released, with much improved accessibility, support for comments on text ranges, a new interface for editing input fields and many improvements in handling of graphics.
    Hundreds of community members participate in testing, with dedicated tests by accessibility experts.
    The code, distributed under the Apache License 2.0, is promptly reused by other projects.
  • May: Apache OpenOffice downloads hit the 100 million mark in less than 2 years.
    By the end of 2014, downloads are more than 130 millions, from virtually all countries and territories in the world.
  • June: A new initiative allows to quickly and easily localize the OpenOffice website. New translations like Lithuanian and Hebrew are published and updated.
    Website translations are made more visibile using a language dropdown and browser-based language negotiation.
  • July: The social media presence of Apache OpenOffice grows.
    The Facebook fan page at https://facebook.com/ApacheOO grows more than 30% from 2013, to 13,000 fans.
    The official Twitter account at https://twitter.com/apacheoo has more than 3,500 followers, with a 75% increase over the previous year.
  • August: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 is released, with several important bugfixes, full support for three additional languages, security improvements and support for gestures under Mac OS X.
  • September: The Apache OpenOffice Forum and Wiki receive hardware upgrades by the Apache Infra team to be able to sustain the ever-growing traffic.
    The official forum at https://forum.openoffice.org is the most used channel for user support, averaging over 100 posts per day and accumulating 320,000 posts about Apache OpenOffice and all derivatives.
  • October: A community survey is launched to understand how we can better exploit the potential of our several hundreds contributors. Results will set the priorities for community development in future.
    The user community continues to grow thanks to increased adoption, with Udine (Italy) joining the long list of public administrations that migrated to OpenOffice.
  • November: Apache OpenOffice has a strong presence at ApacheCon Europe, held in Budapest. A dedicated track is the occasion to reason about upcoming developments, our community, migration, integration with mobile technologies and web projects.
  • December: Thanks to the work of Apache Infra and investments from the Apache Foundation, Apache OpenOffice has technology available to sign its releases in a way compatible with Windows security settings, thus allowing also non-technical users to immediately verify that they downloaded the genuine version of OpenOffice and confirming the continued commitment from Apache and OpenOffice to protect users.
    The new digital signing will be available in the next OpenOffice releases.

Have a nice 2015!

by pescetti at December 31, 2014 06:50 PM

December 30, 2014

Apache Foundation

Presentations and videos from ApacheCon EU 2014, Budapest

ApacheCon Europe, held last month in Budapest, was a wonderful occasion for the OpenOffice community to gather and discuss the state of the project and future developments.

Videos and presentations from the conference are now available. See below for some presentations from the OpenOffice track.

Pictures are available too, courtesy of Michal Hrin.

OpenOffice At Apache: 2014 And Beyond - Andrea Pescetti, Apache OpenOffice PMC

It's already two years since OpenOffice graduated as a Top Level Project at Apache. We have more than 100 million downloads and a stable, working community at Apache. In an overall "state of the project" talk, we will see what we accomplished so far, what worked, what can be improved... Full Description - Slides

Doing The Write Thing: Document Editing Made Mobile (the Corinthia Project) - Louis Suárez-Potts, Age of Peers, Inc. & Peter Kelly, UX Productivity

At the Denver ApacheCon last April, I presented on the evolution of OpenOffice, and the need for a good quality, compatible solution for mobile devices. Participants suggested establishing a project in Apache Labs to address this problem... Full Description - Video - Slides

Anatomy Of An Apache OpenOffice Extension - Pedro Giffuni, Apache Software Foundation

Developing code within the huge, and sometimes daunting, Apache OpenOffice code can sometimes be very difficult, specially if you only want to add a very specific piece of code that few people want. As part of an ongoing effort to improve the Operation Research capabilities within Apache OpenOffice, I will try to document the different parts of an Apache OpenOffice extension... Full Description - Slides

How to Turn Your Favorite Programming Language Into An AOO Macro Language - Rony Flatscher, WU Vienna

