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Document Freedom Day

Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day "to celebrate Open Standards and open document formats" [1] It is celebrated on the last Wednesday of March.[2] Document Freedom Day was first celebrated on March 26, 2008, and is organised and funded by the Free Software Foundation Europe [3] and various donors and partners which vary from year to year [4] [5] and volunteers [6]

According to Ars Technica, more than "200 groups in 60 countries" are actively involved in DFD.[7]

Relationship to Free Software

Document Freedom Day is a campaign about Open Standards and document formats, aimed at a non-technical audience. [8] Open Standards ensure communication is independent of software vendor: this in turn ensures that people can "are able to communicate and work using Free Software." [9]

Relationship to Open Standards

According to documentfreedom.org "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." [10]

Open Standards Definition for DFD

According to documentfreedom.org, Open Standards should be: [11]

  • Subject to full public assessment and use without constraints in a manner equally available to all parties;
  • Without any components or extensions that have dependencies on formats or protocols that do not meet the definition of an Open Standard themselves;
  • Free from legal or technical clauses that limit its utilisation by any party or in any business model;

managed and further developed independently of any single vendor in a process open to the equal participation of competitors and third parties;

  • Available in multiple complete implementations by competing vendors, or as a complete implementation equally available to all parties (With an "emerging standards" grace period).
  • promotion and adoption of free document formats
  • forming a global network
  • coordination of activities that happen on last Wednesday of March, Document Freedom Day[12]

In 2013 it will be held on Wednesday March 27.[13]

External links

  • http://documentfreedom.org - Official Website

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