Press

Freedom to Read, Freedom to Write: Celebrating Document Freedom Day 2011

on:

Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) invites individuals, community groups and institutions to celebrate the Document Freedom Day (DFD) on March 30th. DFD is a global day to celebrate Open Standards and open document formats and its importance. Open Standards ensure the freedom to access your data, and the freedom to build Free Software to write and read data in specific formats.

You can participate by organizing activities in your home town. Distributing fliers, organizing talks, adding a banner on your blog, donating money: there are many ways you can help spread awareness about Open Standards.

We would like at least 25 cities to take part in Document Freedom Day 2011. Help us to make this event a global success!

For more information about the event, please have a look at documentfreedom.org.

Find out how to get involved.

Why Document Freedom Day?

An ever greater part of our communication moves into the digital world. In the digital society, Open Standards and open document formats provide us with the freedom to read and write. They are crucial to ensure our ability to exchange information, remain independent of software vendors, and keep our data accessible in the long term. Open Standards also make sure that we are able to communicate and work using Free Software.

What are Open Standards?

Open Standards are a common language that all computers can speak. They enable us to work and communicate using Free Software. They make it possible for developers to write Free Software applications that are compatible with other solutions, and allow users to migrate to Free Software solutions without losing access to their data.

What is the aim of the Campaign?

The campaign brings a message about Open Standards and document formats to a non-technical audience. Open Standards are a basic condition for freedom and choice in software. Document Freedom Day raises awareness for Open Standards and lets everyone contribute to a better information society. It's easy and fun to participate in Document Freedom Day, whether as a group or as an individual.

Document Freedom Day is coordinated by the Free Software Foundation Europe.

Contacts

Fernanda Weiden
DFD Campaign Coordinator
Vice President, Free Software Foundation Europe
Email: weiden - at - fsfeurope - dot - org
Tel. +41 76 402 1866

Loimar Vianna
DFD Campaign PR Coordinator
Email: vianna - at - fsfeurope - dot - org
Tel. +353 86 234 1911

Karsten Gerloff
President, Free Software Foundation Europe
Email: gerloff - at - fsfeurope - dot – org
Tel. +49 176 9690 4298