Apache OpenOffice (AOO) defines a scripting framework that can be exploited to add any programming language to Apache OpenOffice as a macro language. This presentation introduces the necessary overview and knowhow to become able to assess the effort to add your own favorite programming language to AOO... Full Description - Slides

The OpenOffice Localization Community - Andrea Pescetti, Apache OpenOffice PMC

The sun never sets on the OpenOffice localization community. Volunteers from all continents help translating OpenOffice, its documentation and its website into dozens of languages... Full Description - Slides

Addressing File Format Compatibility in Word Processors - Louis Suárez-Potts, Age of Peers, Inc. & Peter Kelly, UX Productivity

A well-known XKCD comic parodies the industry's solution to standards proliferation: a new, "universal" standard to replace all its predecessors. We all know where that leads. In this talk, I'll discuss an alternate approach that deals with the mess without creating more of it, in the context of word processing... Full Description - Video - Slides

The Municipality Of Trieste Apache OpenOffice Migration - Davide Dozza

In 2013 the Municipality of Trieste (Italy) decided to migrate to Apache OpenOffice. The main goal was to adopt ODF as the document standard format for all the 1800 users on about 1550 PCs... Full Description - Slides

Collaborated Editing On ODF - Svante Schubert, OASIS ODF Advanced Collaboration Subcommittee

The OpenDocument format (ODF) consists of compressed XML files. ODF is read and written by many Office applications; the Apache ODF Toolkit (incubating) provides the ability of an easy automated access... Full Description - Slides

by pescetti at December 30, 2014 10:02 AM

December 26, 2014

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Security in open source, a Google surprise, and more - opensource.com


Security in open source, a Google surprise, and more
opensource.com
In a recent news roundup, I pointed to an article about Google offering better support for OpenDocument (DOF) formats in its applications. The article mentioned that support would come sometime in 2015, but Google surprised the world and added ODF ...

and more »

December 26, 2014 12:10 PM

Security in open source, a Google surprise, and more - opensource.com


Security in open source, a Google surprise, and more
opensource.com
In a recent news roundup, I pointed to an article about Google offering better support for OpenDocument (DOF) formats in its applications. The article mentioned that support would come sometime in 2015, but Google surprised the world and added ODF ...

and more »

December 26, 2014 12:10 PM

December 21, 2014

Charles H. Schulz

Public Interest, Software Freedom and Open Standards

Christmas and the New Year are coming really close now and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year was truly exciting for me and I believe that 2015 is going to be a very special one. One of the things that keep coming back and that many of us enjoy during this time of the year is the Christmas cookies, candies and other very nice surprises that we are being offered, or that we bake or purchase. Let’s forget the extra pounds that’s part of the season’s inexorable consequences: this year, we had some another kind of early Christmas delights: Early December, the UK Government hosted the tenth edition of the ODF plugfest. All the participants went away saying it had been a tremendous success; the Document Foundation, its partners and the ODF ecosystem at large attended the event. Above all, there were two very good surprises during the event:ODF-logo

  • Google is now back at work on seriously implementing the ODF standard for Google Drive. This is major as Google Drive has the potential to become one of the major ODF implementations available. So far, its support for ODF had been hesitant or ambiguous, when not downright technically flawed. We are not being told that Google is committed to have a full, quality implementation of ODF for Google Drive and perhaps for its search engine for the Summer season of 2015. This kind of announcement does not happen everyday and I believe it will give a boost to the ODF ecosystem by extending its potential reach to millions of new users.
  • The efforts of the UK Government in adopting Free Software and Open Standards are real, actual, and not the effect of some politics-induced buzz. The UK is moving on several fronts, adopting Free Software on the desktop, the server (this is a huge undertaking obviously), creating and liberating a UK_Sealsubstantial amount of open data, and ensuring its infrastructure and services rely on open standards. It is useful to remember that such migrations are usually hard to lead to completion because of the complexity of the legacy systems and the habits of entire public sector entities interwoven with existing skills and suppliers’ relations. If properly carried on, this migration and the new policies born out of it will be of tremendous importance for any other government contemplating such a move. On the other hand, I cannot stress enough the importance of working with upstream projects and initiatives for a government like the UK Government. As I wrote a few months ago, we should expect technical problems and change management issues that must be addressed properly, otherwise the whole migration project could be at risk of failing. Upstream projects, such as the Document Foundation, can help by providing guidance on sourcing the best expertise, and important technological questions. These projects may in turn be helped through the investment of governments: more resources also mean more quality assurance, and features developed for the benefit of all. Public interest and software freedom are not always aligned, in the sense that software freedom grant rights to users of Free Software but does not imply users will get what they want; in this case however, these two notions could become very much aligned. The same holds true for Open Standards: if major chunks of the UK’s public sector’s pool of documents is migrated to ODF, there is something close to a liability – and an opportunity- for this Government to ensure the format continues to thrive and be improved.

