• Standard Interchange Format Initiative

last modified May 30, 2017 by strypey

A global campaign to increase development and adoption of standards for export and import of user data, between as many different applications and types of software as possible. Existing examples include the OpenDocument format for office documents, and Xiph formats for audio and video files (Ogg, Opus, Vorbis, FLAC, Theora)The rationale for this is explained in The Case for Open Standards, put together by the NZ Open Source Society.

Examples of potential areas for the development of new export/ import formats include a standard wiki format, for example enabling a user to one-click export the entire contents of a MediaWiki instance, and import it into a different wikiserver software, with all formatting and links successfully translated into the wiki syntax of the new software.