Document Freedom Day celebrates the importance of Open Standards for all electronic documents, whether public or private. If we want to preserve our digital heritage we all need to select Open Standards, implementable by anyone, as our default storage choice.

Jeremy Allison, Samba core developer

Open Standards garantee a free development of the infrastructure and therefore a self-determined and free communication.

Markus Beckedahl, Digitale Gesellschaft, netzpolitik.org

Open Standards lie at the heart of the Internet and much of what has emerged to function on this global and growing platform. The essence of open standards is interoperability. Adoption of open standards leads to the interworking of competitive products. By any metric, open standards lower barriers to entry into existing markets and increase consumer choice.

Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

For more than 30 years, Oracle has been a strong supporter of and participant in global standardization. Open standards enhance innovation and facilitate fair competition. By providing interoperability, open standards can help ensure consumer and customer rights to choose among vendors and products.

Don Deutsch, VP Standards Strategy and Architecture, Oracle

Over time, files that have been saved in closed formats tend to be less and less accessible to their creators. We prefer people to use modern and truly open formats like ODF whenever possible to ensure that they can continue to access and enjoy their work today and into the far future.

Chris DiBona, Open Source Manager, Google

Open standards make sense. What makes no sense is that large companies in the field still do not understand this. It is time once and for all to end the pointless nonsense of one document sent on one platform being incomprehensible to the user of another.

Stephen Fry, actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director. Image: CC BY-SA 3.0

Open standards are the strong foundation for interoperability, competition and choice. Three crucial things for an open, innovative and successful society.

Peter H. Ganten, Chairman of the board, OSB Alliance

Open document formats make sure that your valuable information doesn't turn into digital toxic waste with your next upgrade to a new software. Will the software you're using now still be around in ten years' time? If the answer is no, make sure to use Open Standards to save your data.

Karsten Gerloff, President, Free Software Foundation Europe

Culture must be free and accessible to everyone.

Margherita Hack, astrophysicistImage: CC BY-SA 2.0

Document freedom is the concept that we own our documents and we determine its usage. We all want to express our freedom and we must not depend on artificial or technical software tolls issued to restrict us from using our own document.

Olivier Hallot Chairman of ALTA (Associação Libre de Tecnologias Abertas) Founder, Board of Directors Member - The Document Foundation

The OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Committee is pleased to recognize Document Freedom 2012. ODF offers users and consumers of office documents a means to liberate their content from proprietary format constraints. Today, there are many applications supporting ODF, including OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and Calligra Suite, and more. As the open standards development organization responsible for ODF development and stewardship, OASIS is pleased to see the efforts of the Document Freedom Day team raising awareness and knowledge of the value of open standards.

Donald Harbison, Chair, OASIS OpenDocument Format Adoption Committee.

People have grown used to the idea that files can only be opened with the same program that saved it, as if it were the natural state of affairs. And it was, long ago, in the dark ages of processor- and memory-starved eight-bit computers. Today, a program that doesn't use open standards to exchange data with whichever other program you wish to use should be considered as defective as one that crashes on startup.

Federico Heinz, President, Fundación Vía Libre

I know a smart business decision when I see one - choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President, European Commission

If we want to build a freer and fairer future, we must begin opening the present, therefore it is essential to stand up for Open Standards. Open Standards offer us the necessary degree of freedom to choose the best solution to any challenge. One more piece to consider when opening knowledge globally.

Ignasi Labastida, manager of Creative Commons in Spain, chief of Office for Knowledge Dissemination in Barcelona University (UB)

You might think that the software you are using is the best. And you are most likely right, as you have undoubtedly looked around a lot before choosing it over the others. However, when one day somebody makes a better one, or the one you are using will stop getting updates, you will be glad that all of your files are in an open and freely exchangeable format. Are they?

Jozef Legény, software developer

Build so the whole world — and all of history to come — can build upon what you make.

