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Half Day Seminar on Open Standards: Document Freedom Day 2015

- March 14, 2015 in DFD15, DFDNepal, Events, FOSS Nepal, Open Knowledge Nepal, Open Standards

cover Basic Information: Date: 25th March 2015 Venue: CLASS Nepal, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal. Time: 01:00 PM – 05:00 PM   On the occasion of Document Freedom Day 2015 Open Knowledge Nepal, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community and Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) Nepal collaboratively are going to organize a “Half Day Seminar on Open Standards”. On the Seminar there will be Presentation, Training and Discussion Session on Open Standards, Open Data and Data Visualization from the member of Open Knowledge Nepal and FOSS Nepal community. The target audiences of the Events are Government Officers, Labourers Union representatives and Journalists.  

What is Document Freedom Day?

Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a day when people come together and inform themselves about the ever growing importance of Open Standards. With the rise of new technologies and hardware more and more communication is transmitted via electronic data. At the same time more and more information is provided in digital formats or even created in digital format and will never be transferred to any analogue media. Various stakeholders try to exploit these factors by offering communication or information services that use proprietary data formats to lock users into their software, hardware and services. But we do not have to go on like they want us to do. We can get rid of restrictions and vendor lock-ins if we keep on using Open Standards. These are data formats that can be freely implemented in any service, hardware or software.  

What is Open Standards?

Open Standards are essential for interoperability and freedom of choice based on the merits of different software applications. They provide freedom from data lock-in and the subsequent supplier lock-in. This makes Open Standards essential for governments, companies, organisations and individual users of information technology.  

Definition

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.  

What Open Standards mean to you

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