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Open Standards were celebrated to the ends of the earth for Document Freedom Day 2014, with 51 events in 22 countries. The campaign for interoperability was enacted from Tokyo to Rio, and Birmingham to Taipei.
Over the following 24 hours Open Standards will be celebrated to the ends of the earth. The Document Freedom Day campaign for interoperability is being enacted from Tokyo to Rio, and Birmingham to Taipei. 41 Events are taking place in 18 countries so far.
The OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) has been awarded the Document Freedom Day UK Award for pioneering work on emerging standards at a ceremony in Birmingham. OSMF representatives attended the ceremony at the Friends of the Earth building, where Brian Prangle, long term OpenStreetMap contributor, received the award from Anna Morris on behalf of the Document Freedom Day campaign for Open Standards.
Look out for a new article each day by Linux Graphics Magazine next week to celebrate Document Freedom Day. The print publication uses Free Software for it's own graphics and layout, and Open Standard formats for distribution, regularly covers new tools and filetypes within it's pages.
Posters, stickers, leaflets and fliers are all
included in the free promotional packs that are
available for ordering in the Document Freedom Day
store now. With only two weeks remaining until
the day itself, now is the time to place your order.
Machinery, the development company providing commons related
services, has joined Document Freedom Day 2014 as a sponsor.
Today registration opens for Document Freedom Day 2014
events. This year the campaign day is March 26th, when people who believe in
fair access to communications technology and Open Standards will again
present, perform, and demonstrate. Event organisers can now register on the
re-launched documentfreedom.org website.
On February 27th, the debut edition of
magaine will appear in newsagents across Great Britain, with distribution
throughout Europe and the rest of the world following shortly after.
We're delighted that a half page advert for Document Freedom Day 2014
appears in this edition, on page 20!
We've published a new guide to claiming funding for
groups that are awarding a Document Freedom Day Prize this year. In a
nutshell: tell us you need money, then send us receipts. Simple.
To understand how the river flows, you better trace its
source. In our case, we've switched to publicly hosting all
Freedom Day artwork on Gitorious. That means that everyone can browse
the most up to date source files from the convenience of their web
browser, including vector graphics, and hi-res versions ready for
"I need to want to wear these
shirts" said Anna, volunteer t-shirt Project Manager. "Less geek more
For Document Freedom Day 2014, a cartoon strip explaining the concept of Open Standards will be commissioned. It will be understandable by children and adults alike and should explain the freedoms that Open Standards provide as well as why they're important to everyone.
Thanks to the hard work of local groups around the world, Document Freedom Day 2013 was larger than ever, with
60 events in 30 countries. Several of these were celebrating for the first time, including Niger, Indonesia, and the United States.
Open Standards are international by nature - they can be implemented by anyone, anywhere, and the more widely they're used, the more compatible society becomes. That's why Document Freedom Day's global reach is so important, and why it's so exciting to see it grow.
The German newspaper taz.die tageszeitung (TAZ) receives this year's Document Freedom Day award. With this award, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) honour organisations that make exemplary use of Open Standards.
In 30 countries around the world, activists are celebrating Open Standards on today's Document Freedom Day, an annual campaign to promote Open Standards. More than 50 groups are hosting events around the world, from Brussels to Nicaragua to Taiwan.
Lawrence Lessig, Director of the Safra Center for Ethics, Professor of Law at Harvard and founder of The Stanford Center for Internet and Society, has recently expressed his support for Document Freedom Day (DFD).
Today event registration opens for Document Freedom Day 2013, March 27th. Local teams can add details of their activities to DocumentFreedom.org, and have them marked on the global campaign map.
As you know, to close our 2012 edition of the
Document Freedom Day, we sent handcuffs to 100 politicians, and other public
personalities, asking them to consider the problem of the lack of use of
Open Standards, symbolised by "digital handcuffs".
Document Freedom Day 2012 was a great success!
