Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Celebrate Open Standards - Document Freedom Day - 27 March 2013 - The Starting Of Revolution Of Ideas Is Happening All Over the World

Upcoming Events

El día 27 de Marzo se celebrara el Día de la Libertar del Documentos, como el evento internacional cae en Semana Santa les invitamos a compartir una tarde promoviendo el uso de formatos y licencias libres en el Centro Cultural Quilombo.

  • 7:30 a 8:00 Registro de participantes
  • 8:00 a 08:30 Palabras de bienvenida
  • 08:30 a 9:15 Introduccion LibreOffice / Jhuliana Delgado (LibreOffice-ve)
  • 09:15 a 9:45 Llovizna / Pablo Bacoros (Pinguino VE)
  • 09:45 a 11:30 Lo nuevo de LibreOffice 4.0 / Jhuliana Delgado (LibreOffice-ve)
  • 11:30 a 12:00 Introduccion al sistema operativo Android / Javier Rojas (GuayanaLUG)
  • 01:30 a 2:15 LibreOffice & Androi / Jhuliana Delgado (LibreOffice-ve)
  • 02:20 a 3:00 FireFoxOS / Mario Camacho (Mozilla Corp.)
  • 03:10 a 3:50 Presentaciones Efectivas / Christian lanza (Group Service)
Fundația Ceata is organizing in the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE) an event to celebrate the Document Freedom Day. Participation is gratis, does not require registration and is open to everyone (it's not limited to university students and members).
The schedule will consist of talks on the free formats HTML5, WebM, OGG, ODF, SVG and XFC and the Free Software which use them.
This event is supported by lecturer Alexandru Gavriș.
FSUGItalia is arrived the sixth edition of the DFD for this year and wanted to prepare, in collaboration with the High School Francesco Redi of Arezzo, a special day.
During the last few months the staff of FSUGItalia has taught to school students how to make their DFD, working on various aspects of the practical and ethical, free software, and instructing them on how to make an event.
Although the event is organized and managed by FSUGItalia, the protagonists of the day will be just the students and of course, open standards and free software.

Dia da Liberdade Documental in Lisbon, Portugal

24 March to 27 March 2013 organized by ANSOL
This year's Document Freedom Celebration in Lisbon is going to be included in the "youth week" festivities in Benfica. With two days for celebrating Document Freedom, in the first we'll have an hackfest and presentations - with the presence of several political parties, and the other one with free culture concerts.
O SINDPD-RJ sediará o primeiro Document Freedom Day no auditório localizado à Av. Presidente Vargas, 502 – 12o. andar
EPFSUG members and supporters will meet during lunch break and discuss issues relating to document freedom in general and in particular in the context of the European Parliament
Open Labs Albania

Document Freedom Day @ Open Labs in Tirana, Albania

27 March 2013 organized by Open Labs Albania
Celebrating information accessibility and raising awareness of Open Standards for the first time in Albania. At Open Labs we are going to introduce:
  • what is Document Freedom (presentation/talk)
  • the importance of open standards for documents (talk)
  • software that supports and promotes Document Freedom

Document Freedom Day, Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal

27 March 2013 organized by OKFN Nepal
Document Freedom Day will be celebrated at Amrit Campus, with activities as:
  • Presentation on Open Data and Document Freedom Day
  • Presentation on Open Source Software and Tools
  • Demonstration of Some Open Source Tools
  • Open Talkies
Fundacja Aegis

Dzień Otwartej Dokumentacji in Szczecin, Poland

27 March to 02 April 2013 organized by Fundacja Aegis
Workshop with the local community, administration and IT companies on the issue of opening public data (place: Hackerspace Szczecin in Technopark Pomerania).

DFD Information Desk in Vienna, Austria

27 March 2013 organized by FSFE Fellowship Vienna
We will make an Information stall in the pedestrian zone of the city center of Vienna. We will be there from 10am until 7pm. We will spread leaflets and discs with free software distributions.

ALIS Docuement Freedom Day in Tiznit, Maroc

27 March 2013 organized by ALIS
Journée de sensibilisation à l'importance des documents aux formats libres.

Freedom and Art Workshops presentation in Berlin, Germany

27 March 2013 organized by AFAW
From the end of February we have been conducting Freedom and Art Workshops in Berlin. We are using Free Software to make Artwork for DFD. The people who are attending our workshops are mostly beginners or artists who know almost nothing about Free Software or Open Standards. Through the workshops we are raising their awareness about Open Standards and creating promotion material which can be used next year. On March 27, we will present our work and release it.
We'd like to pin Turkey on world map, as a country for Free Documents. Join this adventure!
Embedded Scientific Club

Free and Open Source Software day in Algeria

27 March 2013 organized by Embedded Scientific Club
I will talk about open standards, open source licenses and document freedom at this event.

Document Freedom Day in Berlin, Germany

27 March 2013 organized by BeLUG
There will be talks on Open Standards in general, also informing about the most prominent particular media-formats and food will be served too.
Charla informativa en la Universidad Nacional de Misiones acerca de los estándares abiertos.

Document Freedom Day for ALUG in Kumasi, Ghana

27 March 2013 organized by Ashanti Linux Users Group
  • Hackfest
  • Video Show
  • Talk Show
  • Exhibition

Document Freedom Day event in Çanakkale, Türkiye

27 March 2013 organized by kripton
Belge Özgürlüğü Günü'nü bu yıl da Çanakkale'de kutlayacağız. Hafta içi olduğundan bir akşam yemeğinde toplanırız muhtemelen. Nerede olacağını bir facebook etkinliği ile paylaşırız.

HRVA LocalWiki Document Freedom Day in Virginia Beach, USA

27 March 2013 organized by Code for Hampton Roads - A Code for America Brigade
Code for Hampton Roads regular meetup/hack night will be focused on populating the newly released HRVA LocalWiki with relevant data.
On DFD, we will celebrate it in İzmir in a scientific event that Tübitak organized (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) which many high school students and teachers will attend to.
We will deliver leaflets to attendants (students and teachers) and mention about importance of document freedom and open standards.

