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Archives complex in Morrow hailed as model for nation

A Glowing Report from the National Archives and Records Administration’s Southeast Regional facility. Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States, gave welcoming remarks to the 250+ guests and staff saying, "There’s no place like this in the country."

The reason, he said, was that this building, along with its location, is a prototype for archival institutions to come. Weinstein went on to talk about the importance of having a National Archive and commended the Atlanta Regional Commission on Higher Education for their support of the archives as a way to promote democracy.

Help shape the future of government information

The Depository Library Council (DLC) invites the library community and general public to answer questions and post comments about the type of future they see for government information on their new blog, located at http://dlcvisionoutline.blogspot.com/.

Some of the topics that all citizens are being asked to consider are:

  1. Library Roles in the Non-Exclusive Environment
  2. Managing Collections & Delivering Content
  3. Adding Value
  4. Deploying Expertise

Take a look around, read a few of the background documents, and tell the Depository Library Council what kind of government information future the citizens of this country expect.

If you think that the blog postings only make sense to documents librarians, tell them that too. The DLC is looking for a vision that embraces all users of government information, not just depository librarians!

GAO gives NARA high marks for e-records project

Washington Technology Reports The National Archives and Records Administration has successfully achieved all major targets thus far for its Electronic Records Archives project to manage petabytes of information.

But the project still could be at risk of failure from a lack of specifications about its future size, access needs and preservation requirements, according to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office.

Hard-to-Get Policy Briefs For Congress Now Online

Kelly writes "Somebody is putting CRS reports online, including RSS feeds of them! According to this article from the June 28, 2005 Washington Post

It's a bit like Napster -- but for policy wonks...The Center for Democracy and Technology has created an online database of Congressional Research Service reports that anyone with an Internet connection can now tap free of charge. The often-coveted but elusive reports are produced by CRS, a public policy research arm of Congress. CRS, which boasts hundreds of analysts and a $100 million budget, churns out hundreds of briefs each year on a wide range of topics.

The URL for this site is: http://www.opencrs.com. The URL for the article is: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic le/2005/06/27/AR2005062701509.html -- Read More

Lose the file cabinets

Anonymous Patron writes "fcw.com Covers THe New PDF/A standard preps electronic documents for long-term archiving After seeking input from vendors, academia, federal agencies and others for help, Adobe and the U.S. Courts founded the Association for Information and Image Management's standards working group. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved the working group's results: the PDF Archival (PDF/A) standard. The standard will be available from ISO after publication in about a month at iso.org, according to a National Information Standards Organization newsletter.

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The Fading Memory of the State

Anonymous Patron writes "The Fading Memory of the State is a technologyreview.com piece on NARA. They say Electronic records rot much faster than paper ones, and NARA must either figure out how to save them permanently, or allow the nation to lose its grip on history."

GPO national digitization plan

Slashdot Points The Way to News From The GPO. GPO is working with the library community on a national digitization plan, with the goal of digitizing a complete legacy collection of tangible U.S. Government publications. The objective is to ensure that the digital collection is available, in the public domain, for no-fee permanent public access through the FDLP.

Long-sealed military files will be opened

STLtoday Reports Archivists are about to unseal a mother lode of military history along Page Avenue in Overland, Missouri.

A ceremony Saturday at the National Personnel Records Center will mark the opening of military files that until now have been off-limits to most Americans.In their drawn-out negotiations, the Pentagon and the National Archives decided to keep the records sealed until 62 years past the date an individual left active service.

That puts most World War II records out of reach for several more years.

Piercing The Fog: Opposing Government Secrecy

Kathleen writes "The National Freedom of Information Coalition, which advocates for open government held its 2005 conference.
Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley stated,"We all need to do a better job of persuading the public that freedom of information is not a media privilege but a key part of what keeps other freedoms alive for all."
Curley cited some encouraging developments in recent months, such as the Sunshine in Government Initiative by the AP and seven journalism organizations. The coalition, which was announced in March, is lobbying for legislation in Congress to speed the release of records under the federal Freedom of Information Act."

Payola Press Pimped by Bush Again

kathleen writes "An Agriculture Department agency paid a freelance writer at least $7,500 to write articles touting federal conservation programs and place them in outdoors magazines, according to agency records and interviews.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service hired freelancer Dave Smith in September 2003 to "research and write articles for hunting and fishing magazines describing the benefits of NRCS Farm Bill programs to wildlife habitat and the environment," according to agency procurement documents obtained by The Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request.

This is why the Freedom House press survey reported the decline in the U.S. score."

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