America, Asia, Africa and Europe celebrated together
Open Standards at
54 events. It is no doubt that DFD is growing and we believe that it will be
even more successful next year. So what about having look at what happened around the world on
28th of March? And what has the Pope to do with Open Standards? Read our detailed report to find
Today 12:00 UTC marks the end of Document Freedom
Day 2012. Thank you all for your motivation and efforts to celebrate
Document Freedom Day around the globe without borders! 52 events in 24
countries were registered and together we were able to raise awareness of
Open Standards in 19 different languages! All these registered events
covered a time-span of 21 hours dedicated to information accessibility -
from Japan to Colombia.
The Free Software Foundation Europe awarded the Slovak Commission for Standardization of the Public Administration Information Systems and its working groups with the Document Freedom Award this week. The Commission was awarded for its long standing commitment and achieved results in the field of the Open Standards. The prize was presented on the occasion of Document Freedom Day, the international day of Open Standards.
There are so many things happening at the moment. We are not able to
write a news entry for each event. If you want to have up to date
information, please take a look at our microblogging account
and follow the hash-tag "dfd" on status.net or twitter. Beside that we
still receive new events all the
time. Thanks alredy to all of you!
Today marks the beginning of Document Freedom Day 2012 at 10.00 UTC, 00.00 UTC +14. The first event takes place in Nagoya, Japan's third largest city, followed by events in Yuli, Taiwan, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
This year's DFD is approaching fast, and we can already say that we
will have had a good year: More than 30 events have been registered in
South-America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. However, both we and
you could do a lot better, and there is still time to register and
organise an event. North-America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia
desperately need more events. Also, while Central Europe is well
covered, Europe's western, eastern, and northern parts could do with
additional events. To organise an event, you can gather ideas from the
highlighted events below, or take a look at our
With Document Freedom Day
up on Wednesday, FSFE is publishing an article by FSFE co-founder
Bernhard Reiter. He discusses what makes a good data format, and argues
that Open Standards are good, but that we need to push further still. His
central question to data formats is "Can we make it simpler?" The article
is currently in German, translations are welcome.
Do you know a certain politician who should really learn more about
Open Standards? Have you tried to explain the importance of Open Standards to
your boss, friends, local administration or service, but without any results?
Would support from the outside world help? Definitely! Inform our Document
Freedom Day (DFD) team about your situation and we will send a free, remarkable
gift to your contact to help them learn more about the power of Open
Európske združenie Free Software Foundation Europe, e.V., so sídlom v Berlíne udelí dňa 26.3.2012 o 9:30 na pôde Ministerstva Financií SR, slovenskej Komisii pre štandardizáciu ISVS a jej pracovným skupinám symbolickú cenu - Document Freedom Award, za ich viacročné úsilie ako aj dosiahnuté výsledky v oblasti presadzovania otvorených štandardov. Cena bude odovzdaná pri príležitosti dňa otvorených štandardov ako súčasť celosvetovej akcie Document Freedom Day 2012.
On 28th of March 2012, we will be running a campaign for document liberation - Document Freedom Day 2012. On this occasion, we would like to ask you for help in promoting its underlying idea by means of your art.
To make these plans a reality, we need your support as a
partner of Document Freedom Day 2012! Talk with your friends/regional groups,
and think about activities and events that you could organise to promote Open
Standards. We would be happy to help you with ideas, prize-giving, and finding
This year for the fourth time, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) will assign the Document Freedom Award on the 28th of March 2012. With the Document Freedom Award, the FSFE and the FFII like to honor German institutes or enterprises that made an outstanding contribution for the spread and the use of Open Standards. The Document Freedom Award is granted each year during the Document Freedom Day, the international day to celebrate the importance of Open Standards
As you might have noticed, we are currently
restructuring the website. The design was changed, as well as the front
page and we updated our contact
Today the ARD internet platform Tagesschau.de will
receive an award for the use of Open Standards at the "Document Freedom
Day". The prize is awarded by the Free Software Foundation Europe
(FSFE) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V. (FFII)
for offering the broadcasted shows also in the free video format "Ogg Theora".
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.
We are looking for coordinators all over the globe to organize local
activities! In our website you can find information about types of
activities to organize, download artwork to print fliers, t-shirts,
flags, and stickers.
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.