Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Access (& Preservation) to ALL Government Information

I don't ask much of you dear reader but here's a cause - access and preservation of ALL government information - I can believe in and hope you will to. The Free Government Information blog has created a petition on White House's We The People site which reads:

Require free online permanent public access to ALL federal government information and publications.

1. Assure that GPO has the funds to continue to maintain and develop the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

2. Raise ALL Congressional, Executive & Judicial branch information, publications & data to the level of federally funded scientific information & publish ALL government information as "Open Access."

3. Mandate the free permanent public access to other Federal information currently maintained in fee-based databases - including the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), & USA Trade Online.

4. Establish an interagency, govt-wide strategy to manage the entire lifecycle of digital government information w/ FDLP Libraries - publication, access, usability, bulk download, long-term preservation, standards & metadata.

For the petition to get consideration they need 100,000 signatures by April 19. I've signed it, I hope you will too. (This FGI post provides more background info.)

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