"All computer users should have the right to do their computing in freedom. Using exclusively Free formats is the first step they can take to win this right."
— Tiberiu C. Turbureanu, President, Fundația Ceata
Document Freedom Day is an international campaign coordinated by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and organized by groups all over the world with the aim of spreading awareness of Free digital formats and their importance.
Free formats are digital formats with complete specifications, equally available to everyone interested, which do not depend on non-free formats or protocols, which don't impose any restriction to anyone for implementing or distributing them and for which there are available complete competing implementations or at least a complete Free implementation, in the form of Free Software.
Non-free or proprietary formats prevent the implementation of Free Software to read and modify them through technical (incomplete specifications) or legal means (patents). Thus, the users of non-free formats are blocked by the developers to only use their proprietary software, because other (Free) software are not interoperable.
Using non-free formats has negative consequences on both individual freedom and society, because it encourages non-competitive practices and prevents the development of Free, user freedom respecting, software.
On March 23rd 2013, Fundația Ceata has organized in Bucharest a Document Freedom Day event in the Room 2201 of the Faculty of Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic Informatics (15-17 Calea Dorobanților) of the University of Economic Studies (ASE).
The event was supported by the Department of Tourism and Geography of the Faculty of Commerce of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (lecturer Alexandru Gavriș).
Irina Popescu, volunteer and supporting member of Fundația Ceata, had the role of event moderator.
The mission of Fundația Ceata, the Free Software Movement, the history of Ceata community, the reasoning behind this event and the importance of Free formats. How to help Fundația Ceata.
The presentation had been given in the form of speech and there are no presentation slides available.
Tiberiu C. Turbureanu is the founder and the president of Fundația Ceata, and a Free Software programmer and activist.
The Free formats for graphics SVG, ORA, PNG, XCF, Blend și DAE and Free Software which uses them: Inkscape, GIMP and Blender.
Dumitru Ursu is a Council member of Fundația Ceata, a Computer Science student in Chișinău and a Free Software activist.
Using the Free plugin JessyInk, one can make full-fledged presentations in Inkscape.
The presentation slides are available in the Free format SVG.
Alexandru Gavriș is lecturer of the Faculty of Commerce, Department of Tourism and Geography of ASE and volunteer member of Fundația Ceata.
General presentation of the ODF Free format and of LibreOffice, the Free office suite. LibreOffice Romania community.
Lucian Oprea is a member of the LibreOffice România community and volunteer member of Fundația Ceata.
General presentation of the Free audio/video formats and of the Free Software which use them.
Cornel-Florentin Dimitriu is a volunteer member of Fundația Ceata, and a hardware hacker with a passion for Free computer games.
General presentation of the new format called HTML5 and of the WebRTC API. Mozilla project's involvement.
Gabriel Ivănică is a Representative of Mozilla in Romania and volunteer member of Fundația Ceata.
Alexandra Oprea and Alexandru Gavriș took pictures during the event. These have been collected by Fundația Ceata and are available: albume.ceata.org/index.php?/category/60.
Bellow you can find a list of the best recordings we made, one for each presentation. Unfortunately, our technical equipment didn't allow us to get recordings of the very best quality.
The mission of Fundația Ceata: filme.ceata.org/u/ceata/m/misiunea-fundatiei-ceata/
Free formats for graphics: http://filme.ceata.org/u/ceata/m/formate-libere-pentru-grafica/
JessyInk — presentations with Inkscape: filme.ceata.org/u/ceata/m/jessyink-prezentari-cu-inkscape/
The ODF Free format and LibreOffice: filme.ceata.org/u/ceata/m/formatul-liber-odf-si-libreoffice/
Free audio/video formats: filme.ceata.org/u/ceata/m/formate-audio-video-libere-linuxvideo-ro/
The HTML5 Free Format and WebRTC: filme.ceata.org/u/ceata/m/formatul-liber-html5-si-webrtc-linuxvideo-ro/
The president of Fundația Ceata, Tiberiu C. Turbureanu, has been quoted by FSFE in the English version of the Document Freedom Day official website. Thus, the message of Fundația Ceata about user freedom and Free formats has spread all over the world.
Tiberiu C. Turbureanu has written a letter of request for the event room which in turn Alexandru Gavriș has reviewed and forwarded it to the management of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE). From this letter of request, we extract the goal and motivation:
The goal of this campaign is to inform computer users about the importance of using Free formats for digital documents. These Free formats ensure that users' freedom is respected in a democratic society and provides the ground for a Free market, governed by fairness and competition. Fundația Ceata activates for rejecting non-free formats which reinforce one developer monopoly, and for choosing Free formats.
Organizing the Document Freedom Day in the University of Economic Studies is an important opportunity for its students and staff members to get in contact with the Free formats and software, and for the institution, to get noticed in the international DFD event list.
Tiberiu C. Turbureanu has issued a press release which has been published by several collaborators of Fundația Ceata.
Tiberiu C. Turbureanu has ordered a promotion pack from FSFE using the promotion page on the official website. The pictures taken with the promotion materials are available:
We added to these promotion materials the Document Freedom Day (Răzvan Sandu), Fundația Ceata and the Firefox browser banners.
The volunteer members of Fundația Ceata have translated in Romanian several main pages of the official website. These has been reviewed by Tiberiu C. Turbureanu and published by FSFE.
Other pages which have been translated and will be soon reviewed in order to be sent for publication:
The font used by FSFE for the title and subtitle of the official website is "Yanone Kaffeesatz" and unfortunately, it doesn't include Romanian diacritics. Cornel-Florentin Dimitriu, volunteer member of Fundația Ceata, has modified this Free font using the Free Software called FontForge and has made the completed version available to everybody interested. This modified font is used by Fundația Ceata on this page and it will be soon sent as update to FSFE and to the author, Yanone.
This is a list of publications which wrote about the event after March 23rd, as well:
This a list of publications which have announced the event:
În conformity with its Constitution, Fundația Ceata is a nonprofit organization which aims to liberate the Romanian users from restrictions in arts and technologies, in compliance with the current Romanian Law.
Ceata is an active community with almost 5 years long history, which has operated as informal group from June 10th 2008 to February 15th 2013, when Fundația Ceata has been incorporated. At the launch event of Fundația Ceata on February 22nd 2013, Richard Stallman himself has given a speech.
Unfortunately, Fundația Ceata is the only Romanian organization aligned with the Free Software philosophy. Although it encounters many obstacles in growing the Free Software Movement in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, Fundația Ceata organizes many events like this one, and develops Free works (software, articles, pictures, recordings), and persuades organizations and individuals to release their works under Free licenses, through continuous activism efforts.
Fundația Ceata has its headquarters in Bucharest, but it has two local teams of volunteer members, Ceata-CJ and Ceata-MD, and aims to extend its local team network in other counties of Romania and abroad, where Romanian communities exist.
To get in contact with Fundația Ceata, you can use any of the e-mail addresses bellow:
We need help to organize events, write articles, do system administration and develop software. If you have some spare time and you believe in the mission of Fundația Ceata, please enter at least the community's main mailing list and volunteer to help us: liste.ceata.org.