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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.

Ric Davis named CTO of Govt Printing Office

Ric Davis, former acting Superintendent of Documents of the Govt Printing Office — and FGI guest blogger 🙂 — has just been named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of GPO (PDF). Congratulations to Mr. Davis. I’m sure his prior work with the FDLP, FDsys, and GPO Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) will put him in good stead to do the ongoing technological work needed at the GPO.

Welcome Jinbonet Korean Progressive Network as February 2011 bloggers of the month

We have a group of special guests on the FGI podium this month. Please welcome the Korean information activists from the [w:Korean Progressive Network (Jinbonet)] (for more, see Jinbonet’s biography and the Jinbonet about page in English). Jinbonet is over twelve-year-old organization based in Seoul, South Korea that provides ICT services (web hosting, mailing list, webmail) to that country’s progressive movement, civil society and workers unions. Jinbonet actively works to protect human rights in the information society such as the freedom of opinion and expression in cyber space, the right to access information, and the right of privacy. Welcome Jinbonet!

Shinjoung Yeo will be providing editing and translation help for this month’s BOTM posts. Thanks Shinjoung!

Jinbonet Korean Progressive Network, bloggers of the month for February, 2011

[w:Korean Progressive Network (Jinbonet)] is a nine-year-old organization in Seoul, South Korea. Jinbonet is a network that provides ICT services (web hosting, mailing list, webmail) to that country’s progressive movement, civil society and workers unions.

The activist/staff of Jinbonet include:

Oh, Byoungil (antiropy@gmail.com twitter: @antiropy): Staff (coordinator) of Korean Progressive Network ‘Jinbonet’ since 1998. member of IPLeft since 1999.

??? YK Chang (della.yk@gmail.com): Founding member and Staff of Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet since 1998. She works for advocating freedom of expression on the internet and privacy.

??? Jung, Minkyung (jmk6@jinbo.net): Staff of Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet since 2009

Welcome Pratt library students to the FGI podium

We’ve got a special treat for you this month. Several Pratt Library School students have volunteered to be FGI guest bloggers for the month of October. So welcome Johanna Blakely-Bourgeois, Krissa Corbett Cavouras, and Sara Medlicott to the FGI podium. Johanna, Kriss and Sara have agreed to take turns and put their names at the end of their posts so readers will be able to tell the difference between them. Take it away! And thanks also to SILS faculty member Debbie Rabina for helping to put this opportunity together for her students.

Many thanks also goes to Nathan Yang, our guest blogger for September!

Pratt SILS students, bloggers of the month for October 2010

Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
October 2010
FGI Guest Blogging Biographies

Johanna Blakely-Bourgeois started her career as an attorney, having worked in the real estate industry for 8 years in New York City and having litigated bankruptcy and foreclosure cases for 2 years in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey prior to that. She is currently a full-time graduate student at Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, navigating the world of librarianship technology and terminology. Currently studying French and a former student of German, she seeks one day to steer her librarianship career into international waters.

Krissa Corbett Cavouras worked as a writer and editor before beginning her master’s degree in Information and Library Science at Pratt SILS. Her focus is on issues of copyright and open access, and her concentration at Pratt has been in legal research and government documents. She has worked at the Bar Association of the City of New York in their Library, and for the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University Libraries. She currently serves as Dr. Pattuelli’s Graduate Assistant at Pratt SILS.

Sara Medlicott is a Masters Candidate at the Pratt School of Information and Library Science. She is currently working on a digitization project at the Pratt Center for Community Development and volunteering with Correctional Services at New York Public Library. This past summer, Sara served as visiting library faculty at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City, where she taught a course on digital research.