Free Information at XinZhuang, New Taipei City in LE105, Fu Jen Catholic University

27 March 2013 organized by freeinformation4library
Anthony Mao, a free information facilitator at Fu Jen Catholic University, will give a lecture at LE 105 13:40-13:30 in that University.

Document Freedom Workshop 2013 in Kolkata, India

27 March 2013 organized by ILUG-Cal
We intend to organize a workshop with sessions on advocacy related issues and development. The exact location, collaborations and program will be notified soon.

Workshop on the intellectual property and open standards in Brno, Czech Republic

27 March 2013 organized by Ústav práva a technologií
The event is organised as a workshop - it will be aimed on the intellectual property law, open licenses and open standards and usability of them on the governmental level.
There will be at least 2 talks on these topics which will be held by law school teachers and managers from the FOSS sector.
Algumas palestras sobre padrões abertos e software livre.

DFD Slovenija 2013 in Slovenija

27 March 2013 organized by Fellowship Slovenia
We will meet in Ljubljana's most famous hackerspace Kiberpipa. We are going to socialize, provide giveaways related to DFD and drink a beer or two.
We are also sending a letter to Slovenian media companies, encouraging them to start using exclusively free technologies and formats for distribution of their digital content.

Documentos al viento in Bogotá, Colombia

27 March 2013 organized by GLUD
Some talks about open document (in spanish).
  1. Open standars
  2. Open tools
  3. The concept of freedom
  4. Open Document Management Systems
  5. DFD Celebration

Data jam in Zurich, Switzerland

27 March 2013 organized by Dock18
Open Music & Data Jam at Dock18 with Michaelmusic. Bring your free data, instruments & software to participate in visual & accoustic jam. Bar Beta open.
Celebrating information accessibility and raising awareness of Open Standards for the first time in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. At our Training centre we are going to introduce:
  • what is Document Freedom (talk)
  • the importance of open standards for documents (talk)
  • software that supports and promotes Document Freedom

Ciclo de Palestras in São José, Brazil

This day, occur in the School technical Senai, in the city of São José, in the State of Santa Catarina, various presentation of students in the 3 periods, morning, evening and night. The presentatios about: LibreOffice, ODF, Law of ODF, Programming in the LibreOffice and licensing of Creative Commons.
El día 27 de Marzo se celebra el día de la libertad del documento. Como esta fecha corresponde a la semana santa proponemos hacer una campaña virtual de promoción de formatos libres. Los invitamos a unirse a los eventos en las redes sociales y a compartir por medio digitales promocionales sobre el uso de formatos libres. Formas de Colaborar: Añade a tu firma de correo electrónico una viñeta mencionando que tu usas formatos libres. Pon en tu blog un banner sobre formatos libres. Comparte con tus contactos información sobre formatos libres. Escribe un articulo sobre formatos libres

Document Freedom Day Almeriense in Almería, España

27 March 2013 organized by
Organizar en encuentro con ponencias y/o mesa redonda acerca del uso de estándares para la documentación, alternativas ofimáticas libres,e tc.
Kelompok Studi Linux Universitas Budi Luhur

Document Freedom Day 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia

30 March 2013 organized by Kelompok Studi Linux Universitas Budi Luhur
kami akan mengadakan acara ini dikampus Universitas Budi Luhur Jakarta. dalam acara ini kami ingin memperkenalkan lebih jauh tentang Open Standard atau format file yang bersifat Open Standard yang bisa dibuka di berbagai platform Sistem Operasi dan bisa diwariskan kepada generasi yang akan datang.

Niger Document Freedom Day in Tahoua, Niger

30 March 2013 organized by ANUL
We will have a conference about Opens Standards at the Tahoua University of the Republic of Niger.
Linux for Open Minds

Libres...tal y como nacímos!!!

30 March 2013 organized by Linux for Open Minds
Nuestra Misión: Impulsar el conocimiento del software libre en nuestra comunidad universitaria
Nuestra Visión: Generar plataformas diseñadas en software libre, impulsadas por el crecimiento intelectual de la comunidad universitaria
Nuestro Objetivo: Tener una academia de software libre, capaz de desarrollar soluciones a nivel académico y empresarial
Actividades del evento:
  • Que es GNU
  • Exposicion/Conferencia Que es el Documento Libre
  • Conferencia Importancia del Software Libre
  • Conferencia Coffee Break
  • Instalación
  • Practica de Laboratorios Taller de Casos Practicos
  • Foro de Discusion
Tal evento será realizado en las instalaciones de nuestra universidad
The event is organised as a debate. Will address the following topics:
  • Open Format and Standards
  • Suite Office (LibreOffice)
  • Licenses for documents (GNU FDL, CC)
  • Obstacles to the diffusion of open culture in public administrations

Document Freedom Day Cartagena 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia

03 April 2013 organized by SISLA
The Document Freedom Day - Cartagena 2013 will be celebrated at Tecnologico Comfenalco Campus, with activities as:
  • Talks
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Others
Dar a conocer el uso de estándares abiertos en los documentos, Talleres de LibreOffice Writer, Calc e Impress,etc Instalaciones, demostraciones. Rifas, etc
Lugar de actos: Complejo Cultural Simón Bolivar", Calle Eloy Blanco al Frente de C.C Conersa Center y al lado de comendor popular, El Tigrito, Estado Anzoategui - Venezuela

Past Events

Open lecture "Open Standards in Information Technologies and Document Formats" for information technologies students and other interested persons.
Conference by prof. Fareh Abdelhak about the open standards and the Creative Commons licenses at Dr. Yahia Fares University of Medea, Algeria.

