Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Document Freedom Day is Today 26 March

Today is Document Freedom Day: Roughly 200 teams from more than 60 countries worldwide are organising 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.

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 their governments.

"We are very happy about the response and activities that teams around the world have scheduled," says Ivan Jelic, DFD Coordinator. "Activities we have heard about range from local speeches and information events through 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."

The DFD team will do its best to gather all the media reports, pictures and stories around this first DFD and collect them on the DFD web page for reference and future editions of the event. If you have material about local document liberation activities, please send mail to:

Official Document Freedom Day site is h3r3

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