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The Document Foundation announces a Certification Program
to foster the provision of professional services around LibreOffice

Berlin, May 7, 2012 - The Document Foundation announces the
Certification Program, to foster the provision of professional services
around LibreOffice and help the growth of the ecosystem of the world's
best free office suite. The program is outlined on the following page:

"The Certification Program will recognize the competence of individuals
capable of developing and supporting LibreOffice, provide integration
services around the suite, offer training and maintenance, and migrating
enterprises deployments from proprietary to free software", comments
Italo Vignoli, Member of the Board of Directors of The Document
Foundation. "TDF Certification is an opportunity for sponsors, TDF
members and third parties, to build a business around LibreOffice, to
help companies of any kind and size to get the most out of the best free
office suite ever".

The Certification Program will be overseen by the Board of Directors,
through a Certification Committee coordinated by Italo Vignoli and
composed by 10 people: Olivier Hallot and Charles Schulz for the Board
of Directors; Sophie Gautier and Cor Nouws for the Membership Committee;
Stephan Bergmann, Jan Holesovsky,  Tim Janik and Björn Michaelsen for
the developer's community; Lothar Becker and Jacqueline Rahemipour for
third parties.

The first certified developers and third parties will be announced in
May during LinuxTag (Berlin, May 23-26), when the Certification
Committee will meet for the first time. After the meeting, TDF will
announce the roadmap for certification, including pre-requisites for
third parties not involved in the project, and the first dates for
trainings and exams.

Short link to TDF blog:

Italo Vignoli - Director
phone +39.348.5653829 - skype italovignoli
The Document Foundation
Zimmerstraße 69, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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