DFD 2012 @ Kiberpipa in Ljubljana, Slovenija

03 April 2012
We will gather on the 3rd of April at 18:00 in Kiberpipa to celebrate the DFD with having talks about:
  • the awesome open format that made the web happen — HTML (more specifically its version 5)
  • open video formats
  • have a conference call (via an open-standard protocol, of course) with Florian Effenberger (head of the Document Foundation)
This year we will give the prize to the urban cultural centre Kino Šiška for making their recordings available in Ogg/Theora.
After that there will be a merry social gathering and debate over snacks and drinks.
So, if you're near Ljubljana on the 3rd of April, you're welcome to drop by Kiberpipa and share the love for document freedom!
At the 31st of March, starting at 8:00, will happen the Document Freedom Day - Puerto La Cruz 2012 at Oriente University, to promote the use of Open Standards on documents, with:
  • Talks (What are Open Standards and why it is important to use them for documents)
  • Workshops (Use of LibreOffice Writer, Calc and Impress)
  • Installations (LibreOffice)
On March 31th, an event will take place in the city of Arezzo, Italy. FSFE will award the City administration of the Tuscan town with the "Italian DFD Prize 2012", to reward the adoption of Open Standards within the administration services and their communications with the citizens. Carlo Piana will give a talk for the occasion. This event will be organised by FSUGItalia in cooperation with FSFE.
Groupimage with scanner
At Cairo hackerspace we planned to build a diy book scanner to give it to the Wikipedia Arabic content teams. So we find this a good chance to support the Document Freedom Day too.
We will celebrate DFD 2012 at Cairo Hackerspace by building the diy book scanner and talks explaining document freedom and open source in general. The invitation is open and free for anyone who want to help building the scanner or have other ideas like giving some related talks or workshops.
We will start with talks about OpenDocument, LibreOffice and LaTeX at 2pm. Afterwards we will have a celebration with specially prepared DFD cake. :-)
Talking about the adoption of PDF in Municipal, State and Federal Government levels.
Our event is starting 2012-03-28 at 11:00 in Saratov State Technical University

  • Day, Date: Wednesday, 28th of March 2012
  • Time: 09.00 - 12.00 WIB
  • Location: Budi Luhur University
The Program Agenda of Interactive Seminar is as following:
  • 09.00 - 09.05: Opening Agenda
  • 09.05 - 09.15: Speech from Deputi Rektor III Universitas Budi Luhur, Ir. Hari Soetanto, M. Sc.
  • 09.15 - 10.45: Interactive Seminar by Achmad Solichin, S.Kom.M.T.I.
  • 10.45 - 12.00: Workshop by Yuliazmi, M.Kom
  • 12.00 - 12.10: Closing Agenda
For the participants who would like to make online registration please visit our website:
During the Document Freedom Day 2012 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, there will be:
  • Talks
  • Workshops
  • Demonstration of the potentials of the new version of LibreOffice Suite (3.5)
  • Installation of LibreOffice (3.5) for various Operating Systems (Linux preferably)
In addition to the above mentioned, the main focus is on supporting Open Standards for Documents, to show its advantages and easiness to use.
We are planning 4 lectures about ODF, LibreOffice and other offices.
The annual Document Freedom Day is again celebrated on March 28, 2012. Its target is to point out the importance and the possibilities of free and open formats. That's why we want to set a 'Document Freedom Day Countdown' in this week, where we are going to introduce a new application every day that is well known for its support of open formats and inter-operability.
We have a small salon party celebrating Document Freedom Day 2012, sharing thoughts about the open standard and the current progress of the open document format.
On the occasion of the Document Freedom Day, Konstantin von Notz and Nicole Maisch - both members of the German Parliament - asked a so called "Kleine Anfrage" to the German federal government in promotion of FSFE's PDFreaders campaign: “Werbung für proprietäre Software auf Seiten von Bundesministerien und der öffentlichen Verwaltung”. A "Kleine Anfrage" is a questionnaire, that must be answered and the German federal government now has responded. The questioner are happy for every helping hand to evaluate the given answers. (german-only)
The Grüne parliamentary group in Berlin will award the city of Vienna for using Open Standards in all their publications. Therefore, Dr. Ralph Schneider, Austrian ambassador, will serve as a representative of the Austrian capital.
The event takes place at the embassy of Austria in Berlin, beginning at 10 am. Stefan Gelbhaar, Vice-Chairman of the Grüne parliamentary group in Berlin, will be present, as well as Thomas Birk, member of the Parliaments. After introductive words and talks, together they will hand over a DFD-cake to Mr. Schneider.
The event is open for public, but needs registration beforehand, as it is inside the embassy.
ANSOL celebrates DFD every year, and 2012 is no exception. This year we'll be busy on the date with communicating with the political powers in an effort to make them understand why it is urgent for them to implement the already existing Portuguese laws regarding Open Formats. But we still want to enable everyone to celebrate, so we're organizing a dinner party on the date, come and join us!
There will be talks about document freedom all day. If you would like to visit this event, please register
  • 10:00 to 10:30 - Ceremony
  • 10:30 to 11:15 - Lecture: Interoperability and freedom documents
  • 11:15 to 12:00 - Lecture: What is ODF?
  • 12:00 to 13:00 - Lunch
  • 13:15 to 14:15 - Lecture: Migrating to ODF without trauma
  • 14:30 to 16:30 - Lecture: Demonstration of LibreOffice
  • 10:00 a.m. - Distributing Flyers
  • 12:00 a.m. - Talk: "Que es ODF?"
  • 12:30 p.m. - Demonstrating LibreOffice
  • 02:00 p.m. - Talk: "Que es ODF?"
  • 02:30 p.m. - Demonstrating LibreOffice
  • 06:00 p.m. - Conversation about Open Standards for documents
During the day there will be a video presented in the internal channel IPTV of the Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas.
Op woensdag 28 maart 2012 organiseert Document Freedom Day Nederland in de Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) in Den Haag, de vierde Nederlandse editie van Document Freedom Day! Dit in navolging van Document Freedom Day 2011, 2010 en 2009. Met presentaties over open dokumentformaten, open standaarden en toepassingen die daarmee overweg kunnen.
Het thema van dit jaar is "Terug naar de Toekomst" De editie van 2012 zal dan ook, in navolging van 2011, worden gekenmerkt door een sterke inbreng vanuit de erfgoedsector. De openheid van informatie en het gebruik van open formaten is in deze sector van het allergrootste belang – in het zicht van brede beschikbaarstelling, openbaarheid van informatie en duurzame toegang.
We will give a 15min talk and presentation at a local University, give brochures to the two libraries of the city and maybe have a small booth at central square which is unclear yet.
FreieSoftwareOG will have an information booth in the local public library, to inform people about Open Standards and Free Software. will be hosting an event about Document Freedom to raise awareness on the local foss crowd.
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Opening talk by Nikos Rousos and Pierros Papadeas on Document Freedom and the landscape out there.
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Q&A and general discussion on licenses and best practices.
Our event will be 2012-03-28 at 15.30 in 207b auditorium 10th block of Computer Science Faculty of Omsk State University located at Groznenskaya st. 11.
Our event is in support of the knowledge about the use of Open Standards in documents and showing its advantages while showing disadvantages in the use of other office suites. We will do installations on the computers of attendees, who wish to do so. We will also deliver a CD / DVD for installation, which does include information material about the application.
The OpenTapajós Software Livre community is promoting Document Freedom Day 2012, in Santarém – PA. The event will happen in the 28th of March 2012, at 18:30, on IFPA – Campus Santarém, which is on Av. Marechal Castelo Branco, 621, Soledade.
  • 18:30 – Opening and FASOL 4.0 release.
  • 19:00 – Talk 1: Open Standards and documents.
  • 19:45 – Talk 2: ODF Law, new prespectives, emancipation and document freedom: a proposal.
  • 20:30 – Round Table: Open Standards adoption in Higher Education Institutions.
  • 22:00 – Closing
The event is open to everyone, gratis.
This year's Document Freedom Day we will have the following activities:
  • Installation of LibreOffice
  • Lectures on open formats and standards
  • Document management with applications which support open formats and standards
  • Case Studies on the use of free office using the format ODF
  • Celebration of Document Freedom Day 2012
Michael Kesper (member of german country team of FSFE) will give an introductory talk with following discussion to the workgroup "media and net policies" of Junge Union NRW in Düsseldorf.
This is the third of three events organised by Ubuntu-ve.
On the day 28th of March, celebration of DFD will be taking place at the Liceo Francisco Isnardi of Maturin, Venezuela. There will be talks about using Open Standards for:
  • Students from different universities
  • Staff of the State government agencies
  • Community and Free Software enthusiasts
This event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
We will distribute posters in the public library of Scandiano. See a preview of the poster
Andrew Lee, a well-known Debian Developer and citizen of Yuli, will give a talk in Our老房子咖啡屋 which is located in Yuli, south of Hualien in eastern Taiwan.
Talk Programme on Document Freedom Day. Participants will be Policy Makers, Politicians, Social Workers, Library Professionals and General Public. The speaker will be Mr. Bhim Dhoj Shrestha, Faculty Member, Central Department of Library and Information Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Series of different events promoting open standards and giving Polish DFD Prize 2012.
Members of the European Parliament and the Greens/EFA group Malika Benarab-Attou, Sandrine Bélier, Christian Engström, and Judith Sargentini are hosting a Document Freedom Day event with the title "Open Standards in the eBook market". Speakers include representatives from the European Commission, FSFE, April, Calibre, Communia, and Bookeen. Please register here to attend.
We will be giving some lectures on LibreOffice and ods with additional drinks and cookies :D
MisolEscuelas Libres

