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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.

Spring [Training], March [Blogging], et al.

Thanks so much to the editors of FGI for allowing me the extreme pleasure of blogging this month! I understand March has come in like a [don’t say it] lion in many parts of the eastern United States.

Well, its baseball weather here in Los Angeles and Orange Counties — 70 degree temps with perhaps the slightest chance of rain imaginable…

Throughout this wonderful month, as the Dodgers and A’s toil in Spring Training, I’ll do my level best to keep the FGI blog well stocked with stories of government information from across jurisdictional boundaries.

It’s my pleasure!

Welcome OCLC Abstract Readers!

Welcome to any new visitor who may have gotten here as a result of the mid-August issue of OCLC Abstracts, which highlighted our Best Titles Ever/Oddly Titled Government Documents WorldCat list. By now you’ve probably visited our Best Titles Ever page and seen some of the documents not indexed on WorldCat.

We hope you’ll stick around to check out issues pages because there are significant threats to government information in the electronic age that go well beyond crude censorship.

We also hope you’ll visit our remixes/mashup page so you can see what people are currently doing with freely available US federal government information and get inspired to make your remixes.

And if you live in the United States, we’d really like you to check out our vision of the decentralized depository library system of the future and do what you can to promote that to your Congress members instead of the largely centralized model for electronic information proposed by the Government Printing Office.

For every visitor, if you like what you see here, download our browser toolbar and have access to all of FGI’s many resources plus many other government information resources whereever you go on the Internet!