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

This is the second monitoring about the post campaign Free Software PDF Readers, launched by Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) in 2009.

The first monitoring is available in the post “adoption of Free Software PDF readers in Italian Regional Public Administrations”.

Current State

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 May 2016)
Italian RegionSearched word
NameSearched Domain"adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader""lettore PDF libero"
Abruzzosite:*regione.abruzzo.it660
Basilicatasite:*regione.basilicata.it1680
Calabriasite:*regione.calabria.it620
Campaniasite:*regione.campania.it4670
Emilia-Romagnasite:*regione.emilia-romagna.it2913
Friuli-Venezia Giuliasite:*regione.fvg.it730
Laziosite:*regione.lazio.it2730
Liguriasite:*regione.liguria.it860
Lombardiasite:*regione.lombardia.it1690
Marchesite:*regione.marche.it630
Molisesite:*regione.molise.it70
Piemontesite:*regione.piemonte.it2400
Pugliasite:*regione.puglia.it168000
Sardegnasite:*regione.sardegna.it910
Siciliasite:*regione.sicilia.it12400
Toscanasite:*regione.toscana.it570
Trentino-Alto Adigesite:*regione.taa.it2240129
Umbriasite:*regione.umbria.it220
Valle d'Aostasite:*regione.vda.it1110
Venetosite:*regione.veneto.it2620

Trend

In order to get an idea about the trend in supporting free PDF readers this monitoring can be compared with the 5 November 2015 monitoring one, for example:

291 -    2016-05-01 Emilia-Romagna "adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader"
337 =    2015-11-05 Emilia-Romagna "adobe reader" OR "acrobat reader" OR "adobe acrobat reader"
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-46 / 337 * 100 = -13.65 %


  3 -     2016-05-01 Emilia-Romagna "lettore PDF libero"
  2 =     2015-11-05 Emilia-Romagna "lettore PDF libero"
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  1 / 2 * 100 = 50.0 %

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

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