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<title>Free software as a World Cultural Heritage: action at LSM 2002</title>
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<p>
<a href="http://lsm.abul.org">Libre Software Meeting</a> and
our working group sent an <a href="UnescoInvitation.pdf">invitation</a> to the
UNESCO Director General, M. Koïchiro Matsuura, to present the Free Software
community and give him copies of some of our work
(The <a href="http://www.abuledu.org">AbulEdu</a>,
<a href="http://www.debian.org">Debian</a> and
<a href="http://www.gnu.org">GNU</a> projects to be more precise).
</p><p>
We got an answer from Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO
Communication and information department, telling us the Director General
wasn't available at this date
(<a href="UnescoAnswer.pdf">answer in digital version</a> and
<a href="UnescoAnswer.jpg">snail mail scan</a>). So UNESCO was
represented by M. Abdoulaye Diakité.
</p><p>
<em>"UNESCO has always supported the extension and dissemination of human
knowledge and recognizes that, in the domain of software, Free Software
disseminates human knowledge in a way proprietary software cannot do.
UNESCO recognizes also that the development of Free Software encourages
solidarity, collaboration and voluntary community work amongst programmers
and computer users."</em>
</p><p>
A round table took place with the participation of Anne Ostergaard from
<a href="http://www.sslug.dk/">SSLUG (Denmark)</a>, Philippe Aigrain
from the European Commission, Abdoulaye Diakité from UNESCO, François
Pellegrini from <a href="http://abul.org">ABUL</a> as chairman and
Benoît Sibaud, coordinator for our project on the scene, as well as many
LSM participants in the audience. Sébastien Blondeel acted as translator.
</p><p>
Round table pictures:
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<p>
Jean Peyratout gave M. Diakité copies of French
distributions <a href="http://abuledu.org">AbulEdu</a> and
<a href="http://logiciels-libres-cndp.ac-versailles.fr/distribution.html">
Debian Éducation</a> for education, Loïc Dachary a
<a href="http://www.debian.org">Debian</a> CDROM set and Richard
Stallman a copy of the <a href="http://www.gnu.org">GNU</a> project.
</p><p>
CDROM gifts pictures:
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<a href="Unesco-Debian2.jpg">
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<a href="Unesco-GNU.jpg">
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<p>
Then Benoît Sibaud did a presentation of our working group, its objectives
and progress. <a href="slides/plan">Slides "Libre software, Patrimony
of mankind in English"</a>.
</p><p>
Presentation pictures:
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<p>
The presentation was followed by a speech from Mr Diakité and a discussion
about Free Software and World Heritage.
</p><p>
LSM organisation (thanks to Alix Guillard) produced a
<a href="press-release.html">press release</a>.
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</p><p>
Mr Diakité official report is available on the
<a href="http://www.unesco.org/cgi-bin/webworld/portal_freesoft/jump.cgi?ID=417">UNESCO free software portal</a>.
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