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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.

GITCO VIRTUAL FORUM – JOIN US MONDAY, MAY 18TH – 2PM PST/3PM MST/4PM CST/5PM EST

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TOPIC: GITCO committee structure and our impact within GODORT and beyond

Accessing government information electronically is now common in both US and international contexts. How can GITCO best position itself withing GODORT/ALA and beyond to provide leadership on issues associated with electronic government information?

This session is meant to be a brainstorm — to collect ideas and examples, rather than to follow each contribution to its conclusion. The room will be open after the session if you would like to add things after the planned session. There is also a brief participant survey which includes a place for feedback.

Agenda for Today’s Forum:

* introductions
* logistics
* reflections on past projects
* reflections on committee structure within GODORT
*take the survey

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Recovery.gov National IT Dialog site open for comments April 27 – May 3

I don’t see a post yet about the latest comment instrument on Recovery.gov — the “Recovery Dialogue: Information Technology Solutions” site here . The premise is — What ideas, tools, and approaches can make Recovery.gov a place where the public can monitor the expenditure and use of recovery funds? Also with this entertaining u-tube intro

This seems like a thread that documents librarians can really sink our teeth into. See the latest post by scholar Katy Borner from IU on semantic web enhancements

“Recovery.gov should adopt semantic web technologies as key enablers for promoting an agile, transparent data ecosystem in which federal agencies and other recipients of stimulus monies can share spending and performance data in a way that is truly transparent, readily available, and useful to anyone who wants to view, consume, or analyze the information. ”

Come on – help them out this week!

GITCO VIRTUAL FORUM – JOIN US FRIDAY, April 24th – 10AM PST/11AM MST/12PM CST/1PM EST

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TOPIC: emerging issues in ADVOCACY for electronic government information

Accessing government information electronically is now common in both US and international contexts. How have communications with government providers, with users and communities changed?

This session is meant to be a brainstorm — to collect ideas and examples, rather than to follow each contribution to its conclusion. The room will be open after the session if you would like to add comments after the planned session. There is also a brief participant survey which includes a place for feedback.

Agenda for Today’s Forum:

*introductions
*logistics
*how have communications with government information providers changed? US/international, etc.
*what are the most important things users need to know now to gain access to electronic gov info — how should librarians be supporting these needs?
*How can GITCO help librarians with electronic gov info advocacy? What resources, or tools should we be producing?
*take the survey

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GITCO VIRTUAL FORUM – JOIN US HERE Monday March 23rd 9AM PST/10AM MST/11AM CST/12PM EST

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TOPIC: Emerging issues for USERS of electronic government information

Accessing government information electronically is now common in both US and international contexts. How have user experience and requirements changed?

This session is meant to be a brainstorm — to collect ideas and examples, rather than to follow each contribution to its conclusion. The room will be open after the session if you would like to add comments after the planned session. There is also a brief participant survey which includes a place for feedback.

Agenda for Today’s Forum:

*introductions
*logistics
*how are users accessing it now? US/international, etc.
*what do users ask now — have questions changed?
*digital divide?
*take the survey

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NYU Libraries Hosts Live Webcast of National Event Exploring Government Secrecy and Openness During Sunshine Week

A live webcast of a discussion on the impact of government suppression and manipulation of scientific information on public health, safety, and accountability at national, state, and local levels, entitled “Closed Doors; Open Democracies?”, will be hosted by New York University Libraries’ Business and Government Documents Center and the Coles Science Salon on Monday, March 12, from 1-2:30 p.m. The webcast will be shown at 19 W. 4th Street, room 101 in New York City.

The event features Ira Flatow, host and executive producer of NPR’s “Science Friday” and two panels of experts in a national dialogue addressing issues of access to government information. The webcast is free and open to the public. Visit OpenTheGovernment.org for a list of venues, registration information, and more.

The first panel will focus on national issues and will feature such speakers as Francesca Grifo, senior scientist and director of Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, presenting an overview on “how secrecy can make you sick”; Rick Piltz, whistleblower on the Bush administration’s manipulation of scientific reporting related to global warming; Susan Wood, former FDA official who quit over the delay of Plan B; and Jay Dyckman, director of The Knowledge Project.

Panel 2 focuses on state and local issues. Speakers include Dorothy Biggs, former EPA librarian; Bill Wolfe, director, NJ Chapter of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility; and Mark Tapscott, editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner.

The program originates from the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and kicks off Sunshine Week 2007.

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