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February 27, 2008 / yolynne

Document Freedom Day

About – Document Freedom Day

Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for document liberation. It will be a day of grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general.Complementary to Software Freedom Day, we aim to have local teams all over the world organise events on the last Wednesday of March. 2008 is the first year that Document Freedom Day is being called for, and we are looking for people around the world who are willing to join the effort.

DFD’s main goals are:

  • promotion and adoption of free document formats
  • forming a global network
  • coordination of activities that happen on 26th of March,

Document Freedom Day

Once a year, we will celebrate Document Freedom Day as a global community. Between those days, DFD will be focused on facilitating community action and building awareness for issues of Document Freedom and Open Standards.

We hope that you will join the DFD community.

Open Standards – Document Freedom Day

Open Standards are essential for interoperability and freedom of choice based on the merits of different software applications. They provide freedom from data lock-in and the subsequent vendor lock-in. This makes Open Standards essential for governments, companies, organisations and individual users of information technology. While Open Standards are generally agreed upon as a very important issue and goal, the definition of “Open Standard” is still somewhat controversial.

Open Standards – Document Freedom Day

What Open Standards mean to youVisible effects of Open Standards are that you can:

  • Choose any operating system or application and still be able to read and edit all your old documents.
  • Collaborate with others regardless of which software they are using.
  • Use any software of your choice to interact with your government.

The less visible effects of Open Standards are that they lead to:

  • more competition in software, resulting in better pricing and service
  • increased competition in hardware, meaning more innovative and cost-effective solutions
  • lower taxes as a result of more effective governmental IT solutions that avoid the cost of lock-in
The first 100 teams that sign up will get
“DFD Starter Pack”

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