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This week found guest the volunteers at Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info)(FGI) starting the following discussions we hope you will join:
In addition to starting the stories above, FGI volunteers started a new feature, a news aggregator. We have loaded up a lot of news feeds from online magazines, blogs and a few from the Government Printing Office and brought them together in one place for you to read them. Just look for the "news aggregator" link on the left hand side of the page. The news aggregator gives you the option of reading all the sources we at FGI find useful, or reading just ones from these four catagories:
This feature is very much in beta, so please check it out and offer us feedback and new sources, particularly blogs done by government document departments or librarians. Help us build a more useful tool. If you use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) or some other RSS reader, consider subscribing to the FGI Feed at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/feed to get FGI stories as they are posted.
This week found guest Blogger Tim Skeers and the volunteers at Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info)(FGI) starting the following discussions we hope you will join: Tim's posts
I was off in Anchorage last week, so this "New Discussions" covers the past two weeks. As the termination dust (Alaskan for snow) appears on the mountaintops ofJuneau, Alaska, Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info)volunteers have been busy saying hello to October BOTM Tim Skeers and wavinggoodbye to September BOTM Kris Kasianovitz, blogger of the month forSeptember, 2006. Along the way we started the following conversations wehope you will join:
A short one from The Chronicle Daily News Blog: Researchers and all other visitors at facilities run by the National Archives and Records Administration would be subject to close inspections of their personal property under regulations proposed today in the Federal Register. The proposal, for which the agency seeks public comment by November 27, would broaden the scope of people subject to searches and would expand the number of National Archives facilities where the searches would be conducted.
Pete writes "Here is a Wired story giving just a hint about the reading habits of the super secret NSA. "The tantalizing tables of contents to the best spy magazines you'll probably never get to read have been posted online, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request that pried open four classified National Security Agency publications. "This is one of the first glimpses we have had into NSA's own library — and it's a safe bet there are some gems in there," said Secrecy News editor Steven Aftergood."
This week found guest Blogger Kris K. and the volunteers at Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info)(FGI) starting the following discussions we hope you will join: Kris' posts
A former lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission has said the agency ordered the destruction of a 2004 draft working paper that examined the effect of corporate group ownership on local television news coverage. Adam Candeub, who was an attorney-advisor in the FCC's Media Bureau before joining the Michigan State University law faculty, told AP that high-ranking FCC officials directed staff members to destroy "every last piece" of the draft and that the project "was just stopped" afterward. More.
The British National Archives, once the dusty haunt of academic historians, solicitors' clerks and UFO conspiracists, are now an international e-publishing phenomenon. Some six million people visited the archives electronically last year, to view records or order documents from a thousand years of British history. With new technology introduced this year making resources more accessible to nonspecialists, that number is likely to soar.
Meanwhile, through a series of innovative licensing deals, the organisation is taking an unusual approach to the task of digitising even obscure archives: it's encouraging private firms to foot the bill for doing so, in return for a certain amount of exclusivity - often time-limited - on the use of data. One result, according to chief executive Natalie Ceeney, is to create a thriving industry for genealogy websites in the UK - and the study of our ancestors is already one of the biggest pursuits on the web.
After a week hiatus and some interface changes at Free Government Information, New Discussions is back. This month we bid goodby to August guest blogger Peggy Garvin and say hello to September blogger of the month Kris Kasianovitz. Thanks Peggy and welcome Kris! Since our last posting of new stories, the volunteers at Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info)(FGI) started the following discussions we hope you will join:
Starting this week, I will will only comment on FDSys activity if it seems significant, or if the main site or blog goes dark for longer than a month. If you don't already subcribe to the FDSys blog at http://fdsys.blogspot.com, you should be. One of the new features of FGI is being able to see the five most e-mailed items. As of this Monday, the most e-mailed items were:
Anonymous Patron writes "courant.com: In a bureaucratic form of hara-kiri, the federal Environmental Protection Agency is boxing up records and shutting down three of its regional libraries in anticipation of federal budget cuts.
Libraries in Dallas, Chicago and Kansas City will close at the end of this month. Public access to records will be curtailed — all in anticipation of the new federal budget year beginning in October."