March 26 is Document Freedom Day!

Today marks the first observation of Document Freedom Day, from here on out an annual celebration held on the last Wednesday of March.

From the official website:

Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for document liberation. It will be a day of grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general.

Complementary to Software Freedom Day, we aim to have local teams all over the world organise events on the last Wednesday of March. 2008 is the first year that Document Freedom Day is being called for, and we are looking for people around the world who are willing to join the effort.

DFD’s main goals are:

  • promotion and adoption of free document formats
  • forming a global network
  • coordination of activities that happen on 26th of March, Document Freedom Day

Once a year, we will celebrate Document Freedom Day as a global community. Between those days, DFD will be focused on facilitating community action and building awareness for issues of Document Freedom and Open Standards.

Given the work on open data standards, structured data, and open repositories being done by Cameron, Peter MR, and others in the open science community, this is definitely cause for celebration! Unfortunately, the United States seems to be lagging behind other countries in its observance of this holiday (but maybe we’ll give it another year).

Thanks to Alain Laederach for the tip!

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