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T3N: 10 Tipps für suchmaschinenoptimiertes Schreiben: Optimierung ist oftmals überschätzt. Aber bei PR-Leuten dreht sich immer viel um das Thema.

Für das Internet zu schreiben ist anders als klassischer Journalismus. Es geht nicht ausschließlich um das Gelesen-, sondern um das Gefundenwerden.

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A controversial document has been published by the European Commission DG informatics:

Inter-Institutional Committee for Informatics: Conclusions on document exchange formats following the discussion on office automation platforms

“The minimum requirement is to support XML-based revisable document formats standardised by the International Organization for Standardization, namely:
– Open Document Format for Office Applications, or ODF (ISO/IEC
26300:2006).
– Office Open XML, or OOXML (ISO/IEC 29500:2008).”

further

“2.2. As far as revisable document formats are concerned, XML-based international standards are the preferred approach. Given the fact that:
– on the one hand, OOXML is much more widely used than ODF at the moment, and this situation is not likely to evolve in the foreseeable future; and
– on the other hand, all the Institutions plan to migrate to office automation platforms which will produce XML files natively while providing 100% native support for legacy formats such as Office 2003, the preferred document exchange among the Institutions is OOXML.”

It seems to me the Commission had good reasons to keep this offensive document confidential for so long. Many persons I know are simply outraged when they think back at the OOXML standardization process.

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From today’s speech of Jerzy Buzek (EPP, PL), President of the European Parliament:

Today citizens’ ‘virtual participation’ is changing the world we live in.

Dear Friends,

Today citizens are much better connected. They are as well informed as politicians are, this brings quite a new challenge: how to ensure credibility in the decision making process? How to ensure trust for the activities of our politicians?

What can be the role of the European Parliament in this context?

Today a particular responsibility lies with the Parliament – it is not only a guarantor of the stability of the political scene, but also has the task of creating a courageous vision for Europe. Citizens expect that it will present such a vision and a new kind of European dream.

Reconnecting with citizens will help to give another, non-economic meaning to the definition of deepening and widening of Europe. Governance, free market, single currency – this is absolutely insufficient as a basis for a community. We need one more crucial factor – the most important one – Europe civic activity. As Jean Monnet said “we are not uniting states, we are uniting human beings”.

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No ACTA today

The item ACTA was deferred today, I am told:

The adoption was delayed as a result of the Dutch parliament vote on the mandate for the Dutch government being delayed. The ministers will adopt tomorrow.

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According to rumours – the process is kept clandestine – an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) would be signed at the WTO meeting this week by EU member states, Commission and Council. 14 Dec 2011, South Pole Day suites for Member States to adopt the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the Council although important legal usances are still open (which would be resolved by simply not asking the ECJ)

Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement
The Council is expected to adopt a decision authorising the signing of an anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) between the EU and Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States. ACTA is aimed at establishing an international framework to improve the enforcement of intellectual property right laws and create improved international standards for actions against large-scale infringements of intellectual property. Negotiations were concluded in November 2010.

I like their humour:

“The Council will meet at 15:00 on Wednesday to prepare the EU’s position at the WTO ministerial meeting, which will be held in Geneva on 15-17 December, with the aim of providing political guidance for the organisation’s work during 2012-13 and taking decisions related mainly to least developed countries.

100 years after Amundsen reached the South Pole in the Antartics our European member states sent ACTA on a mission to benefit the South. No, kidding?

Sure, an Medicines Sans Frontiers representative once indicated ACTA may generate some serious effects on pharmaceutical supply for their emergency operations in the least developed nations and patients’ access to retroviral drugs etc. But these effect he argued would be rather negative.

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IUWIS hat eine kluge Würdigung der Anträge geschrieben, die demnächst im Rechtsausschuss des Europaparlaments zu “verwaisten Werken” zur Abstimmung stehen. Verwaiste Werke sind ein besonderes Problem im Urheberrecht. Dabei geht es um die Werke, bei denen sich die Urheber und Rechtsinhaber nicht mehr ausfindig machen lassen. Gerade bei der Digitalisierung von Bibliotheken ist das eine wichtige Rechtsunsicherheit. Die EU-Kommission hat deshalb eine gesetzgeberische Initiative gestartet, die dabei helfen soll, zu einer Klärung zu kommen und die Rechtsicherheit zu erhöhen.

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Ein Positionspapier von CSUnet mit einigen Überraschungen. Zunächst mal, es heisst der CSUnet:

Der CSUnet hat als netzpolitischer Arbeitskreis der CSU das folgende Konzept zum 21 Themenbereich der Vorratsdatenspeicherung erarbeitet.

Am besten einmal das verlinkte Dokument durchlesen! Eins fand ich aber bemerkenswert in einem Umfeld mit dem Mantra der “Geschlossenheit”, das war der Ruf der Netzexperten der Volkspartei nach einer offenen gesellschaftlichen Deliberation über das Thema:

Der CSUnet ist der Meinung, dass die Speicherung von Daten einen so tiefen Eingriff in die Privatsphäre bedeutet, dass wir in den Diskussionsprozess um eine neue Gesetzgebung ausreichende Möglichkeiten bieten müssen, die Bevölkerung an diesem Prozess teilhaben zu lassen. Dieser Prozess muss von einem hohen Maße an Transparenz, Offenheit und Information geprägt sein.

Sachverstand auch. Ich erinnere mich noch gut daran wie in Straßburg die Vorratsdatenspeicherung beschlossen wurde unter dem Eindruck der Anschläge von Madrid, und die Abgeordneten die Brisanz der Sache kaum durchdrungen hatten. Die technischen Kompliziertheiten wurden dann erst bei dem Affenzirkus der Implementierung der EU-Richtlinie in den Mitgliedstaaten offenkundig, bzw. höchstrichterlich verdeutlicht. Kaum denkbar seinerzeit, dass ein so sperrig benanntes Technikthema so hohe allgemeinpolitische Wellen schlagen könnte.

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