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Adoption of Free Software PDF readers in Italian Regional Public Administrations (third monitoring)

The following monitoring shows that, in the last semester, ten Italian Regions have reduced advertisement about proprietary PDF readers on their website, and that a Region has raised its support to Free Software PDF readers.

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Current State

This is the third monitoring about the post campaign Free Software PDF Readers, launched by Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) in 2009 that was based on three core principles:

  • Neutrality: Public institutions should not engage in advertising
  • Freedom: Public institutions should not ask citizens to use non-free Software
  • Open Standards: The versions of the PDF format which are Open Standards can be implemented by all PDF readers

Data collected are just rough figures because the are banally extracted searching the string "adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader" and the string "lettore PDF libero" on regional domains, for example like:

  • site:*regione.abruzzo.it "adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader"
  • site:*regione.abruzzo.it "lettore PDF libero"
Number of Google search results into Regional's domain (1 Nov 2016)
Italian RegionSearched word
NameSearched Domain"adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader""lettore PDF libero"
Abruzzosite:*regione.abruzzo.it800
Basilicatasite:*regione.basilicata.it1870
Calabriasite:*regione.calabria.it560
Campaniasite:*regione.campania.it2020
Emilia-Romagnasite:*regione.emilia-romagna.it2533
Friuli-Venezia Giuliasite:*regione.fvg.it810
Laziosite:*regione.lazio.it2500
Liguriasite:*regione.liguria.it710
Lombardiasite:*regione.lombardia.it1530
Marchesite:*regione.marche.it590
Molisesite:*regione.molise.it70
Piemontesite:*regione.piemonte.it2400
Pugliasite:*regione.puglia.it21600
Sardegnasite:*regione.sardegna.it910
Siciliasite:*regione.sicilia.it12000
Toscanasite:*regione.toscana.it570
Trentino-Alto Adigesite:*regione.taa.it2240132
Umbriasite:*regione.umbria.it230
Valle d'Aostasite:*regione.vda.it1320
Venetosite:*regione.veneto.it2510

Trend

In order to get an idea about the trend in supporting free PDF readers this monitoring can be compared with the 1 May 2016 monitoring one, for example:

253 -     2016-11-01 Emilia-Romagna "adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader"
291 =     2016-05-01 Emilia-Romagna "adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader"
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-38 / 291 * 100 = -13.06 %

132 -     2016-11-01 Trentino-Alto Adige "lettore PDF libero"
129 =     2016-05-01 Trentino-Alto Adige "lettore PDF libero"
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  3 / 129 * 100 = 2.33 %

A positive contribute in supporting free PDF reader is:

  • any increment in "lettore PDF libero" occurrence
  • any decrement in "adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader" occurrence

therefore it is possible to draw the relative % trend in supporting free PDF readers:

What Italian Regions might do in the future

In the future Italian Regions could greatly demonstrate their interest in neutrality, freedom end open standards, if they committed:

  • to place side by side the current proprietary PDF readers' advertising with the equivalent Free Software PDF readers, by a link like “Scarica un lettore PDF libero” (“Download Free Software PDF readers”) and with buttons and icons available at PDFreaders.org’s graphics section
  • to recommend in their web content production guidelines, and in their web application design guidelines, an appropriate section about how to support Free Software PDF readers, motivationally explaining the eventual support for proprietary PDF readers
  • to consider adding in their web content production training courses an appropriate situation focused on how to support Free Software PDF readers, motivationally explaining the eventual support for proprietary PDF readers

Monitorings History

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