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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 "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, 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

  • - Official Website


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