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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.

Latin American Government Documents Archive

The Latin American Network Information Center, part of the University of Texas at Austin library has been archiving Latin American government publications and websites since 2005. The center currently archives over 300 websites quarterly and provides access to the collection from their main portal on the LANIC website.

LANIC was an early pilot partner of the Archive-It web archiving service (part of Internet Archive) and serves as an important example of the need to preserve at risk born digital content by web archiving.

Prior to archiving websites, LANIC collected Latin American Government publications in print or printed out the early websites. Neither practice could be sustained as more and more information for each country is available online only. Now LANIC not only preserves the publications from each country of intrest, but they are able to preserve whole websites from elected officials and government agencies and related organizations, thus expanding their ability to collect and provide access to important Latin American government information. Please enjoy the collection!