Document Freedom Day in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina

28 March 2012 organized by Misol, Escuelas Libres
several talks, about 20 minutes each with a stage play at the end
  • what is DFD?
  • Open Standards at work and everyday life
  • sound and video, beyond MPx
  • Open Standars on the web
There are several organizations behind this event: Escuelas Libres, Libertics and Misol.

Document Freedom Day 2012 - Linux Team Kastorias in Kastoria, Greece

28 March 2012
28 March 2012 The event will take place on March 28, 2012, in Kastoria. We will have an information booth at a local University with brochures to inform people about Open Standards and Free Software. We will have some computers with Linux and LibreOffice.
On the 28th March 2012 there will be talks given about Document Freedom at the "Universidad Nacional Experimental Politecnica de la Fuerza Armada Nacional" in Salón 01.

Document Freedom Day event in Izmir, Turkey

28 March 2012
We will celebrate the DFD with following activities in Ege University Computer Engineering Department, Izmir:
  • Cake :)
  • Distributing brochures and telling people about LibreOffice and licences.
Our event will begin at 13:00.
In this event, which will be organised by CIES and Binario Etico, in collaboration with the Equazione cooperative, we will propose a public discussion on the importance of Free Software and Open Standards from the ethical, social, environmental and economical angles.
*An appeal to public institution will be presented*. We hope to raise awareness in the Third Sector and among other actors of the Civil Society about the necessity of adopting Free Software and Open Standards in the public administration.
This matter is important for non profit organisations, which encounters problems adopting Free Software and Open Standards in their internal structures, as the public administration asks them to communicate with them by proprietary technologies. Despite the lack of awareness about this problem in the civil society, this problem has deep repercussions in our daily lives, along with other aspects as fair trade, recycling or responsible tourism.
LibreOffice Venezuela will celebrate Document Freedom Day for the first time in the city of Mérida, Venezuela. This is just one event out of many to celebrate Document Freedom Day in the whole country.
Agenda - Document Freedom Day
  • 8:00am to 8:30am - Registration
  • 8:30am to 9:00am - Inaugural address
  • 9:00am to 10:00am - LibreOffice project, Get to know the Comunidad Libre Office Venezuela
  • 10:00am to 11:00am - Certification of digital documents based on Open Standards
  • 11:00am to 12:00am - ¡Venezuela Libera sus Documentos!, Legal framework that supports the use of ODF
  • 2:00am to 3:00am - Sharing the experiences of supporting migration in other institutions
  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm - LibreOffice Version 3.5 (Demos)
  • 4:00pm to 6:00pm - Installing LibreOffice Fair / Celebration of Document Freedom Day
During the afternoon, there will be talks given by various persons about Open Standards, and interoperability.

