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  4. <title>Document Freedom Day celebrated around the world</title>
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  7. <h1>Document Freedom Day celebrated around the world</h1>
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  9. Today, activists in 37 cities around the world are raising awareness for
  10. Open Standards and open document formats. In workshops, talks and other
  11. events, they are explaining why Open Standards and Free Software are crucial
  12. to a free and competitive information society.
  13. </p>
  14. <p>
  15. "It's great to see the power of the community behind Document Freedom Day",
  16. says campaign coordinator Fernanda Weiden. "I am very proud of the effort
  17. that so many people are putting into showing the world that Open Standards
  18. and digital freedom are essential."
  19. </p>
  20. <p>
  21. The City of Munich, Germany, receives this year's European Document Freedom
  22. Day prize.
  23. "Munich shows in an exemplary manner what a large public body can achieve
  24. with Free Software and Open Standards. The LiMux project gives Munich a
  25. leading role in Europe. We hope that many others will come to share this
  26. progressive approach", says Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free Software
  27. Foundation Europe.
  28. </p>
  29. <p>
  30. Various events are taking place around the world. In Brazil, the Federal
  31. Data Processing Company - Serpro - is holding events in 10 cities. In the
  32. European Parliament, experts are discussing Open Standards as a means to
  33. guarantee access to cultural works in the long term. Groups in Argentina,
  34. Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Italy, Mexico,
  35. Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom are participating in
  36. this year’s celebration.
  37. </p>
  38. <p>
  39. Open Standards are a common language, publicly documented, that computer
  40. programs can speak. They are central to interoperability and freedom of
  41. choice in technology. Open Standards allow Free Software developers to
  42. create programs that can interoperate with other solutions, so users can
  43. migrate away from proprietary solutions.
  44. </p>
  45. <p>
  46. There is still time to join this celebration! Check for a nearby event at
  47. and participate!
  48. </p>
  49. <p>
  50. Document Freedom Day 2011 is facilitated by the Free Software Foundation
  51. Europe, and supported by campaign patrons Google and Oracle.
  52. </p>
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