[cc-au] apc.au releases CC licensed archive on Document Freedom Day 2008

Rachel Cobcroft r.cobcroft at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 20:06:07 EDT 2008

Our congratulations to Andrew, Grant, and apc.au members on DFD '08!

As always, we are inspired by your initiatives!
We look forward to hearing of how these open standards further help
apc.auto achieve its vision.


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On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 8:45 AM, andrew garton <ag at apc.org.au> wrote:

> Melbourne, Australia, 26 March 2008: apc.au celebrates Document Freedom
> Day releasing 10 years of articles under Creative Commons
> apc.au (formally c2o / Toy Satellite) releases 10 years of essays,
> lectures, reports and articles dealing with information communication
> technologies for cultural development (ICT4CD). The full list can be
> found at http://wiki.apc.org.au/index.php?title=Documents in both open
> and portable document formats. All the papers are available for sharing
> and re-publication under a Creative Commons Australia license.
> A global initiative celebrated by roughly 200 teams from more than 60
> countries, "Document Freedom Day" is aimed at increasing awareness of
> the value of open document standards. apc.au, an open standards
> advocate, is proud to support "Document Freedom Day 2008."
> Open standards allow any conforming application to work with the data
> they encode, preventing vendor lock-in and providing an open playing
> ground for competition. Open standards are public domain and do not
> require legal forms or commercial agreements to use them, allowing
> anyone to produce an application that meets the standard. Open document
> standards help drive competition and bring freedom of choice to the
> creators and consumers of information. By using open document standards
> we can ensure that our information is accessible as required, now and in
> the future, regardless of the applications in use.
> "Many have experienced the pain of trying to convert from one
> proprietary format to another when exchanging documents (eg: from MS
> Word to Lotus)," says Grant McHerron, apc.au Technical Director.
> "Formatting is lost or broken and re-work is often required. This
> extends even to different versions of the same product, as those using
> Office 2000 are unable to read information created by MS Word 2007.
> Storing information in open document standards facilitates the flow of
> information and prevents its loss when older applications become
> obsolete."
> In addition to the value of open standards for storing information,
> apc.au is also a champion of open licensing. Andrew Garton, apc.au's
> Managing Director, says "The author may choose to reserve some or all
> rights through open licenses, providing consumers with immediate access
> to how content may be used, re-used and / or attributed without having
> to communicate with neither the author nor any 3rd party. Open licenses
> puts rights management directly into the hands of authors of any form
> and medium."
> With support from the Free Software Foundation, Google, IBM, Red Hat
> Linux, Sun Microsystems and many other organisations, Document Freedom
> Day is a volunteer, grass roots effort to ensure people and
> organisations realise the importance of open document standards.
> apc.au is a digital media communications organisation founded in 1997.
> We produce computer mediated collaborative "events" for public space,
> providing production, performance, research and design expertise drawn
> from the information technology and cultural development sectors.
> For more information contact Grant McHerron on grant at apc.org.au / 0422
> 914 949, or go to:
> http://wiki.apc.org.au/
> http://wiki.apc.org.au/index.php?title=Document_Freedom_Day_2008
> --
> andrew garton
> apc.au
> http://apc.org.au/
> ag at apc.org.au / +61 (0)409 948 280 / +27 (0)728 796 972
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