The Romney administration has named a new technology adviser who will guide Massachusetts' closely watched final push to an open data format for storing electronic documents.
Louis Gutierrez, a top technology strategist at UMass Medical School, replaces Peter J. Quinn, who resigned earlier this month. Gutierrez's appointment is effective next Monday. While at UMass Medical School, he directed a team that provided technology support to the state during its effort to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees. As chief information officer of the Information Technology Division, Gutierrez will oversee the final stages of implementation to the ''OpenDocument'' data format. Gov. Mitt Romney has directed state executive offices to begin storing records in the new format by Jan. 1, 2007.
OpenDocument is proprietary-free, meaning the software code is publicly available and can be used by other developers. Massachusetts is the first state to take the step, and is being closely watched by the information technology industry and other state governments.
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