Yes, you can call it sharing if you put a Creative Commons license on any digital file. But how open is it and useful to others if it is either in a file type that requires special, proprietary software, or is in a file format that only allows viewing as a whole?

Can you make a case for going beyond legal openness?

Find something you may have shared yourself under a CC license, or that your employer/ organization has shared that could be done in a more technically open format. See Wikimpdia’s list of open file formats for possible alternatives. Create a prototype of this alterative format, and then write a blog post, or write and email to your colleagues making a case why an open format for their content is more reusable and will have a longer shelf life.

Example for "Make a Case for Legal AND Technical Openness":
http://cogdogblog.com/2017/06/open-as-in-not-pdf/

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