FOI Notes: Open Data Book, U.S. Reports, U.K. Guide

3 February 2012

Open Data:  Josh Tauberer, self-described as “software developer, entrepreneur, and civic hacker based in Washington, DC” has posted a work-in-progress “book” on the history of open government data and providing open data principles.

United States: The New York Times writes about getting a response to a 1997 FOI request and the problem of delayed responses.

United States: Another harsh review of President Obama’s record on transparency, this one by Conor Friedersdorf for The Atlantic magazine.

United States: Rachel Bunn of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press reports: “Despite President Barack Obama‘s promise for more transparency in government, the administration has a long way to go, according to experts at a open government conference held in Washington, D.C., on Friday.”

United States: President Obama ‘s goal for completing the declassification processing of a backlog of more than 400 million pages of classified historical records that were over 25 years old won’t be met, reports Steven Aftergood on his Secrecy News blog.

United Kingdom: The Information Commissioner issues a plain English guide to the U.K. FOI law

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