All in all, we have some really good news for the end of the year. I look forward to 2015.

Cheers!

by Charles at December 21, 2014 02:51 PM

December 20, 2014

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Open source or proprietary PaaS: Which is better for your organization? - TechRepublic


Open source or proprietary PaaS: Which is better for your organization?
TechRepublic
Other databases that you can open include Oracle JDBC, MySQL, and PostgreSQL. The only database you can create with Base must be in OpenDocument File (ODF) format. To help you decide what type of database you should use with an open or closed ...

December 20, 2014 12:59 AM

December 18, 2014

Planet KDE

Leaving KO

Inge, Tobias and I founded KO GmbH in 2007 in Magdeburg. We named it KOfficeSource, because we believed that KOffice, which is Calligra these days, was getting ready for the big time, especially on mobile. Nokia was beginning to invest heavily into open source, Intel joining in with Moblin, the times were heady and exciting! After a bit of rough-and-tumble about the name, we renamed KOfficeSource GmbH to KO GmbH and from 2010 on, we were in business!

For a couple of years we had a great time. We ported Calligra to Maemo, Meego, Sailfish and Windows. We created half a dozen mobile versions of the core Calligra applications: viewers, editors. Along the way, we found some other customers, next to Nokia and Intel: NLNet helped with the port to Windows, SKF used Calligra in their Orpheus ball-bearing modeling tool as the report-writing component, ROSA was getting interested in the WebODF technology we had developed together with NLNet.

Our customers were happy: we really delivered amazing technology, applications with a great user experience, were good at working together with other teams and, well, basically, we always delivered. Whether it was C++, Python or Javascript, Qt, QML or HTML5.

Then things began to go awry. Even after dropping Meego, Nokia was still a customer of ours for some time, but we were doing prototype stuff in j2me for Asha phones. Not really exciting! ROSA went broke. We lost SKF as a customer when they had to reorganize to turn their development process around. Other customers had to cut down -- and we were also basically a bunch of tech nerds with no idea about doing sales: until now we never had to do sales.

Which meant that we failed to build enough of a business to sustain ourselves. We tried to expand, with Krita being an obvious choice for a mature product. But that still needed sales, and we failed at that, too.

So, from January on, I'll be no longer with KO GmbH. The Krita Foundation has taken over Krita on Steam and the support for the Krita Studio customers. We'll first release Krita 2.9, which is going to be awesome! And then, I'll be looking for work again, as a project lead or developer, freelance or with a company, on Krita or something else altogether.

by Boudewijn Rempt (boud) at December 18, 2014 10:01 AM

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Bedre ODF-støtte i Google Drive - digi.no


digi.no

Bedre ODF-støtte i Google Drive
digi.no
Til tross for mye fokus på åpen kildekode og åpne formater, så har ikke Googles nettskybaserte dokumentapplikasjoner hatt særlig god støtte for Open Document Format (ODF), som er standardformatet i blant annet OpenOffice. Blant annet har støtten for ...

