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Sunlight Foundation Announces the National Data Catalog

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 15:01

My name is Nicko and I'm with the Sunlight Foundation. I wanted to give you personal notice about a project you'll be interested in. It's called the National Data Catalog and it pulls together government data across all branches (executive, agencies, etc) and levels (federal, state, and local). This will be a very useful resource for librarians and educators because it is the most comprehensive and easily navigable index of government data.

http://nationaldatacatalog.com/

Missouri's 'blue books' made extinct by Legislature

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 01:45

Missouri is cutting back in the book-publishing trade, in part because it already has a stack of books nobody seems to want.

On Thursday, the Missouri Legislature voted to eliminate the hard-bound version of the official state manual, known as the "blue book," and cull many old sections from the even heftier 20-volume set of state laws.

Full article here

American Booksellers Association's New E-Fairness Action Kit Launches

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 03/10/2010 - 09:19

Do you think Amazon.com and other internet-only businesses have a right to sell product without collecting sales tax when brick & mortar businesses have been collecting and sending in taxes for years?

If so...skip to the next story...or add your comment below.

National Archives' new director is a kid in a candy store

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 14:39

National Archives' new director is a kid in a candy store
Ferriero, 64, began work in November and had his ceremonial swearing-in Wednesday as the director of the National Archives and Records Administration. He was inaugurated into a little-known job that puts him not only at the helm of the United States' 10 billion-item trove of documents, but also at the forefront of efforts to make the U.S. government as transparent as possible to its citizens.

Many More Government Records Compromised in 2009 than Year Ago, Report Claims

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 12/23/2009 - 11:49

Many More Government Records Compromised in 2009 than Year Ago, Report Claims
If you're bummed about the data in your department that just got breached, you have some cold comfort. Although the combined number of reported data breaches in the government and the military has dropped in 2009 compared to last year, many more records were compromised in those breaches, according to recent figures compiled by a California nonprofit.

DOJ Pays $15M for Legal Research, Including $4M for Pacer

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 12/15/2009 - 11:13

An open records advocate contends that a free source of legal documents could eventually save the federal government $1 billion, and he offers the Justice Department as Exhibit A.

A freedom of information request by Carl Malamud reveals that Justice Department paid more than $4 million in 2009 for access to the Pacer electronic filing system, according to the Wired blog Threat Level.

Full piece at ABA Journal