From 17 to 20 June South Africa's e-Documention workgroup of the Presidential National Commission on the Information Society and Development (PNC/ISAD) hosts a workshop to discuss the use of XML standards in government. The event would take place at the Tshwane University. Tshwane, better known under its colonial name Pretoria, is the executive capital of South Africa.
The event focusses on the adoption of XML standards by the public sector. The agency announced prominent speakers as Patrick Durusau, Rob Weir and Steve Pepper who were key persons in the controversial debate over OOXML and ODF standardisation. Topic maps specialist Pepper recently came to Den Haag to launch the Digistan Hague Declaration. The host nation South Africa pioneered the appeal against OOXML ISO standardisation. The agency also takes a strong role in the promotion of interoperability by the public sector with its release of the Minimum Interoperability Standards document, MIOS pdf document.
The event is sponsored by Microsoft South Africa, IBM, Sun Microsystems and the Meraka Institute.