With little under three weeks until Document Freeedom Day 2014, today all hands are on deck for the year's first web sprint - a coordinated intensive effort to improve the documentfreedom.org website.
From 11.30 CET join staff and volunteers on IRC and XMPP and help translate, theme, bug hunt and edit website content, and maybe pick up some skills along the way.
On February 27th, the debut edition of Linux Voice 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!
Many thanks to Editor Graham Morrison for giving us the opportunity to let readers know about Open Standards events. We're looking forward to our paper copy arriving in the Berlin office over the coming days.
The team of Document Freedom Day translators is raring to go. Having produced 10 localised versions of the new "Introduction to Open Standards" leaflet, we now turn their attention to documentfreedom.org - the campaign website, freshly ported to Drupal.
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.
Full details on the new Prize Funding page.
"I need to want to wear these shirts" said Anna, volunteer t-shirt Project Manager. "Less geek more chic".
And so there are no giant slogans or web addresses on the first Document Freedom Day t-shirts to be printed since 2011. The message is more subtle, open to interpretation, and unlike your average campaign swag.
To understand how the river flows, you better trace its source. In our case, we've switched to publicly hosting all Document 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 pro-printing.
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 59 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.
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).
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 out.
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.
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!
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.
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 events page.
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 Standards.
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 sponsors.
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
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.
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".
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.