December 18, 2014 09:23 AM

Google Drive: Cloud-Dienst unterstützt jetzt auch das ODF-Format - netzwelt.de


netzwelt.de

Google Drive: Cloud-Dienst unterstützt jetzt auch das ODF-Format
netzwelt.de
Überdies ist es möglich, Texte und Tabellen im ODF-Format aus Google Drive zu exportieren. Für Präsentationsdateien steht diese Option noch aus. Darüber hinaus bietet Google Drive nun auch Unterstützung für verbundene Zellen in Tabellendokumenten ...
Google erweitert Drive um ODF-SupportZDNet.de
Google bringt offizielle ODF-Unterstützung für DriveIT Magazine
Google Drive unterstützt fortan auch ODFKioskea
derStandard.at -WinFuture
all 14 news articles »

December 18, 2014 09:15 AM

December 17, 2014

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Google досрочно запустил поддержку Open Document Format в Google Drive - Nixp.Ru


Google досрочно запустил поддержку Open Document Format в Google Drive
Nixp.Ru
Согласно сообщению в Google+ — Google Drive теперь поддерживает открытые форматы ODF. Пользователи могут редактировать текстовый формат (.odt), таблицы (.ods) и презентации (.odp). Ранее в Google Drive поддержка ODF была на ...

December 17, 2014 08:46 PM

Google Drive: Online-Office bekommt ODF-Support - CHIP Online


PC-Welt

Google Drive: Online-Office bekommt ODF-Support
CHIP Online
Gänzlich neu ist die Unterstützung von ODF nicht; Textdokumente und Tabellen ließen sich bereits in der Vergangenheit mit Google Drive bearbeiten. Dabei gab es jedoch teils erhebliche Kompatibilitätsprobleme, die nun nicht mehr auftreten sollen.
Google Docs unterstützt freies OpenDocument FormatderStandard.at
Google Drive bekommt ODF-Support und Sprachsuche für AndroidPC-Welt
Google Drive unterstützt nun offiziell den OpenDocument-ImportWinFuture
IT Magazine
all 10 news articles »

December 17, 2014 08:40 PM

Google Drive importiert mehr ODF-Dateien - Heise Newsticker


PC Games

Google Drive importiert mehr ODF-Dateien
Heise Newsticker
In erster Linie dürfte Google mit dieser Ergänzung der Tatsache Rechnung tragen, dass Dateien in einem ODF-Format inzwischen eine Anforderung vieler Beschaffungsprojekte auch von öffentlichen Einrichtungen sind, beispielsweise in Frankreich, ...
Google Docs unterstützt freies OpenDocument FormatderStandard.at
Google Drive unterstützt nun offiziell den OpenDocument-ImportWinFuture

all 7 news articles »

December 17, 2014 12:16 PM

Google Drive importiert mehr ODF-Dateien - Mac & i


Google Drive importiert mehr ODF-Dateien
Mac & i
In erster Linie dürfte Google mit dieser Ergänzung der Tatsache Rechnung tragen, dass Dateien in einem ODF-Format inzwischen eine Anforderung vieler Beschaffungsprojekte auch von öffentlichen Einrichtungen sind, beispielsweise in Frankreich, ...

December 17, 2014 12:16 PM

Google Drive adds ODF support, voice search for Android, and app uploads for ... - ZDNet


​Google Drive adds ODF support, voice search for Android, and app uploads for ...
ZDNet
First up, Google has added support for three main ODF file formats. The update may give Google a better chance of bidding for work with organisations like the UK government, which from July required all office suites to support ODF, the format used by ...

and more »

December 17, 2014 11:53 AM

Google Docs unterstützt freies OpenDocument Format - derStandard.at


PC Games

Google Docs unterstützt freies OpenDocument Format
derStandard.at
Zwar war es bisher schon möglich zum Teil entsprechende Dokumente bei Google Docs zu importieren, die Kompatibilität ließ aber einiges zu wünschen übrig. Nun wird ODF 1.2 vollständig unterstützt, der Support für das ODP-Format für Präsentationen ist ...
Google Drive: Online-Office bekommt ODF-SupportCHIP Online
Google Drive unterstützt nun offiziell den OpenDocument-ImportWinFuture

all 8 news articles »

