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World’s first Document Freedom Day
Document freedom is about giving you control of your information. It is about freedom of choice. On Document Freedom Day, around 200 teams from worldwide will raise awareness about free document formats and open standards.
MARCH 26 (THURSDAY) was Document Freedom Day (DFD): Roughly 200 teams from more than 60 countries worldwide organised local activities to raise awareness for document freedom and open standards. To support the initiatives surrounding the first day to celebrate document liberation, DFD starter packs containing a DFD flag, t-shirts and leaflets have been sent to the first 100 registered teams over the past weeks.
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In a world where records are increasingly kept in electronic form, open standards are crucial for valuable information to outlive the application in which it was initially generated. The question of document freedom has severe repercussions for freedom of choice, competition, markets and the sovereignty of countries and its governments.
 
“We are very happy about the response and activities that teams around the world have scheduled,” said Ivan Jelic, DFD coordinator. “Activities we have heard about range from local speeches and information events to prizes being given to governmental bodies that adopted good policies in the field of document freedom and open standards. It will be a challenge to document everything that is taking place today,” added Jelic.
 
“Who controls your valuable information? This question has become central for the distribution of power and wealth in the networked society,” explained Georg Greve, president, Free Software Foundations Europe (FSFE). “Document freedom is about giving you control of your information, it is about giving governments control of its public records, and it is about freedom of choice. You can give yourself that freedom today by switching to one of the many free software applications that support the Open Document Format (ODF) and that runs on many different platforms,” shared Greve.
 
A list of free software applications that support ODF is available at: http://documentfreedom.org/Applications
 
Greve concluded, “Along with many others around the world, FSFE’s teams in several countries will be spending the day distributing information about open standards and document freedom. My greetings and gratitude go to everyone participating in this global effort, particularly FSFE’s young Serbian team, which did the main work on DFD regardless of a very difficult local situation.”
 
How you can get active:
The Document Freedom Day is a collaborative effort. You can make a difference by linking to http://documentfreedom.org, generate your own artworks or use the ones available at http://documentfreedom.org/Artwork.
 
You could also print out some of the DFD leaflets at http://www.documentfreedom.org/2008/DFD_Starter_Pack#Leaflet and give those to your co-workers, family or friends. And if you feel creative, consider taking pictures or small video testimonials that show the world what document freedom means to you!
 
About the Document Freedom Day
The DFD is a global day for document liberation with roughly 200 active teams worldwide. It is a day of grassroots efforts around the world to promote and build awareness for the relevance of free document formats in particular and open standards in general.
 
Document Freedom Day is supported by a large group of organisations and individuals including, but not limited to, Ars Aperta, COSS, Esoma, Free Software Foundations Europe and Latin America, IBM, NLnet, ODF Alliance, OpenForum Europe, OSL, iMatix, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Inc, The Open Learning Centre, Opentia, Estandares Abiertos.
 
The list of DFD supporting groups can be found at:
http://documentfreedom.org/Who
 
The list of DFD teams is available at:
http://documentfreedom.org/Category:Teams
 
About the Free Software Foundation Europe
The FSFE is a non-profit non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and involved in many global activities. Access to software determines participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in the information age as well as freedom of competition, the FSFE pursues this aim and is dedicated to the furthering of free software defined by the freedoms to use, study, modify and copy.
 
Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues, securing free software politically and legally, and giving people freedom by supporting development of free software are central issues of the FSFE. For more information, please log in at http://fsfeurope.org.
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