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OpenOffice 3.0 Beta and Metadata

The OpenOffice project has announced a first public beta of version 3.0 of the suite.

The most interesting among the list of new features from my standpoint? Easily the powerful new metadata support that will accompany the move to ODF 1.2. I spent a pretty difficult year helping move this pretty ambitious new functionality through the ODF TC at OASIS, so it’s nice to see not only that it is making it into the spec, but ODF’s most high-profile implementation.

I don’t believe the new RDF API is in this beta version, but we ought to see it soon enough I imagine. For those that might be curious, the API will just be a wrapper for Redland.

3 Comments

  1. matt says:

    hey bruce, so what does this ultimately mean for bibliogrpahic support?

    matt

  2. Bruce D'Arcus says:

    @matt: not sure, except that it will give tools like Zotero a generic, robust and extensible metadata framework. I’d like to use that to improve bibliographic support from the ground up.

    I personally don’t see much point in believing we’re going to find developers to build a complete new integrated tool. I’d rather help third-party projects improve their integration.

  3. hypotheek says:

    I love the openoffice stuff, unfortunately my university is not supporting it on the network stand alone pc’s but still.

    I tried the 3.0 beta with Dutch language version/strings from earlier versions, not working out properly. Anyone else got similar probs with non-English versions?