December 17, 2014 11:34 AM

Google Docs umí otevírat a převádět dokumenty ODF - Živě.cz


Google Docs umí otevírat a převádět dokumenty ODF
Živě.cz
Webová kancelář od Googlu si nově poradí i s dokumenty z rodiny ODF – Open Document Format. Ty používají především kancelářské balíky LibreOffice a OpenOffice. Google Docs je nyní umí otevřít a převést do svého nativního formátu. Podpora se týká jak ...

and more »

December 17, 2014 10:17 AM

December 16, 2014

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Google Opens Up Drive File Support By Adding ODF File Importing - Android Headlines - Android News


Google Opens Up Drive File Support By Adding ODF File Importing
Android Headlines - Android News
The new features include support for importing all three of the major ODF file formats, for files created within programs like Open Office for example. If you use Drive, you can import .odt files for documents, .ods files for spreadsheets, and .odp ...
Google's surprise: ODF support launches ahead of scheduleInfoWorld

all 4 news articles »

December 16, 2014 10:00 PM

Google's surprise: ODF support launches ahead of schedule - InfoWorld


Google's surprise: ODF support launches ahead of schedule
InfoWorld
Change tracking information, annotations, and other metadata gets lost in the import process and doesn't get exported, so for both companies, ODF is seen as a migration format rather than as a working format. That will have to change, because there's ...
Google Opens Up Drive File Support By Adding ODF File ImportingAndroid Headlines - Android News

all 4 news articles »

December 16, 2014 08:50 PM

December 15, 2014

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Google Promises Better Compatibility with Open Source Documents - The VAR Guy


Google Promises Better Compatibility with Open Source Documents
The VAR Guy
Google (GOOG) may soon be taking open OpenDocumentFormat (ODF), the native file format in virtually all modern open source word processors, like LibreOffice and OpenOffice, more seriously. That's according to a statement from Google's open source ...

December 15, 2014 12:53 AM

December 14, 2014

Planet KDE

Calligra 2.9 Beta Released

We’re pleased to present you the first beta release in 2.9 series of Calligra Suite for testing! We will focus on fixing issues including those that you’d report. All thus to make the final release of 2.9 expected in January 2015 as stable as possible!

When you update many improvements and a few new features will be installed, mostly in Kexi and Krita as well as general ones. Finally in 2.9 a new app, Calligra Gemini, appears. Read below to see why it may be of interest to you.

New Features and Improvements in This Release

New Integration: Displaying office documents in Okular

Calligra document plugin for Okular

Calligra document plugin for Okular showing a DOC file

A new plugin for Okular, KDE’s universal document viewer, enables Okular to use the Calligra office engine for displaying documents in the formats OpenDocument Text (ODT), MS Word (DOC, DOCX) and WordPerfect (WPD). It supplements the existing plugin from Calligra that gives Okular ability to display OpenDocument Presentation (ODP) and MS Powerpoint (PPT, PPTX) formats.

The Calligra office engine has been used for the default document viewers on the smartphones Nokia N9 and Jolla, the Android app COffice, and other mobile editions of Calligra. So it makes sense to also use the Calligra office engine for the document reader from KDE, coming with a UI designed for document consumption for people who want to read, but not edit office documents.

New application: Calligra Gemini

Text document edited on laptop computerThe same text document in tablet mode

The same text document edited on laptop computer and in tablet mode

Calligra Gemini debuts in 2.9, a novel application encasing word processor and presentation Calligra components can function both as a traditional desktop application used with a mouse and keyboard, and transform into a touch friendly application on the go. This changes the experience to one suitable for all-touch devices without the inconvenience of having to switch to a separate application.

Read more about story behind the app.

Kexi – Visual Database Applications Builder

Many usability improvements and bug fixes. Forms have finally been ported from Qt 3 to Qt 4.

