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OrganisationSecureODF
Inserted:2014-11-01
Project TitleSecure Open Document Format Profile
H2020 Topic ListNot specified yet
Role within the Consortium* Project Coordinator
Type of activity* Technology development
* Research
* Commercialisation
* Demonstration
Project DescriptionProblem:
Common document formats for sharing information and collaboration between different organisations are
designed to be featureful, not secure.
Document borne malware is a significant problem for organisations working with sensitive information or
undertaking critical infrastructure functions.
Typical solutions are best effort anti-malware which offer no guarantees, leaving the most careful organisations
unable to collaborate efficiently.

Proposal:
The development of a secure profile of the existing Open Document Format which, by design, enables security
guarantees to be made.
Open Document Format (ODF) is supported by the EU and increasingly governments, including the UK
Government, as the preferred open standard to support interoperability and digital agendas.
The resultant secure ODF profile would work with existing software which supports ODF (Microsoft, LibreOffice,
Google, others) as a design goal.

Investment is sough to:
* research the security objectives and resultant constraints for open document formats
* development of a document profile specification
* a reference implementation of a validator
* resources allowing, export filters for common office software

These products will be open source, available under open terms of use.