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Well, I looked into it and seems you have your choice of install types including but not limited to rpm files, yum, and some CentOS repositories with specific install files.
The instructions and howto's seemed pretty straight forward on the centos site. But they do expect you to know what you are doing, and not be a beginner. You sure this is the right distro for your needs?
CentOS ships with an older version of openoffice (I think 1.x). If you want to use 2.3.1 which is currently the latest one available from the OOo site, download it from the openoffice website and use rpm to install it. Follow the steps below to install OOo
Keep in mind you can't go by version numbers with RedHat/Centos/Scientific Linux. Even though CentOS's OpenOffice is version 2.0.0 the program has all current security patches that 2.2.0 has. CentOS's Firefox is 1.5 however it is as secure as Firefox 2 it, it is only missing enhancements such as spell checker.