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  • Richard Jobity
    From: computing-request@opus.co.tt [mailto:computing-request@opus.co.tt] On Behalf Of Jacqueline Morris Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 6:59 AM To: Ttcs
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2010
      From: computing-request@... [mailto:computing-request@...]
      On Behalf Of Jacqueline Morris
      Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 6:59 AM
      To: Ttcs (E-mail); computing@...
      Subject: Fwd: Today is "Document Freedom Day"


      Jacqueline A. Morris
      Technology should be like oxygen: Ubiquitous, Necessary, Invisible.

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Guru <guru@...>
      Date: Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:52 AM
      Subject: Today is "Document Freedom Day"
      To: public-software-bounces@...-software.in

      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
      Format (ODF).

      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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      Gurumurthy Kasinathan
      IT for Change | Tel:98454 37730
      IT for Change is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with United
      Nations' Economic and Social Council

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