Día del Documento Libre in Quito, Ecuador

28 March 2012
Introduction into the philosophy of Free Software Showcase of Edubuntu GNU/Linux Workshop for LibreOffice 3.5
Lectures and dicussions about open standards and their usefullness. This will take place in the rooms of Chaos Computer Club.
HackLab Catanzaro organizes the DFD 2012 at the *Lab (association's headquarters). The event will be divided into three main topics: Document and Multimedia formats (ODF, OGG) and ePub standard; Licenses (GNU FDL, CC, OFL); Free software office suites (LibreOffice, Abiword).
The event will take place on March 28, 2012, in Belém-PA, the Technology Institute of Para. It is organized by the LibreOffice Community. The event will support educational institutions and public and private companies.
Document Freedom Party 2012 @Ceata community-operated hackerspace, bd. Corneliu Coposu 39A, ap. 3. Invited are contributors, collaborators and all other individuals interested in Open Standards and Document Freedom.
We will have free discussion about standards in administration, technical support for Free Software implementing them, past events and future campaigns, evolution of the Romanian digital society and whatever you have in mind on the subject.
Also, come and find your questions about Open Standards answered by community members.
Music and drinks on the house. Starting from 5 PM. No closing time. :-)
We celebrate DFD by holding a discussion on Open Standards, their importance, and our ability to support them.
Talks and seminaries about Open Standards will be held in the Tecnologico Comfenalco University
1&1, GMX and WEB.DE receive the German Document Freedom Award for the use of Open Standards. The prize is awarded by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V. (FFII). 1&1 is awarded for automatically adding XMPP for all customers of their mail services. The Document Freedom Award is awarded annually on the occasion of Document Freedom Day - the international day for Open Standards. Last years winners include, Deutschland Radio, and the German Foreign Office.
This is the second of three events organised by Ubuntu-ve.
On the day 27th of March, we will be celebrating the DFD in the city of Caripito, Venezuela. There will be lectures and workshops given for students and teachers from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. at the University of Technology Caripito. We have a lab there with 45 computers.
Samira Khazmou, who is teaching in this institution, is organizing the event.
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)

Slovak DFD Prize 2012 in Bratislava, Slovakia

26 March 2012 organized by Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)
FSFE will award the Slovak Committee for Standardization of Information Systems of Public Administration, to recognize adoption of Open Standards for entire Slovak public administration. Martin Husovec together with local NGOs and academics will present the prize.
See a report for this event here.
This is the first of three events organised by Ubuntu-ve.
It starts at 23rd of March in the Unidad Educativa Fe y Alegría, city of Maturin, where there will be lectures and workshops given to students and teachers. For LibreOffice workshops, we will have over 50 computers. You can find the agenda of the event here.
This event is being organized by Samuel Persaud together with Mr. Lamb Deivy.

Talks on Free Software, open document formats and office suites in Catanzaro, Italy

02 April 2011
On the 2nd of April 2011 at 15:00, the Hacking Laboratory Catanzaro (HackLabCZ) is organizing talks at the *LAB (association's headquarters) which will cover topics like document formats (ODF), licenses (GNU FDL, CC) and free software office suites (LibreOffice, Abiword, Gnumeric). Read more about this on the official web page.

Series of talks in Aguadulce, Panama

02 April 2011
Freedom Soldiers, a local Free Software Community, will be organizing talks at the local campus of the University of Panama, which will cover topics like ODF and Social Networking in Open Standards. These will be on April 2nd due to issue with the availability of locations.

Talk on the importance of Open Standards in Spoleto, Italy

02 April 2011
On the 2nd of April 2011, the Free Software User Group Italia (FSUGItalia) is organising a series of talks on the importance of using ODF, in particular for students and schools in Spoleto (Perugia). Read more about this on the official event page.

Document Freedom Day in Thessaloniki, Greece

31 March 2011
On the 31st of March, 2011, there will be a speech about Open Document Format and the value of its use in the public sector and we will have conversations and flames how this can be implemented in Greece, and by afternoon we will organise our LPI Exam Lab. The event takes place in the GNU/Linux Lab in Thessaloniki, Greece, and is organised by the Association of Greek Users and Friends of Free Software.
Read more on their website.

"Knowledge, Cuture and Society: Free Software and Free Documents" in Viseu, Portugal

30 March 2011
On the On the 30th March, integrated in the activities for the "Superior School of Education in Viseu Day", there will be an hour and a half (11:30-13:00) symposium about Free Culture, Free Software and Free Documents by Nelson Gonçalves and Luis Carvalheiro. Find more at

Public lecture in Križevci, Croatia

30 March 2011
On the 30th of March, 2011, at 7:30pm, a public lecture is organised by Marko Dimjašević at the "Culture Club", Mažuranićev trg 1, Križevci, Croatia. More information can be found on the official event page.

Digital Heritage and open document standards in The Hague, Netherlands

30 March 2011
On March the 30th, from 1 to 6 p.m. there will be a series of talks with speakers from the world of digital heritage and open (document) standards as well as tours through the Royal Library and the National Archive in The Hague, Netherlands. The theme of the event will be "Open Heritage".
In cooperation with the Dutch Digital heritage Foundation and the Club for History and ICT, the following talks will be given:
  • Piet-Hein Minnecré from the Dutch Program bureau Netherlands Open in Connection, about the upcoming ODF 1.2 standard, Dutch ODF user group for local governments;
  • Cor Nouws from Document Foundation/ Libreoffice about how open is "open"?;
  • Jeffrey van der Hoeven from the Royal Library about digital preservation;
  • Bram Wiercx from FARO (Flemish cultural heritage foundation) about their collective access project;
  • René Stipriaan from DBNL Digital Library for the Dutch Literature about E-reading and E-pubs;
  • Geert Wissink from Europeana.
As the organisers say: "The importance of information and open formats is in this branche very well known, because of broad availability, openness of information and durable access." More information on

Manchester - talk by Free Software Foundation Europe's British Coordinator

30 March 2011
Sam Tuke will speak at the Friends Meeting House in the City of Manchester about the relationship between knowledge, culture and Open-Standards at 19.00.

Document Freedom Day in Serra/Espirito Santo Brazil

30 March 2011

  • Where: Unidade SESI/SENAI CIVIT - Serra/ES
  • When: 30th March from 8 am to 5pm
  • Organisation: Iniciativa Espírito Livre e SENAI
Find out more!

Another event in Thessaloniki, Greece

30 March 2011
The event will take place at 10:30 am in classroom B of the Computer Science Department. The Computer Science department is located at the mezzanine of the Biology School Building, which is at the northwest corner of the campus.
For further information you can contact me at chazisop<at>csd<dot>auth<dot>gr. I am only a member of the chapter, but I am in charge of organising this event.
Invitations to the event are being handled through the official mailing lists of the university, however we will upload our material at our website , so please link to it.

