PREFORMA statement

To whom it may concern,

Researchers representing the University of Skövde partner in the EU FP7 PREFORMA R&D project have been fully committed to the successful use of open file formats for implementation in open source software projects which are to be provided under GPLv3+ and MPLv2+ on open platforms. Since the publication of the PREFORMA deliverable D8.8 (revision 2.1) presented a set of recommendations and identified a number of, potentially very problematic, unresolved issues we have received questions concerning how we currently assess the situation related to the identified issues. In order to clarify the communication from the University of Skövde partner in the EU FP7 PREFORMA R&D project we hereby make the following statement related to version 1.0 of the PREFORMA deliverable D8.7:

"Version 1.0 of the PREFORMA deliverable D8.7 has been sent to the final review without giving the designated reviewers from the University of Skövde partner in PREFORMA an opportunity to review and provide comments on version 1.0 of deliverable D8.7. Reviewers from the University of Skövde partner in PREFORMA have provided reviews and suggestions for drafts (on 12 December 2017 concerning version 0.6 and on 15 January 2018 concerning version 0.8) of this deliverable. The University of Skövde partner in PREFORMA disagrees with the content of version 1.0 of deliverable D8.7."

In order to further clarify the communication we also make the following statement related to version 1.0 of the PREFORMA deliverable D3.7.2:

"Version 1.0 of the PREFORMA deliverable D3.7.2 has been sent to the final review without giving the researchers from the University of Skövde partner in PREFORMA an opportunity to review and provide comments on version 1.0 of deliverable D3.7.2. The University of Skövde partner in PREFORMA has provided reviews and suggestions for drafts (on 12 December 2017 concerning version 0.5 and on 5 January 2018 concerning version 0.6) of this deliverable. The University of Skövde partner in PREFORMA disagrees with the content of version 1.0 of deliverable D3.7.2."

In conclusion, given the information that has been made available to the University of Skövde partner in the EU FP7 PREFORMA R&D project during the conduct of the project, we deeply regret to report that (after the end of the project, on 4 January 2018) we find that important issues identified in D8.8 (revision 2.1) related to file formats and licensing of software are unresolved. For details, see D8.8 (revision 2.1).

Björn Lundell and Jonas Gamalielsson,
The researchers representing the University of Skövde in the PREFORMA R&D project