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Just launched: FOIA wiki

This is very cool. Check out — and bookmark right away! — the just released FOIA wiki. This looks to be a great resource not just for journalists, but for researchers of all stripes as they wend their way through the arcane and sometimes frustrating world of FOIA. And while you’re at it, check out the sites of the organizations which helped to build FOIA wiki — the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the FOIA Project, MuckRock, and FOIA Mapper. Thanks to them for moving the FOIA needle forward.

IF CONFUSION IS THE FIRST STEP TO KNOWLEDGE, FOIA users must be geniuses. Fee categories. Pre-determination agency actions. Multitrack processing. Administrative appeals. Glomar responses. In some ways, the FOIA is as impenetrable as it is helpful, but a new resource wants to change all that: FOIA Wiki, which launched in beta today.

It’s a free and collaborative FOIA resource created by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, with support from the FOIA Project, MuckRock, FOIA Mapper — and soon users like you.

via Just launched: A tool that will make life easier for FOIA reporters – Columbia Journalism Review.

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