FW: Today is "Document Freedom Day"
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Jacqueline A. Morris
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From: Guru <guru@...>
Date: Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:52 AM
Subject: Today is "Document Freedom Day"
A document is often in the nature of a 'conversation' between the writer
and others. In case of documents created by the government, it
constitutes government citizen/community interaction, which is a vital
component of our democracy.
Using a proprietary document format such as .doc or .docx to store this
conversation 'locks-in' the conversation to the owner of the proprietary
format. To access this conversation, the receiver of the document must
pay royalty to the owner of the document format, by procuring a license
of the relevant software. Paying royalties to access the "knowledge
commons" is thus antithetical to the philosophies of the public
systems/public software. More importantly, it contravenes the spirit of
'Right to Information' in which the citizen/community have a right to
access government information without having to pay royalties for such
access. This means that government documents should not be stored/shared
in proprietary document formats and government websites should not
require proprietary web browsers, to access.
Fortunately there are 'free and open' document formats, which are
publicly available/owned, hence there is no need to use proprietary
document formats and compel oneself/others to pay royalties. There are
also 'free and open' software applications that use free and open
document formats, such as Open Office or Mozilla Firefox web browser.
The 'Open Standards' being drafted by Government of India
(http://www.mit.gov.in/default.aspx?id=945) requires open standards to
be used, wherever they are available, as is the case with Open Document
Ps - I have been using Open Office for last three years, it is
available on both GNU/Linux and on Windows operating systems
(http://download.openoffice.org) and has similar features as proprietary
office applications. Mail me if you need help/clarifications to move to
Open Office .... and do share this mail with your friends and colleagues
March 31st is Document Freedom Day (DFD), a day for document liberation
marked around the world. It will be a day for us all to educate our
friends and neighbours of the importance of open document formats.
OpenOffice.org uses the OpenDocument Format (ODF), and that means at
least one hundred million people around the world use it at home, at
work, at school: everywhere. What is more, an impartial open standard
like the ODF can be implemented by any application, free or not. It
eliminates vendor lock-in and gives users real choice today and
OpenOffice.org is proud of being a part of DFD, and joins many other
groups, vendors, and projects in the global effort to educate the world
of the freedoms given by open documents and standards. Document Freedom
Day unites us all. Open standards, and especially the ODF opens the
world to all. Details on the Document Freedom Day can be found in our
wiki at http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Dfd and on the official
campaign website at http://documentfreedom.org
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