DFD prize in Berlin, Germany

30 March 2011

On the 30th of March, 2011, FSFE will reward a well-known German website for its use of Open Standards in broadcasting content. Berlin and Hamburg Fellows will come to celebrate this important role in spreading Document Freedom, eat a piece of pie, and have a chat around Freedom of software and documents.
The Berlin event is coorganised by the FFII. For more information, contact berlin<at>lists<dot>fsfe<dot>org.
Press review for the Berlin event:
Check out the FSFE release on

Talks and meeting in Posadas, Misiones/Argentina

30 March 2011
On March 30th, at 7p.m. (gmt -3), there will be a talk Open Standards, open document format and Free Software. There might be a flyer distribution as well as splitting to reach audience in different parts of the city. It will take place at the "Escuela Provincial de Educación Técnica N° 1 "UNESCO", Posadas, Misiones/Argentina.
Escuelas Libres: Porque la educación es mucho mejor cuando es libre.
Para entrenar, cualquier programa sirve. Para educar, sólo Software Libre. (Federico Heinz)

Several speakers in Brussels, Belgium

30 March 2011
In the Paul-Henri Spaak building of the European Parliament (room 4B001), there will be an event on Open Standars to emphasize the opportunities offered by digital technologies to broaden access to culture in Europe and in the world. This will takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. and is organised by MEPs Malika Benarab-Attou, Indrek Tarand and Karima Delli.
The three following speakers are invited:
  • Stefan Gradmann is Professor of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-University in Berlin with a focus on knowledge management and semantics based operations. He is also a leader of Europeana's technical work package on semantic interoperability and one of the main contributors to the Europeana Data Model (EDM). Previously, Stefan was director of the German Academic Publishers Project, and a technical co-ordinator of the EC-funded FIGARO project - both were concerned with Open Access. He was also an international advisor for the ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, contributing to the report Our Cultural Commonwealth. The overall focus of his work is an integrated view of the scholarly information lifecycle. He puts emphasis on interoperability and open methods of modeling the scholarly information continuum - both in technical terms and in an e-scholarship perspective.
  • Håkon Wium Lie is Chief Technology Officer of Opera Software. He proposed the concept of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) while working with Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN in 1994, CSS being one of the fundamental web standards, with profound impact on typography, aesthetics, and accessibility on the web. In 2006, Wium Lie started campaigning for browsers to support downloadable web fonts using common font formats. As of 2009, all major browser vendors except Microsoft have implemented web fonts this way.
  • Kaido Kikkas is a Ph.D, Associate Professor at the Estonian Information Technology College and Associate Professor of Social and Free Software at Tallinn University, in Estonia. He is a researcher and free/open-source software (FOSS) enthusiast (or "academic hacker") and teaches a number of courses on various IT issues (ethical and legal aspects, FOSS development, security etc.).

Nice DFD program in Porto, Portugal

30 March 2011
Talks and presentations, with the presence of several Portuguese political parties and other interested parties from fields like education, libraries and more… Sounds like a great program! Organised by the ANSOL, HackLaViva and Musas, and coordinated by Ricardo Lafuente, these activities will take place on March 30th. Find out more on their website.

Series of talks in Panama City, Panama

30 March 2011
Floss-Pa is organizing some talks at the Technological University of Panama which will cover topics like web standards, social networking in open standards and free video formats. These will be on March 30th.

Celebrating Document Freedom Day in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

30 March 2011
On the 30th of March 2011, Alexandro Colorado will speak up for document freedom at the "Congreso Mexicano de la Sociedad de la Información y Conocimiento Libre" (CosiT), an event organised by the Comisión de Ciencia y Tecnología del Senado de la República.
Find out more!

Firefox 4 Release Party in Budapest, Hungary

30 March 2011
ODFA - Open Document Format Alliance Hungary organises a Firefox 4 release party in Budapest, Uránia Mozi, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Talks in Campinas, Brazil

30 March 2011
At the "Centro de Computação da Universidade Estadual de Campinas (CCUEC)", there will be talks on Document Freedom on the 30th of March, from 1 to 5 p.m. The talks will be given by João S. O. Bueno and Rubens Queiroz de Almeida, is proposed by the Associação Python Brasil, and coordinated by João Sebastião de Oliveira Bueno.

DFD event in Vigo, Spain

30 March 2011
A Comunidade galega do Software Libre quere unirse a este día de celebración mundial organizando unha xornada á que convida a achegarse a toda a cidadanía. A xornada galega do Día da liberdade dos documentos será o vindeiro *mércores 30 de marzo* na Escola de Enxeñaría de Telecomunicación da Universidade de Vigo [ver mapa].
Nos vindeiros días irase publicando a hora e o programa desta xornada.
Actos a celebrar no Salón de Graos da Escola de Enxeñaría de Telecomunicacións
  • 10:00 a 10:30 - Recepción de asistentes ao DFD 2011
  • 10:30 a 11:30 - Mesa técnica «Empresas-Administración»
  • 11:40 a 12:00 - Acto de presentación oficial. Participan autoridades políticas xunto á Dtra. da Escola
  • 12:00 a 12:50 - Conferencia-Debate «A necesidade do emprego dos estándares» - Dr. Ubaldo García Palomares - 13:00 a 14:00 - Mesa redonda «GUL-OSL-Empresas»
Posteriormente, os membros da comunidade e quen desexe acompañalos desprazaranse para ter unha comida cominitaria
No hall da Escola, Alumnado voluntario instalará a quen o desexe LibreOffice, ou NeoOffice en computadores con Windows/MacOS X.
Nota: En equipos de baixos recursos tamén poderán instalar o aplicativo de tratamento de textos «AbiWord» (só Windows ou GNU/Linux).

Colourful activities in Lisbon, Portugal

30 March 2011
ANSOL Marcos Marado is organising a meeting, party, dinner and public distribution of flyers and other materials, as well as the coverage of the event on radio and possibly a "radio round table". The event will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on March the 30th, 2011, from 18:30 to 23:30. More information on ANSOL's event page.

Document Freedom Day party in Munich, Germany

30 March 2011

Photos by Michael Nagy, Presseamt München.
In Munich on March 30, come and celebrate Document Freedom Day with us at Café Netzwerk, Luisenstr. 11, 80333 München (U-Bahn: Königsplatz). Starting at 18:30, there will music, short talks from FSFE's President Karsten Gerloff, Florian Effenberger of the Document Foundation, and others, and a good time for all!
If you're coming, please drop us a mail at Registration isn't required, but we'd like to have a rough idea of how many people will be coming. Further information is available here.
Check out the FSFE press release on

Weybridge - Barbecue at Sirius Corporation offices

30 March 2011
Sirius Corporation will host a barbecue in celebration of DFD 2011 at their Weybridge office in Surrey. The public are welcome to attend, but please notify the organisers of your intention if you're planning to visit.

LibreOffice Workshop in Galicia, Spain

30 March 2011
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 30th of March 2011, there will be workshops each hour to help everybody who wants to install LibreOffice with explanations about the importance of Open Document Formats and Open Standards in general.
The event is organised by the Deputación de Lugo, an official statement of local government Lugo CIS Lugo, and will take place there.

Meeting with many Free Software actors in Galicia, Spain

30 March 2011
An event is being organised that spreads the spirit of the Document Freedom Day to stay in touch with all the different components of Galician Free Software community (businesses, associations, translators, politicians, teachers…). This event takes place at the Escola de Enxeñaría de Telecomunicación da Universidade de Vigo, in Galicia, Spain.
Join all the GUGLs (Grupo de Ususarios de GNU/Linux), translators, politicians, teachers, AGASOL (Galician Free Sofware business association), ASOLIF (spanish free sw business federation) and many more on the 30th march, beginning at 10.00 a.m.
As they say: "We want to show the importance of standars on our documents and data. We want to have an opportunity to show to the midia this problem, this forgotten right, and to have more people joining this cause."
Learn more here or take a look at the agenda.

DFD event in Paterna (Valencia), Spain

30 March 2011
Open Xarxes Coop. V., Calle Alborgí, 10 - 46980 Paterna (Valencia) organiza un evento con breves relatorios sobre a importancia da liberdade nos documentos no eido dos formatos e estándares abertos xunto a aplicativos e *suites* ofimáticas que soportan ODF (Open Document Format). Repartiranse CDs, participando asociacións como ARPA e VALUX, así como o persoal de Open Xarxes. Haberá unha *install party* o 1 de abril.

Document Freedom Day in Düsseldorf, Germany

30 March 2011
The regular Fellowship Meeting in Düsseldorf will be dedicated to Document Freedom Day, and take place in Südstern (Bilker Allee 66, 40219 Düsseldorf), at 19:30 CEST.
Michael Stehmann will hold a talk on "Vorzüge freier und offener Standards" (Advantages of free and open standards). The tenth FSFE birthday as well as the fifth year of the Düsseldorf office are also a good reason to celebrate, and Werner Koch will also tell a bit about the creation phase of these two.
Nice people are expected, wished and welcome!

DFD activities in Coimbra, Portugal

30 March 2011
Bruno Miguel will organise a meeting, party, distribution of flyers and other materials, as well as talks and/or presentations in Coimbra, Portugal on March 30th. ANSOL and NEI support the event, find out more about it here.

DFD prize in Hamburg, Germany

30 March 2011

On the 30th of March, 2011, FSFE will reward a well-known German website for its use of Open Standards in broadcasting content. Hamburg and Berlin Fellows will come to celebrate this important role in spreading Document Freedom, eat a piece of pie, and have a chat around Freedom of software and documents.
For more information, contact hamburg<at>lists<dot>fsfe<dot>org.
You might want to check the press review above under the Berlin event.
Check out the FSFE press release on

DFD event in Lugo, Spain

30 March 2011
No In Lugo CIS Lugo, mapa, preténdese facer unha breve introdución sobre estándares abertos e formatos cada hora, xusto no comezo de cada obradoiro. Tras isto procederase á instalación das *suites* ofimáticas. É dicir, ás 10-11-12-13 / 16-17 darán comezo obradoiros con curtas explicacións sobre os estándares.

Document Freedom Day 2011 "Open Erfgoed"

30 March 2011
Volgende week woensdag 30 maart 2011 organiseert Document Freedom Day Nederland i.s.m. de Verenging voor Geschiedenis en Informatica (VGI) en het Digitaal erfgoed Nederland (DEN) in de Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) in Den Haag, de derde Nederlandse editie van deze dag. Document Freedom Day is een wereldwijde viering en promotie van open dokument formaten, open standaarden en aanverwante open technieken. Tijdens de lezingen zullen er ook rondleidingen door de Koninklijke Bibliotheek en het Nationaal Archief plaats vinden.
Het thema van dit jaar is "Open Erfgoed" De editie van 2011 zal dan ook worden gekenmerkt door een sterke inbreng vanuit de erfgoedsector. De openheid van informatie en het gebruik van open formaten is in deze sector van het allergrootste belang - in het zicht van brede beschikbaarstelling, openbaarheid van informatie en duurzame toegang.
  • KB: Digital preservation - Jeffrey van der Hoeven
  • NOiV: ODF gebruikersgroep, ODF-roadmap, ODF 1.2-standaard - Piet-Hein Minnecré
  • Document Foundation/Libre Office; hoe "open" is open - Cor Nouws
  • Vlaams steunpunt voor cultureel erfgoed (FARO): CollectiveAccess - Bram Wiercx
  • Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren (DBNL): e-lezen en e-pubs
  • René van Stipriaan
  • Digitale collectie Nederland in Europeana - Geert Wissink
Toegang is gratis. Aanmelding is verplicht.
Mag ik je als bezoeker voor Document Freedom Day 2011 noteren?
Meer info:

