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Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

FGI Research: Projects and Ideas

Since its inception in 2005, we at Free Government Information have envisioned this group conducting and promoting research of various types into government information. This page is dedicated to that goal.

This page is divided into two sections: 1) The research that the FGI volunteers themselves are conducting or have completed and 2) Ideas that we do not currently have the resources to carry out but which we hope will inspire others.


Current and past FGI conducted projects

  • EPA Document Tagging Project (started 1/18/2008) – Can document users and others improve the findability of government documents and add value via del.icio.us? Join us in finding out! We are planning to compile results on this project in early May 2008.



Ideas for Research

These are for anybody, but especially for LIS students looking to improve knowledge in the field of government information. If you know of a project that already covers an idea below, please let us know!

  • Calculate the storage space for a year’s worth of FDLP documents
  • Analyze agency robot.txt files to see which agencies exclude search engines from all or part of their web sites.
  • Estimate the percentage of an agency’s PDF files that have keyword and description metadata.
  • Estimate amount of agency documents in older formats (wordperfect, etc)
  • Survey non-internet users on how (or whether) they access government information.

If you’ve got other government information research oriented ideas, please send them our way, either in comments or by e-mail admin AT freegovinfo DOT info.

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