March 24, 2018

Access to Information: "Public Database That Tracks Physicians’ Malpractice Records Should Be Restored"

Are library groups planning to weigh in on the dbase being taken offline? From Public Citizen: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should restore public access to an online database that anonymously tracks physicians’ records of malpractice, medical errors and medical discipline, Public Citizen said in a letter sent today [9/13/2011] to the […]

Secretary Napolitano Announces the Launch of Study in the States

Secretary Napolitano Announces the Launch of Study in the States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton today announced a new initiative to streamline the international student visa process for foreign students seeking to study in the United States. The Study in the States initiative is a […]

UK Government: August 25, 2011 in London: "Riot Summit for Social Networks"

From the BBC: The major social networks have been called to the home office next Thursday to discuss the English riots. So far only Facebook has confirmed its attendance, although Blackberry has suggested it will also be there. Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry have all been criticised after it emerged that some rioters may have used […] Design Refresh — Comments Sought Design Refresh The National Weather Service is proposing a design refresh of the NWS website The proposed design was developed based on: Ongoing web survey for Ongoing user feedback Search query analysis Survey of NWS local offices Usability testing Best practices The proposed design refresh is the beginning of a phased effort […]

European citizens making more requests for Commission documents than ever before

European citizens making more requests for Commission documents than ever before Europe’s citizens are showing an ever greater interest in Commission activities, over a growing number of policy areas. That’s the conclusion of the latest annual report on public access to documents, which shows an 18% increase in the number of requests for documents in […]

New: Five Videos Recorded At IFLA Presidential Meeting Discuss Copyright, Open Access and Human Rights

Direct to Presentations Presentation by Ruth Okediji, University of Minnesota Law School “Legal and Policy Changes for Libraries in the Age of Digital Books” Presentation by Kai Ekholm, Chair of Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Committee “Access to Information as a Human Right” Additional Videos Copyright (CC License) Open Access Access […]

"Millions of Federal Court Records are Being Destroyed to Save Money"

“Millions of federal court records are being destroyed to save money” The federal courts are destroying millions of judicial case records that have been stored in the Federal Records Centers of the National Archives for decades, all in an effort to save money. The plan is to destroy all records on cases that did not […]

Access to Information: "EPA Publishes Rule to Improve Reporting of Chemical Information"

From Enviro-News: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is increasing the type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from chemical manufacturers, allowing the agency to better identify and manage potential risks to Americans’ health and the environment. The improved rule, known as the chemical data reporting rule (CDR), also requires that companies submit […]

Access to Information: Proactive Disclosure Initiative at Library and Archives Canada

From the Library and Archives Canada Web Site: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is proactively developing monthly summaries of completed Access to Information requests concerning LAC‘s own operational records as well as the Government of Canada’s records of historical significance under LAC‘s custody and control. This information will be featured on LAC‘s website, in the […]

Journal Article "Data rescue initiatives: bringing historical climate data into the 21st century"

Data rescue initiatives: bringing historical climate data into the 21st century The currently limited availability of long and high-quality surface instrumental climate records continues to hamper our ability to carry out more robust assessments of the climate. Such assessments are needed to better understand, detect, predict and respond to global climate variability and change. Despite […]