Document Freedom Day celebrated around the world

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Kim Tucker

Mar 30, 2011, 9:26:22 AM3/30/11
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Today, activists in 37 cities around the world are raising awareness
for Open Standards and open document formats. In workshops, talks and
other events, they are explaining why Open Standards and Free Software
are crucial to a free and competitive information society.

"It's great to see the power of the community behind Document Freedom
Day", says campaign coordinator Fernanda Weiden. "I am very proud of
the effort that so many people are putting into showing the world that
Open Standards and digital freedom are essential."

The City of Munich, Germany, receives this year's European Document
Freedom Day prize. "Munich shows in an exemplary manner what a large
public body can achieve with Free Software and Open Standards. The
LiMux project gives Munich a leading role in Europe. We hope that many
others will come to share this progressive approach", says Karsten
Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe.

Various events are taking place around the world. In Brazil, the
Federal Data Processing Company - Serpro - is holding events in 10
cities. In the European Parliament, experts are discussing Open
Standards as a means to guarantee access to cultural works in the long
term. Groups in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Greece, Germany,
Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom
are participating in this year’s celebration.

Open Standards are a common language, publicly documented, that
computer programs can speak. They are central to interoperability and
freedom of choice in technology. Open Standards allow Free Software
developers to create programs that can interoperate with other
solutions, so users can migrate away from proprietary solutions.

There is still time to join this celebration! Check for a nearby event
at and

Document Freedom Day 2011 is facilitated by the Free Software
Foundation Europe, and supported by campaign patrons Google and


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