While working on the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States project updating Arizona databases, I ran across this resource:
I don’t think this is a deliberate attempt on Arizona’s part to discourage access to records, but it does illustrate that there is much more to providing access to public records than simply putting them online. Ideally an agency considers the formats that citizens are likely to use and uses technologies that require low levels of involvement from users. Or, failing that, posting the data in an easy to manipulate format (spreadsheets, xml, pdf, etc) that other people and organizations can use to provide better access.
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