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Is Government 2.0 on the way?

The Guardian reports that British government has issued a report called The Power of Information, which urges the government to engage with grassroots web activism.

A snippet from the article: "Imagine Government 2.0. Wisdom no longer flows from officialdom to the population, but is co-created with citizens. Civil servants contribute openly to Facebook groups on controversies of the day. Government websites have wiki areas where people can exchange tips about filing tax returns or claiming benefits."

CIA Declassifies Docs

"The CIA recently delivered more than 420,000 additional pages of redacted declassified electronic records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility in College Park, Maryland. The declassified CIA records are hosted on the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST), which is an electronic search and retrieval system. CREST now includes more than 10 million pages of records declassified under Executive Order 12958."

NARA seeks help in taking archives online News: As part of an effort to bolster online access to its documents, the National Archives and Records Administration is looking for a small business to help it improve the digitization and scanning capabilities of its Archives II site in College Park, Md.

NARA wants the contractor to supply and install new computers and the accompanying server and software. It also wants the company to train the staff on the new systems and provide maintenance for at least one year,

$3.0m for new national archive in Fiji

Good News From Fiji where $3.8million will be used to build a new complex and renovate the old National Archives.

Government archivist Setareki Tale said construction of the new complex, which started in 2005, would be completed by the end of the year.

He said the project was to ensure the proper preservation and safe custody of records held in the archive.

Why would a federal agency trash its libraries?

Jeff Ruch Says the Environmental Protection Agency seems to have a real knack for self-inflicted wounds. EPA gave itself a black eye and enraged librarians throughout the country last year, when, without public notice or congressional consultation, it began the process of dismantling its network of 26 technical libraries.

The original rationale EPA offered for slashing libraries was fiscal, but it estimated only $1.5 million in savings from a more-than-$8 billion budget. It seemed a most curious economy.

NPR Takes Notice of the CyberCemetery

Starr Hoffman writes "On March 10th, NPR's Weekend Edition aired a story on the University of North Texas Libraries' CyberCemetery . The CyberCemetery, which is now affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, archives the websites of defunct government agencies and commissions.

You can read the transcript or listen to an mp3 of the story on NPR's website, or you can access the original, uncut version by the North Texas NPR affiliate, KERA."

Archive Overload

Archive Overload Wayne Onkst of Erlanger, Ky., inherited a $10 million problem when he took over as the Kentucky state librarian in November.

By law, the state librarian is responsible for housing Kentucky's public records and archives. But the state ran out of storage space in 2005 and clamped a moratorium on accepting new documents.

Before Onkst arrived, state library officials decided the solution was to add 16,000 square feet of storage space to the Kentucky state library building in the state capital of Frankfort.

Library of Congress National Recording Registry 06

Search-Engines writes "Twenty-five culturally important recordings — including an episode of "The Lone Ranger," President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to Congress the day after the Pearl Harbor attack and one from the Rolling Stones, The Ronettes and Sam Cooke, Paul Simon, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Marley among others — were selected Tuesday for preservation in a special sound archive. Here's The Scoop"

Ripped-Off Congressional Videos - Get it Here

Kelly writes "Today's LISNEWs about C-Span dinging Nancy Pelosi using some of their footage reminded me of a story from today's stash of Boing Boing articles. In this story, this guy is ripping Congress webcasts, which are streaming only, and archiving them! (Like a good librarian?) This is cool. Here's the scoop from the article: `The U.S. Congress provides webcasts for many of their hearings. In all cases, the hearings are streaming only, in many cases they are "live only" (no archive of the stream). In some cases, the committees even put a "copyright, all rights reserved" notice on the hearings! This is really dumb. So, I've started ripping all congressional streams starting with the house and posting them in a nonproprietary format for download, tagging, review, and annotation at Google Video and another copy at the Internet Archive (just to prove this is a nondenominational issue. This is a Tom Sawyer hack, a la "painting this fence is *loads* of fun!" I intend to prove to the Congressional webmasters that it is so much fun doing their web sites for them that they'll want to do it themselves so that I go away. Until then, look for "Carl Malamud on behalf of the U.S. Congress" for official news. Link to Boing article Link to ripped videos"

OpenCongress site launches

OpenCongress, launched yesterday, "brings together official government data with news and
blog coverage to give you the real story behind each bill."

OpenCongress is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the
Participatory Politics Foundation. It brings together on one site
congressional info from Thomas, news from Google News, blog posts from
Google Blog Search and Technorati, campaign contribution info from the
Center for Responsive Politics, and their own 'congressional gossip' blog.


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