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Chicago meeting of the Independent Government Observers Taskforce

I am SOOO bummed that I can’t be in Chicago tomorrow and Tuesday, but I hope there are some Chicago area librarians who can make it to the first “non-conference” of the Independent Government Observers Taskforce (IGOTF). Carl Malamud and his posse has pulled together a group of Govt observistas to…

  • Encourage technical coordination
  • Encourage training and outreach efforts
  • Raise visibility of efforts by citizens to increase transparency of government
  • Determine the need for and arrive a plan for the creation of support services, such as scanning of archives or hosting of content.

Doesn’t that just sound like something in which libraries should be involved?!?!? To top it off, I just saw the agenda for the Municipal govt group (on google groups) and the first item is:

Cataloging and standardization*

How to make available data easier to find and work with (clearinghouses, indexes, formats, etc.)

So please, Please, PLEASE get yourself over to the Gleacher Conference Center at the University of Chicago tomorrow and Tuesday (Aug 4-5). If anyone DOES go, please drop updates in the comments or send notes to admin AT freegovinfo DOT info and we’ll post to FGI!


August 4-5, 2008
Gleacher Conference Center
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

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