From the CCau mailing list – Andrew Garton has announced that the Australian arm of the Association of Progressive Communication have released 10 years of essays, lectures, reports and articles dealing with information communication technologies for cultural development (ICT4CD) as part of Document Freedom Day. All the papers are available for sharing and re-publication under a Creative Commons Australia license.

Thanks, Andrew, for drawing our attention to this fabulous initiative. As part of CCau’s contribution to the day, over the last few weeks we’ve been updating our Materials archive to include a whole lot of new powerpoints, speeches and publications. All under CC licences, of course. Feel free to check them out, download them, use them for your own purposes. More should be going up in the next few weeks.

From Andrew’s post to the list:

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.