Lawrence Lessig, Director Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, author of 'Free Culture'

Open Standards and Document Freedom are not only essential, but its importance is more visible as time passes by. From official documents and government websites to cientific archives or medical records, citizens in the digital era deal - or try to - with digital documents every day. It is crucial not only to ensure that they can easily do so, without obstacles, but also to prevent us from a dark future, by providing the right means of archival of all that information.

Marcos Marado, Vice-President of ANSOL

Open Standards have been playing a key role in the development of the software and the infrastructures which make possible today's Internet and the technological progress that we have experienced over the past years. We must go on working, since it is imperative to have new open, inclusive technologies and Open Standards available in the area of document formats.

Jordi Mas, Member of Softcatalà and free software developer

Thinking about computers Open Standards are everything: they are the bricks and the cement of the Internet, and they've proved already to be trustworthy, in a way that everyone can build upon then, and that is a value that can not be measured.

Rubens A. Menezes Souza F., historian, Operating Systems docent

True open standards are the key to deploy liberty. 'Libre' implementations of open standards - evolved in the open with every willing voice respected - are already at the heart of the new digital society and Document Freedom Day is to be welcomed as a celebration of the liberties we all need for our networked future.

Simon Phipps, President, Open Source Initiative

Seamless interoperability in document exchange formats is crucial to modern e-government. The Federal Administration has made a commitment on open document exchange formats to support a vendor independent specification for procurement and introduce a widely supported standard to the public. This is also supported by the SAGA initiative of the Federal IT Management Group.

Cornelia Rogall-Grothe, Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany

The promotion of open access to documents via the Internet is a crucial step towards a digital society. This is especially true for the state, which should provide offline information online in an open standards format, so that the information is accessible for all Internet users. In a digital democracy aka Democracy 2.0 open access to documents needs to be realised.

Jimmy Schulz, Former Member of the German Parliament.Image: Christine Olma

Everyone should be able to use, reuse and freely distribute digital documents and the data contained inside. Unfortunately closed and proprietary formats hinder our ability to enjoy these freedoms and to properly interoperate with others. In order to enable and ensure document freedom we need to use, promote and develop true open standards that come unencumbered with patent claims, and to use innovative and inclusive software and technologies.

Charles-H. Schulz, Director of the Document Foundation and Member of the Board of the OASIS Consortium

We have to overcome the time of closed systems, standards and formats to perform openess so economic, social, political and cultural participation can be guaranteed in times of digital change. Document Freedom Day reminds us, to fight for those goals in the public administration as well as in the private sector.

Malte Spitz, Member of the National Executive Committee, BÜNDNIS 90/ DIE GRÜNEN, Germany

Open standards should be obvious in today´s world where the information are the most valuable item on the market. Open standards themselfs force software companies to come up with better and better applications as they trigger competition on the market. The consumer, of course, only benefits from this.

Miroslav Tokarčík, owner of publishing house

All computer users should have the right to do their computing in freedom. Using exclusively Free formats is the first step they can take to win this right.

Tiberiu C. Turbureanu, President, Fundația Ceata

The Document Foundation was born to support software and document freedom, and the Document Freedom Day is a natural fit for the LibreOffice community of volunteers. We are involved on a daily basis in events around the world to support Open Document Format, and we are happy to contribute to the ongoing success of true open document standards.

Italo Vignoli, The Document Foundation

It is great to see so many volunteers with a passion for freedom in technology. These people care deeply about the way that software and standards affect their lives, and they are taking the initiative to make sure that others can enjoy the same freedoms as them.

Fernanda Weiden, Free Software Foundation Europe

The success of the internet is a success of Open Standards. Open Standards are promoting innovation, because it is easier to develop new products. Open Standards are adaptable and therefor support the German software industry.

Brigitte Zypries, Undersecretary of State in the German Ministry of Economics, Member of the German Parliament for Darmstadt. Image: studio kohlmeier

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