  • General:
    • New: Simplify and automatize bug reporting; OS and Platform information is auto-selected on bugs.kde.org.
    • New: Make side panes lighter by removing frames in all styles except Oxygen
    • New: Added “Close all tabs” action to main window tabs.
    • Improve appearance of main tabbed toolbar for GTK+ and Oxygen styles. (bug 341150)
    • Improve handling permission errors on database creation. Do not allow to create a new SQLite-based .kexi file if: non-writable folder is selected, relative path is selected (unsafe), non-file path is selected (perhaps a folder).
    • Do not crash when Kexi is unable to find plugins; display message and exit.
    • Fix right-to-left user interface support in side panes.
    • Simplify “Save password” checkbox text in database connection editor and add direct what’s this button.
    • Disable ability of setting left/right sidebars floatable (like in Dolphin, improve stability)
    • Remove redundant ‘find’ action from the main toolbar. It’s already available in local context where it really works.
    • Move the ‘Export data table’ from the main toolbar to a local table and query object’s menu.
    • Improve user-visible messages.
  • Forms:
    • New: Port Kexi Forms to Qt4’s scroll area, a milestone leading to Qt5-based Kexi.
    • Improve translation support in Forms’ action selection dialog
  • Reports:
    • New: Added inline editing for labels in Report Designer.
    • New: Added “Do you want to open exported document?” question when report is exported to a Text/Spreadsheet/as Web Page.
    • Print reports in High DPI (precision). (bug 340598)

Krita – Creative Sketching & Painting App

  • New: Krita can now open multiple images in one window
  • New: Perspective transform
  • New: Liquify transform
  • New: Cage transform
  • New: Selection-shaped gradients
  • New: Several new filters
  • New: A HSV color selector
  • New: It’s now possible to edit the alpha channel separately
  • New: A new feature to split a layer into several layers by color
  • Thin line quality has been improved
  • Anti-aliasing of the transform tool has been improved
  • It’s now much easier to create masks and convert between masks and layers
  • Vector object scaling and resolution has been fixed
  • The smudge brush has been made more correct
  • Steps on the Undo history can now be merged
  • The brush preset system has been improved to make it possible to temporarily lock changes to a preset during a session
  • The G’Mic filter has been updated and there are previews now
  • Missing: Photoshop layer styles and PSD layer masks: we’re working hard on those, but they aren’t done yet. We’re working to have them ready by the end of January. The animation tool has been disabled for refactoring. In Beta 1, Sketch and Gemini have been disabled.

Calligra Words – Word Processor

Layouting has been reworked to fix many small rendering glitches. It is the first required step before more page layouting features can be added as well as dynamic page layout changes.

Try It Out

What’s Next and How to Help?

We’re approaching the era of 2.9 to be released in early 2015. It will be followed by Calligra 3.0 based on new technologies later in 2015.

You can meet us to share your thoughts or offer your support on general Calligra forums or dedicated Kexi or Krita forums. Many improvements are only possible thanks to the fact that we’re working together within the awesome community.

(some Calligra apps need new maintainers, you can become one, it’s fun!)

How and Why to Support Calligra?

Calligra apps may be totally free, but their development is costly. Power, hardware, office space, internet access, travelling for meetings – everything costs. Direct donation is the easiest and fastest way to efficiently support your favourite applications. Everyone, regardless of any degree of involvement can do so. You can choose to:

About Calligra

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December 12, 2014

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Making federal data more useful and accessible to fuel media and democracy - Journalist's Resource


Journalist's Resource

Making federal data more useful and accessible to fuel media and democracy
Journalist's Resource
It doesn't have to be in a proprietary format either (.XLS or .XLSX). Why not ODF (an open source format)? CSV files are increasingly standard, which is a good thing. While the latter can only handle data single sheets, they are accessible to all, no ...

