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  4. <title>Liberate your documents!</title>
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  7. <h1>Liberate your documents!</h1>
  8. <h2>Document Freedom Day 2010</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">
  10. Today is Document Freedom Day 2010. For the third time, groups all over
  11. the world are celebrating open document formats and Open Standards. They
  12. are raising awareness for how a technical issue impacts our day- to-day
  13. lives.
  14. </p>
  15. <p>
  16. Activities are taking place in many countries. In Germany and Austria,
  17. radio stations are receiving awards for offering streams in the open Ogg
  18. Vorbis format. In Slovenia, the country's highest court is commended for
  19. its use of the ODF format for text documents.
  20. </p>
  21. <p>
  22. In Romania, activists have been busy pointing out to public
  23. administrations that "I can't read your documents". In Johannesburg, South
  24. Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture will hold a celebration to mark
  25. DFD. In the Brazilian city of Vitoria, the group Espirito Livre is
  26. organising a conference on Free Software and Open Standards.
  27. </p>
  28. <p>
  29. Document Freedom Day coordinator Fernanda Weiden says: "It is great to see
  30. so many volunteers with a passion for freedom in technology. These people
  31. care deeply about the way that software and standards affect their lives,
  32. and they are taking the initiative to make sure that others can enjoy the
  33. same freedoms as them."
  34. </p>
  35. <p>
  36. Computer users, companies and public administrations are storing huge
  37. amounts of information in electronic form. If this happens in a format
  38. that can only be read by software from a single vendor, the information
  39. will eventually be lost.
  40. </p>
  41. <p>
  42. Open Standards, such as ODF for office documents or Ogg Vorbis for music,
  43. can be read and written with many different applications. They give users
  44. freedom of choice, since they work on any application on any platform or
  45. operating system.
  46. </p>
  47. <p>
  48. "Open document formats make sure that your valuable information doesn't
  49. turn into digital toxic waste with your next upgrade to a new software",
  50. says Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe.
  51. "Whether it's your personal emails or your pension records in a government
  52. agency, it's important to think ahead. Will the software you're using now
  53. still be around in ten years' time? If the answer is no, make sure that
  54. your data is saved according to Open Standards."
  55. </p>
  56. <p>
  57. The DFD team will gather information and reports from this year's
  58. activities, organise them and publish them on the DFD web pages.
  59. </p>
  60. <ul>
  61. <li><a href="">Document Freedom Day campaign
  62. page<br /></a></li>
  63. <li><a href="">List of
  64. participating groups</a></li>
  65. <li><a href="">German,
  66. Austrian Radio stations honoured for their use of Ogg Vorbis</a></li>
  67. <li>Document Freedom Day 2010 is coordinated by <a
  68. href="">Free Software Foundation Europe</a>. Participation
  69. is open to everyone, and groups are organising events independently.</li>
  70. </ul>
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