The Document Liberation Project is a home for the growing community of developers united to free users from vendor lock-in of content.

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The situation

Many computer users today have digital content created years ago and stored in old, outdated and proprietary document formats. Frequently, these old files cannot be opened by any application on the user's current operating system. The users are, put simply, locked out of their own content. And this affects entire organizations too – so what happens when a government is unable to read or access digital data from past years? The consequences are huge.

The solution

The Document Liberation Project was created to empower individuals, organizations, and governments to recover their data from proprietary formats and provide a mechanism to transition that data into open and standardises file formats, returning effective control over the content from computer companies to the actual authors. To achieve this, The Document Liberation Project develops software libraries that applications can use to read data in proprietary formats.

Who's using it?

Various well-known free and open source software applications use Document Liberation Project libraries, including...

Get involved!

Join us: read more about the Document Liberation Project, check out the list of projects we're working on, or learn how you can contribute to the effort. Also follow us on Twitter at @docliberation. Thank you for your support!