Open Document Format (ODF): an introduction

An overview of ODF, how it works and why your organisation should use it.



The UK government has selected ODF as the standard for editable office documents to be used across government. ODF was selected as the standard for government because it:

  • allows citizens, businesses and other organisations to share and edit documents with government – and vice versa
  • allows people working in government to share and edit documents with each other
  • is compatible with a wide range of software
  • is a reliable long-term solution for storing and accessing information

This guidance gives further general information on the standard.

Published 27 March 2015