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Archive for February, 2007

Orbeon Forms 3.5 Final Released

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The final release of Orbeon Forms 3.5 is now available.

Orbeon Forms is an open source forms solution that handles the complexity of forms typical of the enterprise or government. It is delivered to standard web browsers thanks to XForms and Ajax technology, with no need for client-side software or plugins.

Orbeon Forms allows you to build fully interactive forms with features that include as-you-type validation, optional and repeated sections, always up-to-date error summaries, PDF output, full internationalization, and controls like auto-completion, tabs, dialogs, trees and menus.

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DDI 3.0 public review begins

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Version 3.0 of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) specification has just been released for public comment.

During these next two months, users can test and evaluate this new version of the DDI to provide feedback and suggestions for changes. The DDI 3 site at now has new tools, including a DDI 2 to 3 converter/viewer, as well as several markup examples that should facilitate assessment and testing of the specification. Please do take a tour of the page if you haven’t already done so and start to learn more.

To open up discussions related to DDI Version 3, you can use one of the new DDI-related forums specifically designed for this purpose — see

10th Annual Open Forum for Metadata Registries

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

The 10th Annual Open Forum for Metadata Registries will take place in New York from July 9-11, 2007. For further information, please visit

Participants will hear a mix of plenaries, case studies, implementation experiences, practical applications, research projects, and advanced development activities. The main theme of the meeting is the value added by using several standards together in applications. Too often, people become adherents to a standard, and start to believe it can solve all the world’s problems. The purpose of the conference is to show that the opposite is true. Using standards for the purpose for which they were designed and using multiple ones in appropriate ways is a more effective approach.

11th Annual Federal CASIC Workshops, March 6-8

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

The 11th Annual FedCASIC workshops will take place at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington DC from Tuesday March 6 to Thursday March 8, 2007.

The Open Data Foundation will be making a presentation on metadata and tools in the Wednesday afternoon session WP-4 on “Survey Uses of Metadata”. Other speakers for that session include Mary Vardigan from ICPSR who will talk about DDI 3.0 and Julia Lane from NORC.

For further information or registration, please visit:
user name: fedcasic
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