SpreadsheetML News

BioIT Alliance

I haven’t spent a lot of time on the new Excel file formats, since Brian Jones is writing a blog on that subject, but I saw a story today on Brian’s blog that was interesting, so I thought I would share it with you.

Specifically, he posted a story about an industry group getting ready to take advantage of the Open XML formats for their business solutions. The newly announced BioIT alliance was formed to help connect the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, hardware, and software industries. As you can imagine, Open XML formats can play a role here.  Here is an excerpt: 

“Through the BioIT Alliance, we are working closely with Microsoft to increase data access across our instrument systems and data analysis software tools using Ecma Open Office XML,” said Catherine M. Burzik, president of Applied Biosystems. “This format enables life science companies to access data using the familiar Microsoft Office Excel(R) interface, providing them with the insight they need to make decisions more quickly.”

This is an example of how people can use the SpreadsheetML format to automatically generate data in a much richer, interactive format.  Specifically, this is a nice demonstration of how rather than just spitting out CSV files, users and organizations can now output rich spreadsheet files with charts, tables, logos, etc.

While I am at it, I thought I would point out  From their web site:  Announced March 21, 2006, the Open XML Formats Developer Group was initially founded by 40 organizations from around the world to provide a technical forum for developers who are interested in using the Ecma International-developed Office Open XML file formats.  Membership in the community is open to anyone free of charge to enable broad development with the formats, regardless of platform. Below are further details on the community’s goals, developers who are involved in working with the Office Open XML formats, and quotes about the value of the community and the formats.

The Open XML Formats Developer Group is being formed as a community for developers to exchange information with each other regarding the usage of the Ecma-developed Office Open XML file formats. The community will serve as a technical resource for Open XML developers to submit and answer technical questions and to share tools and ideas around Open XML Formats-based solutions. The Open XML Formats Developer Group is open to anyone free of charge to enable broad participation and development of solutions using the Open XML Formats on any platform. The Open XML Formats Developer Group will support the wide adoption of the specifications being created by Ecma Technical Committee 45.

Founding Community Members:

• 4 screen AG:
• Acorn Systems:
• APL2000 Inc.:
• Apple:
• Ascentn Corp.:
• atQuest Solution Pte Ltd.:
• BP:
• Blaze SSI Corp.:
• Business Engine:
• CAPITA Education Services:
• Certeon Inc.:
• Colligo Networks:
• ComponentOne LLC:
• CyberSavvy.NET LLC.:
• Document Sciences Corp.:
• Essilor International:
• Florida House of Representatives:
• Flowfinity Wireless Inc.:
• Fractal Edge Ltd.:
• i-Magination Group:
• Intel Corporation:
• InterKnowlogy LLC:
• IntelliSafe Technologies:
• IP Commerce Inc.:
• ITVT GmbH:
• Mathsoft:
• Microsoft Corp.:
• NextPage Inc.:
• NuSoft Solutions Inc.:
• OBS Services and Solutions:
• Panorama Software:
• RM Sistemas SA:
• Sonata Software Ltd.:
• SourceCode Technology Holdings Inc.:
• Spescom Software Inc.:
• The Computer Solution Company:
• Toshiba: