26 March 2008: The world's first Document Freedom Day
Today is Document Freedom Day: Roughly 200 teams from more than 60 countries worldwide are organising local activities to raise awareness for Document Freedom and Open Standards. To support the organisation of the annual circuit of initiatives for this first day to celebrate document liberation, DFD starter packs containing a DFD flag, t-shirts and leaflets have been sent to the first 100 teams over the past
In a world where records are increasingly kept in electronic form, Open Standards are crucial for valuable information to outlive the application in which it was initially generated. The question of Document Freedom has severe repercussions for freedom of choice, competition, markets and the sovereignty of countries and their governments.
"We are very excited about all the activities that teams around the world have scheduled," says Ivan Jelic, DFD Coordinator. "Activities we have heard about range from local speeches and information events
through to prizes being given to governmental bodies that adopted good policies in the field of Document Freedom and Open Standards. It will be a challenge to document everything that is taking place today."
How you can get active
The Document Freedom Day is a collaborative effort.
You can make a difference by linking to http://documentfreedom.org,
generate your own artworks or use the ones available at
You could also print out some of the DFD leaflets at
and give them to your co-workers, family or friends. And if you feel
creative, consider taking pictures or small video testimonials that
show the world what Document Freedom means to you!