EPA Releases Draft Information Access Strategy, Calls for Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Draft Information Access Strategy, a report based on comments submitted to EPA online and in person since April as part of the National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information. The draft, which includes recommendations for improving access to environmental information, is available for comment until November 14, 2008. For background information about the National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information, see our previous blog post, “EPA Seeks Comments: Help Improve Access to Environmental Information.”

The recommendations put forth in this document include:

  • Enable People to Find Environmental Data and Information at EPA and Other Federal Agencies
  • Improve People’s Understanding of EPA Data and Information to Promote Appropriate Use
  • Organize EPA Information and Data into Formats that Promote Better Understanding and Facilitate Desired Uses
  • Use New Web Technologies to Empower People to Find, Understand and Use Environmental Information and Data

Each recommendation includes specific recommendations beneath the general title. For example, under the first recommendation, the specifics include “Improve the tools available to search for EPA’s digital information resources,” “Strengthen EPA’s network of information specialists,” and “Explore possible search partnerships with other Federal agencies.”

All four general recommendations include some interesting proposals for the future of access to environmental information and reflect the many ideas that EPA received from people like you. If you have comments about EPA’s report, be sure to submit your thoughts by November 14!

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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