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[tdf-announce] The Document Foundation joins the OASIS Consortium


LibreOffice Conference in Berlin will host a dedicated ODF PlugFest

Berlin, September 4, 2012 - The Document Foundation, the home of
LibreOffice, has joined the Organisation for the Advancement of
Standards in Information Society (OASIS). The international standards
development consortium is the leader in many key digital standards, and
one of the most respected names in the standards field.

The Document Foundation will primarily focus on the ODF Technical
Committees, to represent the largest independent free software community
focused on the development and the promotion of "the best free office
suite" based on the Open Document Format. LibreOffice is available in
over 100 native language versions, more than twice than any comparable
software, and is therefore the most sophisticated, feature rich,
complete and widespread ODF implementation worldwide.

"Open Standards create a level playing field for digital contents, and
make innovation accessible", explains Charles-H. Schulz, one of the
members of The Document Foundation Board of Directors and a former
director of OASIS. "The Document Foundation decision to join the OASIS
Consortium strengthens the whole ODF ecosystem with the addition of the
largest independent free software community focused on personal
productivity and office suites, capable of reaching over 95% of the
world's population with the most accessible ODF implementation".

"The Document Foundation has always been committed to Open Standards,
which are a founding principle of the project", says Olivier Hallot, an
independent volunteer and a member of TDF Board of Directors. "Although
the project was already represented at OASIS through several corporate
and individual members, the Board of Directors has decided to step in to
give voice to the end users and reduce the influence of corporate
interests on the future of the Open Document Format".

The Document Foundation will organize the second LibreOffice Conference
in Berlin in mid October. The three day event, which is completely free,
will include a dedicated ODF Plugfest, a vendor-neutral interoperability
event gathering industry-wide experts of the OpenDocument Format
(http://conference.libreoffice.org).

Donations are helping The Document Foundation in delivering a better
free software, and in staying independent from corporate interests:
http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Short link to The Document Foundation blog: http://wp.me/p1byPE-jr

About The Document Foundation (TDF)

The Document Foundation is an open, independent, self-governing,
meritocratic organization, which builds on ten years of dedicated work
by the OpenOffice.org Community. TDF was created in the belief that the
culture born of an independent foundation brings out the best in
corporate and volunteer contributors, and will deliver the best free
office suite. TDF is open to any individual who agrees with its core
values and contributes to its activities, and warmly welcomes corporate
participation, e.g. by sponsoring individuals to work as equals
alongside other contributors in the community. As of August 30, 2012,
TDF has over 140 members and over 2,000 volunteers and contributors
worldwide.

Media Contacts

Florian Effenberger (based near Munich, Germany, UTC+1)
Phone: +49 8341 99660880 - Mobile: +49 151 14424108
E-mail: floeff@documentfoundation.org - Skype: floeff
Charles H. Schulz (based in Paris, France, UTC+1)
Mobile: +33 6 98655424 - E-mail: charles.schulz@documentfoundation.org
Eliane Domingos de Sousa (based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UTC-3)
E-mail: elianedomingos@documentfoundation.org - Skype: elianedomingos
Italo Vignoli (based in Milan, Italy, UTC+1)
Mobile: +39 348 5653829 - E-mail: italo.vignoli@documentfoundation.org
Skype: italovignoli - GTalk: italo.vignoli@gmail.com

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