Activities in several Brazilian cities

30 March 2011
On the 30th of March 2011, from 2 to 5 p.m. we will have the Free Software project "Projeto de Software Livre dentro do Serpro e do CISL - Comitê Técnico de Implementação de Software Livre no Governo Federal", which will take place in several Serpro audoriums throughout the country:
  • Belém - Auditório - Av. Perimetral da Ciência, 2.010 Terra Firme - Belém - PARÁ - CEP: 66077-830
  • Belo Horizonte - Auditório - Av. José Cândido da Silveira, 1.200 Cidade Nova - Belo Horizonte - MG - CEP: 31035-536
  • Brasilia - Sede Auditório - SGAN Quadra 601 Módulo V - Brasília - DF - CEP: 70836-900
  • Brasília - Regional Auditório - SGAN Av.L-2 Norte Quadra 601 – Módulo G - Brasília - DF - CEP: 70830-900
  • Curitiba - Auditório - Rua Carlos Pioli, 133 Bom Retiro - Curitiba - PR - CEP: 80520-170
  • Fortaleza - Auditório - Av. Pontes Vieira, 832 São João do Tauapé - Fortaleza – CEARÁ - CEP: 60130-240
  • Porto Alegre - Auditório - Auditório - Av. Augusto de Carvalho, 1.133 Praia de Belas - Porto Alegre - RS - CEP: 90010-390
  • Recife - Auditório - Av. Parnamirim, 295 Parnamirim - Recife - PE - CEP: 52060-901
  • Rio de Janeiro - Horto Auditório - Rua Pacheco Leão, 1.235 Fundos - Jardim Botânico - Rio de Janeiro - RJ CEP: 22460-905
  • Rio de Janeiro - Lapa Auditório - Rua Teixeira de Freitas, n° 31 - Lapa - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - CEP: 20021-350
  • Salvador - Auditório SubsoloAv. Luiz Vianna Filho, 2.355 Paralela - Salvador - BA - CEP: 41130-530
  • São Paulo - Luz Sala de Videoconferência - Sala T4 - Rua Plínio Ramos, 99 - Luz - São Paulo - (SP) - CEP: 01027-010
  • São Paulo - Socorro Auditório - Rua Olívia Guedes Penteado, 941 - Socorro - São Paulo - (SP) - CEP: 04766-900
Em todas as regionais e por streaming:

  • 14h - Abertura: Deivi Kuhn - BSB
  • 14h20 - Palestra 1: Fernanda Weinden - "Motivação para o Dia da Liberdade dos Documentos" - POA
  • 15h10 - Palestra 2: Jomar Silva - "Padrões Abertos - É hora de participar" - SPO
  • 16h00 - Palestra 3: Daniela Silva e Pedro Markun - "Política hacker – dados abertos e participação política na rede" - SPO16h50 - Encerramento
Na regional Belém e por streaming:
  • 08:30 - 09:00 - Abertura
  • 09:00 - 09:45 - Formatos de arquivos: por que se preocupar? - Fátima Conti - Profª UFPA - GUBrO-PA
  • 10:00 - 10:45 - LibreOffice - Mais um nome a se aprender? - Rogênio L. Belém - SERPRO/Regional Belém
  • 11:00 - 11:45 - Documentos Abertos para Dados Abertos - Ezyo Lamarca - SERPRO/Regional Belém
  • 11:45 - 12:00 - Encerramento
Na regional Porto Alegre:
  • 10:00 - 12:00 - Palestra sobre o uso de padrões abertos para documentação - Fernanda Weiden
Hear the streaming live! The events will be open to the public; for more information, please contact cisl <at> serpro <dot> gov <dot> br

DFD event in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

30 March 2011
O mércores 30 de marzo, de 12 a 14 da tarde, na Residencia de estudantes do Monte da Condesa do Campus na Vida da USC (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela), a súa Oficina de Sw Libre e mailo GLUG darán unha charlas sobre estándares e Software Libre. Despois asesorarase en materia de estándares, aplicativos e a comunidade de SwL aos asistentes in situ.

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Lessons from Lessig – Prestigious thinker calls for Document Freedom.

15 March:
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).

2013 Event registration now open

25 February:
Today event registration opens for Document Freedom Day 2013, March 27th. Local teams can add details of their activities to, and have them marked on the global campaign map.

Neelie Kroes reacts after receiving DFD Handcuffs - DFD

20 April:
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".

Report of Document Freedom Day 2012

05 April:
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.

Document Freedom Day ends but is not over!

29 March:
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.

Document Freedom Award for Slovak Commission for Standardization

28 March:
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.

So many things happening - Status updates by microblog

28 March:
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 or twitter. Beside that we still receive new events all the time. Thanks alredy to all of you!

Document Freedom Day begins!

27 March:
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.

DFD 2012 Events

23 March:
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.

Article: Commandment for minimalistic formats - Being an Open Standard is not enough

23 March:
With Document Freedom Day coming up on Wednesday, FSFE is publishing an article by FSFE co-founder Bernhard Reiter. He discusses what makes a good data format, and argues that Open Standards are good, but that we need to push further still. His central question to data formats is "Can we make it simpler?" The article is currently in German, translations are welcome.

Handcuffs - DFD

21 March:
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.

Medzinárodné ocenenie slovenskej Komisie pre štandardizáciu ISVS

15 March:
Európske združenie Free Software Foundation Europe, e.V., so sídlom v Berlíne udelí dňa 26.3.2012 o 9:30 na pôde Ministerstva Financií SR, slovenskej Komisii pre štandardizáciu ISVS a jej pracovným skupinám symbolickú cenu - Document Freedom Award, za ich viacročné úsilie ako aj dosiahnuté výsledky v oblasti presadzovania otvorených štandardov. Cena bude odovzdaná pri príležitosti dňa otvorených štandardov ako súčasť celosvetovej akcie Document Freedom Day 2012.

Call for Street Art Artists

30 January:
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.

Become a supporting organisation for Document Freedom Day 2012

27 January:
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.

FSFE calls for nominations for the Document Freedom Award

10 January:
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

Restructuring Website

06 January:
As you might have noticed, we are currently restructuring the website. The design was changed, as well as the front page and we updated our contact information. awarded for the use of Open Standards

30 March:
Today the ARD internet platform 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".

Document Freedom Day celebrated around the world

30 March:
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.

Coordinators wanted : Celebrating Open Standards on 30th March

22 February:
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.

Freedom to Read, Freedom to Write: Celebrating Document Freedom Day 2011

02 February:
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.

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