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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.

Summer at FGI

We haven’t been posting a lot here on FGI this summer, but it is not for lack of news. Most of us at FGI have just been on the road a lot: going to ALA, doing projects, and visiting family. As we start settling back in we’ll start posting more frequently again and catching up with developments in government information.

Happy 3rd anniversary FGI!

Where has the time gone? I was just looking at the list of FGI user accounts, and noticed that my account was created 3 years and 1 day ago!! In light of our 3rd anniversary, I’d like to highlight the FGI monthly archive located in the lower right column. This will add one more way of accessing FGI content besides the search,  browse, categories and RSS feed. Take a few minutes, browse back through the last 3 years, and let us know if you have any favorites.

Thanks to all of our visitors (we get over 2000 hits/day!!) for continuing to come back and reading the FGI blog. We really appreciate it!

–The FGI admins (Jim Jacobs, Daniel Cornwall, James Staub, Shinjoung Yeo and James Jacobs)

FGI Podcast 3 – Sunlight Foundation, LOCKSS, Bats & Broadband

FGI Podcast #3 is now available. Our 45 minute show included the following segments:

Sunlight Foundation Interview
Sunlight Foundation
Open House Project

Scott Matheson’s LOCKSS presentation
Spring 2007 Depository Library Council Proceedings
Scott’s LOCKSS Slides

Podcast Sampler
Ohio Outdoor Notebook Radio SpotsOhio’s Little Brown Bats (July 12, 2007)

Outro – Broadband Connection downloaded from the Internet Archive’s Open Source Audio collection and created by Sinister Dexter. Used under Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.

Our theme music and bumpers came from Set Me Free by DJ Topshelf and downloaded from Podsafe Audio.


What did you think about today’s show? Let us know! We have three ways you can give us feedback or make suggestions for future shows:

– Make a comment on the show blog at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/154
– Send a text comment to admin AT freegovinfo DOT info
– Record an audio comment up to 5MB and e-mail it to danielcornwall AT gmail DOT com.

Text messages will be read on the air and audio comments will be played unless you ask us not to.

We’d love to have some listener feedback to make our show better and to have more content. So if you like, love or hate anything about our podcast, do let us know.

2005 Free Culture & the Digital Library: “Govt Information in the Digital Era: Free Culture or Controlled Substance?”

Free Culture and the Digital Library
These are the notes I used for the presentation I gave at the Free Culture and the Digital Library conference and are based on the paper, Government Information in the Digital Era: Free Culture or Controlled Substance? by Karrie Peterson (NCSU Libraries, North Carolina State University) and James A. Jacobs (Data Services, University of California San Diego).

FGI Podcast #2 – FGI Roundtable, LOCKSS, Profile America, Scary Guy

Show notes for FGI podcast #2

Note: We still have things to learn about podcasting. This time it is audio leveling. The sound does go up and down a bit but hopefully won’t be too distracting. If you have tips about equalizing volume levels in Audacity, please send them our way in one of the comment options listed below:
Today’s 40 minute show had the following segments:

  • FGI Roundtable – Jim A Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo and Daniel Cornwall discuss what led them to work with Free Government Information and what we see as the big issues facing the government information community.
  • Elizabeth Cowell discusses the GPO LOCKSS pilot project at the Spring 2007 Depository Library Conference.
  • Podcast Sampler – we take a quick listen to Profile America, a podcast from the US Census bureau intended to be played by broadcasters. Check out other government podcasts.
  • Outro music – Scary Guy by Maria Daines used by permission. According to the story behind the song, this song was inspired by the global Scary Guy project.