Policy paper

Open formats implementation plan

This plan explains how Cabinet Office and DCMS are implementing open formats for sharing and viewing government documents.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



Open formats allow government departments, their suppliers, and citizens to be able to work together without having to pay for specific software. This will mean that departments will be able to choose the applications that best meet their users’ needs without compromising their ability to work with others.

This document is the Cabinet Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport plan to implement the format and will be updated further before June 2015. This plan is being implemented across both departments as they currently share a technology function.

Published 17 March 2015