Massachusetts OpenDocument adoption: no conflict of interest

by Andy Oram

Three weeks ago I
about a controversy stirred up by the Boston Globe and sources in
Massachusetts about the state government's adoption of the
OpenDocument format. I'm happy to say the whole matter has blown over,
now that the facts are in.

The Globe reports today (not on the front page, but where such news is
normally reported--in the City & Region section) that a review of
IT director Peter J. Quinn is finished and that no wrong-doing was
found. The findings match the analysis I presented in my blog, with
minor updates. Quinn was told to finish the paperwork for his trips,
which his boss Eric Kriss had waived.

It's nice for the government in Massachusetts to recognize that
officials can meet with relevant experts and communities in the course
of decision-making.