Updated Guides to Government Info Access Laws
Catching up with some updates released in August:
CRS has updated its Access to Government Information in the United States report. The latest edition is dated August 31, 2009 (via OpenCRS.com).
The Justice Department released its 2009 edition of Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act on August 10. The announcement says the “2009 edition contains a newly updated and revised discussion of all aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, as amended by the OPEN Government Act, including the Act’s procedural requirements, its exemptions and exclusions, as well as considerations applicable to FOIA litigation.”
AP reports on Cyber Cemetery
The Associated Press (AP) has a story out today covering the Cyber Cemetery project at the University of North Texas Libraries. I came across a version at the Federal News Radio website, but I imagine it has been picked up elsewhere:
Government Web sites kept alive at Cyber Cemetery, 14 September 2009.
W3C Draft: Publishing Open Government Data
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has posted a first draft of their eGovernment Working Group’s guidelines for governments putting data on the Web, Publishing Open Government Data. (And hey! It’s not in PDF format.)
The W3C posted this notice on their website on September 9:
Today, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announces a draft work plan for the eGovernment Interest Group, whose mission is to document, advocate, coordinate and communicate best practices, solutions and approaches to improve the interface between citizens and government through effective use of Web standards. The draft charter, in review by the W3C community until the end of September, focuses on two topics: Open Government Data (OGD), and Education and Outreach. In line with its anticipated focus on Open Government Data, the group also announces today a first draft of Publishing Open Government Data, which provides step-by-step guidelines for putting government data on the Web. Sharing data according to these guidelines enables greater transparency; delivers more efficient public services; and encourages greater public and commercial use and re-use of government information. Learn more about the W3C eGovernment Activity.
[hat tip DB/eCitizen]
September 11 Remembrance, Day of Service, Patriot Day
USA.gov has assembled links to information on the September 11, 2001 memorials, ceremonies, and history at 9/11 Commemorations and Information.
President Obama has issued a proclamation, Patriot Day and National Day of Service Remembrance, 2009. Also from the White House, to Congress: notice of continuation of the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat, and a message from the President regarding the emergency declared with respect to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
By remembering, we honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.