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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.

FEC makes data available in multiple formts

Disclosure Data Catalog, Federal Election Commission

“Each of the files listed here can be downloaded in either csv or xml formats. Each also has a metadata page that describes the information included and the structure of the file itself. There is a pdf version of each file if you need to print the information. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for each of the files so you’re notified whenever new data is available or a change is made.”

Also see the Commission’s Disclosure Data Blog where the FEC will post information about the files and its future plans. And: they say that “you can get help with any questions about the data we’re providing here.”

New blog: National Security Archive

The National Security Archive at George Washington University announced its new blog today: Unredacted: The National Security Archive, Unedited and Uncensored. The announcement says:

The National Security Archive is pleased to open its virtual doors with a new behind-the-scenes blog, “Unredacted: The National Security Archive, Unedited and Uncensored,”. The Archive’s own experience with thousands of Freedom of Information Act and Mandatory Declassification Review requests provides a wealth of data and fundamental lessons that we hope to share with you.

“Unredacted” will highlight never before publicly seen government documents as part of our regular “Document Friday” series. The blog will feature commentary and analysis from our experts on current news stories, events, ongoing litigation and advocacy efforts, newly-released documents, and other hot topics. We will regularly highlight some of our top document collections — including unpublished collections donated by top journalists and authors — that are available to researchers and the public.

The new blog will also tell you more about the Archive’s global activities, including reports from the field as Archive staff travel to document archives around the world, assist international courts and tribunals with human rights cases, support efforts to enact and implement freedom of information laws in other nations, and attend meetings and conferences with other NGO representatives and high-level government officials.

FCC’s new Open Internet Blog

The Federal Communications Commission has a new blog: blog.openinternet.gov. The blog is intended to have “expert commentary from FCC staff on how best to preserve the Internet’s openness and questions that arise during this debate.” And, in the first post on the site, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski says, “Our staff hopes to use this forum not only to share ideas but also to receive them. We encourage all visitors to weigh in with their own thoughts and engage in an open dialogue.”

Want a flavor of the blog? Try this bit about network neutrality from a post by the Jon Peha, the FCC’s Chief Technologist:

Back in the 1980s, I spent much of my time thinking about an obscure topic – how to manage the flow of packets around the Internet, particularly if anyone were ever crazy enough to try telephone-like or TV-like services over what was obviously just a computer network. Like most grad students, I thought my dissertation topic was important to everyone. Sometimes after parties, my girlfriend at that time would remind me that a handful of engineers might care about such things, but normal humans, including lawyers like her, never would. But two decades later, it was mostly lawyers who were grappling with critical decisions on this topic, while most engineers paid little attention.

The blog will also offer timely information on the FCC’s latest activities to preserve an open Internet.

NARA blog

The National Archives has started a blog, NARAtions, because, “we are hoping to talk with you about online public access to the records held by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).”

(Hat tip to Kate!)

Blog examines rumors, conspiracy theories

This blog has been around for at least a year, but I hadn’t seen it till recently. It looks worth a bookmark:

Examining rumors, conspiracy theories and false stories. Todd Leventhal, a State Department expert on these issues, discusses deliberate disinformation, unintentional misinformation, cautionary tales known as “urban legends,” and widely believed conspiracy theories.

[Note to grammarians: Yes, I added the comma after “Myths” in the title. Could … not … control … inner … comma … fanatic….]