Half Day Seminar on Open Standards: Document Freedom Day 2015

Nikesh Balami

Nikesh Balami


Sat Mar 14 2015


Basic Information:

Date: 25th March 2015

Venue: CLASS Nepal, Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Time: 01:00 PM – 05:00 PM

*Please Bring your own Laptop*

On the occasion of Document Freedom Day 2015 Open Knowledge Nepal, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community and Center for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) Nepal collaboratively are going to organize a “Half Day Seminar on Open Standards”. On the Seminar there will be Presentation, Training and Discussion Session on Open Standards, Open Data and Data Visualization from the member of Open Knowledge Nepal and FOSS Nepal community. Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal will conduct one small workshop on Data Filtering and Data Visualization. Where they will be using different kinds of online data visualization tools.

The target audiences of the Events are Government Officers, Labourers Union representatives and Journalists.

The Agenda of the event is:

– To  give voice to the movement for a free information infrastructure.

– To highlight the importance of Open Standards and how they impact both business opportunities.

– To discussion the situation of Open Standards and Open Data in Nepal.

– To learn some basic techniques of Excels and Data Visualization.

What is Document Freedom Day?

Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a day when people come together and inform themselves about the ever growing importance of Open Standards. With the rise of new technologies and hardware more and more communication is transmitted via electronic data. At the same time more and more information is provided in digital formats or even created in digital format and will never be transferred to any analogue media. Various stakeholders try to exploit these factors by offering communication or information services that use proprietary data formats to lock users into their software, hardware and services. But we do not have to go on like they want us to do. We can get rid of restrictions and vendor lock-ins if we keep on using Open Standards. These are data formats that can be freely implemented in any service, hardware or software.

What is Open Standards?

Open Standards are essential for interoperability and freedom of choice based on the merits of different software applications. They provide freedom from data lock-in and the subsequent supplier lock-in. This makes Open Standards essential for governments, companies, organisations and individual users of information technology.


An Open Standard refers to a format or protocol that is:

– Subject to full public assessment and use without constraints in a manner equally available to all parties;

– Without any components or extensions that have dependencies on formats or protocols that do not meet the definition of an Open Standard themselves;

– Free from legal or technical clauses that limit its utilisation by any party or in any business model;

– Managed and further developed independently of any single supplier in a process open to the equal participation of competitors and third parties;

– Available in multiple complete implementations by competing suppliers, or as a complete implementation equally available to all parties.

What Open Standards mean to you

Open Standards ensure that you can:

– Collaborate and communicate with others, regardless of which software they are using

– Upgrade or replace your apps and still be able to open and edit your old files

– Choose which phone / tablet / computer you want to use without worrying about compatibility


Open Standards ensure that society has:

– More competitive software and tech products

– More efficient governmental systems and services

– More accessible high-end software for innovation and experimentation