December 12, 2014 09:01 PM

Google embraces open doc formats, US Marines choose Linux, and more - opensource.com


Google embraces open doc formats, US Marines choose Linux, and more
opensource.com
The article quotes Chris DiBona, Google's head of open source, who said "support for exporting ODS and ODT files in ODF 1.2 format (the one used by all modern suites including MS Office and LibreOffice) is now under development." A reason for this move ...

and more »

December 12, 2014 12:02 PM

Google embraces open doc formats, US Marines choose Linux, and more - opensource.com


Google embraces open doc formats, US Marines choose Linux, and more
opensource.com
The article quotes Chris DiBona, Google's head of open source, who said "support for exporting ODS and ODT files in ODF 1.2 format (the one used by all modern suites including MS Office and LibreOffice) is now under development." A reason for this move ...

and more »

December 12, 2014 12:02 PM

Planet AbiWord

Alan Horkan: OpenRaster and OpenDocument

OpenRaster is a file format for layered images. The OpenRaster specification is small and relatively easy to understand, essentially each layer is represented by a PNG image, and other information is contained written in XML and it is all contained in a Zip Archive. OpenRaster is inspired by OpenDocument.
OpenDocument is a group of different file formats, including word processing, spreadsheets, and vector drawings. The specification is huge and continues to grow. It cleverly reuses many existing standards, avoiding repeating old mistakes, and building on existing knowledge.

OpenRaster can and should reuse more from OpenDocument.



It is easy to say but putting it into practice is harder. OpenDocument is a huge standard so where to begin? I am not even talking about the OpenDocument Graphics (.odg) specifically but more generally than that. It is best that show it with an example. So I created an example OpenRaster image with some fractal designs. You can unzip this file and see that like a standard OpenRaster file it contains:


fractal.ora  
 ├ mimetype
 ├ stack.xml
 ├ data/
 │  ├ layer0.png
 │  ├ layer1.png
 │  ├ layer2.png
 │  ├ layer3.png
 │  ├ layer4.png
 │  └ layer5.png
 ├ Thumbnails/
 │  └ thumbnail.png
 └ mergedimage.png

It also unusually contains two other files manifest.xml content.xml. Despite the fact that OpenDocument is a huge standard the minimum requirements for a valid OpenDocument file comes down to just a few files. The manifest is a list of all the files contained in the archive, and content.xml is the main body of the file, and does some of the things that stack.xml does in OpenRaster (for the purposes of this example, it does many other things too). The result of these two extra files, a few kilobytes of extra XML, is that the image is both OpenRaster AND OpenDocument "compatible" too. Admittedly it is an extremely small tiny subset of OpenDocument but it allows a small intersection between the two formats. You can test it for yourself, rename the file from .ora .odg and LibreOffice can open the image.

To better demonstrate the point, I wanted to "show it with code!" I decided to modify Pinta (a Paint program written in GTK and C#) and my changes are on GitHub. The relevant file is Pinta/Pinta.Core/ImageFormats/OraFormat.cs which is the OpenRaster importer and exporter.

This is a proof of concept, it is limited and not useful to ordinary users. The point is only to show that OpenRaster could borrow more from OpenDocument. It is a small bit of compatibility that is not important by itself but being part of the larger group could be useful.

December 12, 2014 05:09 AM

December 08, 2014

Apache OpenOffice Blog

Is Google coming back to the open community on document formats? - ComputerworldUK


Is Google coming back to the open community on document formats?
ComputerworldUK
At the ODF Plugfest in London, Google's head of open source told the audience that work once once again in progress extending OpenDocument support in Google's products. At the opening of the event, Magnus Falk, deputy CTO for HM Government, told ...

December 08, 2014 05:17 PM

December 05, 2014

Apache OpenOffice Blog

LibreOffice 4.3, First Take: Still desktop-bound - ZDNet


ZDNet

LibreOffice 4.3, First Take: Still desktop-bound
ZDNet
LibreOffice continues to warn you that documents you save in the Office formats may not retain all their contents, but using its own ODF format doesn't preserve compatibility either — images in a document we saved as ODT darkened to the point of ...

December 05, 2014 02:04 AM