Today is Document Freedom Day.
As more and more details of our lives are recorded digitally, it is vital that future generations can read the digital records that we leave behind. If we record the history of our civilization in proprietary closed formats, it may require a monumental effort to decode what may become the digital equivalent of dead languages. While this will provide an opportunity for some future genius to accomplish something akin to translating Egyptian hieroglyphics, it would better to give our descendants the time to accomplish other vital tasks, like ensuring the future of our species.
The solution is to support open standards like ODF, capable of recording our natural languages in a format future generations can read. This includes the task of educating our elected officials so our public records are available in a transparent and safe manner.
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