Publié par : Malika Benarab-Attou | 29 mars 2011

Conference and video : Document Freedom Day

Document Freedom Day

( video link )


MEP Malika Benarab-Attou, MEP Karima Delli and MEP Indrek Tarand (The Greens / EFA ) were happy to invite you to the Document Freedom Day on Wednesday 30th March 2011, at the European Parliament in Brussels. You can access here to the full video conference . Thank you !


Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for document liberation. It was celebrated this year at the European Parliament in order to emphasize the opportunities offered by digital technologies to broaden access to culture in Europe and in the world.


Digital technologies provide us with new tools and new ways to bring culture to people, giving them access to more, allowing them to be part of the cultural production. The resources and the richness of the public domain could all of a sudden be within reach of anybody. But, in the context of the digital environment and with the Internet, creating abundance and ensuring that people can enjoy it require at least two things:


1. documents’ format and applications need to be readable by any machine to be accessible to any person.

2. public domain, which is the “ecological center” of the knowledge society,  needs to be protected from erosion and on the contrary nourished and extended.


Our speakers, each one a specialist in their domain, gave us their views on what are today’s stakes, dangers, and more than anything opportunities. They shared with us what document freedom means to them and what it can do to us on the way toward open culture.




Stefan Gradmann is Professor of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-University in Berlin with a focus on knowledge management and semantics based operations. He is also a leader of Europeana‘s technical work package on functionality and interoperability. Previously, Stefan was director of the GBV Library Network, director of the German Academic Publishers Project of the German Research Association, and a technical co-ordinator of the EC-funded FIGARO project. He was also an international advisor for the ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, contributing to the report Our Cultural Commonwealth.

The overall focus of his work is an integrated view of the scientific information lifecycle. He puts emphasis on interoperability and methods of modelling the scholarly information continuum that are based on open standards – both in technical terms and in an e-scholarship perspective.


Håkon Wium Lie is Chief Technology Officer of Opera Software. He proposed the concept of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) while working with Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN in 1994, CSS bein one of the fundamental web standards, with profound impact on typography, aesthetics, and accessibility on the web. In 2006, Wium Lie started campaigning for browsers to support downloadable web fonts using common font formats. As of 2009, all major browser vendors except Microsoft have implemented web fonts this way.


Kaido Kikkas is a Ph.D, Associate Professor at the Estonian Information Technology College and Associate Professor of Social and Free Software at Tallinn University, in Estonia. He is an Estonian educator, researcher and free/open-source software (FOSS) enthusiast (or « academic hacker »). He holds a dual position of associate professor at the Estonian Information Technology College as well as Tallinn University, teaching a number of courses on various IT issues (ethical and legal aspects, FOSS development, security etc). He has been using solely FOSS in his computers since August 2000 and also publishes all his study materials online under free licenses. 

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