Howdy all,

Last week, the Document Liberation Project announced their existence.

The Document Liberation Project is a home for the growing community of
developers united to free users from vendor lock-in of content.


What happens when not just an individual, but an entire organization
such as a government is unable to read or access digital data from past
years? […]

Going forward, the obvious solution to this problem is to use true open
standards that are duly and fully documented. But as things stand today,
we must face a daunting reality: a significant amount of our legacy
digital content is encoded in proprietary, undocumented formats.

The Document Liberation Project was created in the hope that it would
empower individuals, organizations, and governments to recover their
data from proprietary formats and provide a mechanism to transition that
data into open file formats, returning effective control over the
content from computer companies to the actual authors.

The project <URL:> builds on the great
success of the Document Foundation in making Open Document Format, and
the LibreOffice tools for converting from legacy to open formats.

How should Free Software Melbourne respond?

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Ben Finney

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