Document Freedom and Open Standard Document Freedom Day Prakash Neupane email@example.com Www.prakashneupane.com.np Ambassador|Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal Member|FOSS Nepal Member|OSAC
Document Freedom Day Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day "to celebrate Open Standards and open document formatsraising awareness of Open Standards and formats, On this daypeople who believe in fair access to communications technology teach, perform, and demonstrate. It is celebrated on the last Wednesday of March Organized by OKFN Nepal and OSAC . Supported by Department of Library and Information Science TU and FOSS Nepal
Document Freedom?● Documents that are free can be used in any way that the author intends. They can be read, transmitted, edited, and transformed using a variety of tools.● Document Freedom is about all forms of data, including artwork, sheet and recorded music, emails, and statistics. These can be stored in ways which empower users.● Documents that arent free are locked to some particular software or company. The author cannot choose how to use them because they are controlled by technical restrictions, like a powerful car that is artificially restricted to 30 km/ph.
Compatibility?● Over time, files that have been saved in closed formats tend to be less and less accessible to their creators.● Your valuable information might turn into digital toxic waste with your next upgrade to a new software.● Closed systems, standards and formats are barrier in economic, social, political and cultural participation.● when you were sent an important file that your computer couldnt read properly?● Remember having to buy or download a new application just so you could open an attachment that you needed for work?
Why Open Document● Open Standards and Document Freedom are not only essential, but its importance is more visible as time passes by. From official documents and government websites to cientific archives or medical records, citizens in the digital era deal - or try to - with digital documents every day. It is crucial not only to ensure that they can easily do so, without obstacles, but also to prevent us from a dark future, by providing the right means of archival of all that information. - Marcos Marado, Vice-President of ANSOL● Culture must be free and accessible to everyone. - Margherita Hack, astrophysicistImage: CC BY-SA 2.0● Build so the whole world — and all of history to come — can build upon what you make. -Lawrence Lessig, Director Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, author of Free Culture
Open Standards? An Open Standard refers to a format or protocol that is:● Subject to full public assessment and use without constraints in a manner equally available to all parties;● Without any components or extensions that have dependencies on formats or protocols that do not meet the definition of an Open Standard themselves;● Free from legal or technical clauses that limit its utilisation by any party or in any business model;● Managed and further developed independently of any single supplier in a process open to the equal participation of competitors and third parties;● Available in multiple complete implementations by competing suppliers, or as a complete implementation equally available to all parties.
Open Standards means: Open Standards ensure that you can:● Collaborate and communicate with others, regardless of which software they are using● Upgrade or replace your apps and still be able to open and edit your old files● Choose which phone / tablet / computer you want to use without worrying about compatibility Open Standards ensure that society has:● More competitive software and tech products● More efficient governmental systems and services● More accessible high-end software for innovation and experimentation