More precisely, what are the federal government documents that you most want to see? Now’s your chance to speak up! Today, OpenTheGovernment.org and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) launched a new Web site called Show Us The Data: The Most Wanted Government Documents, aimed at identifying key government information not already online. The launch of the project follows President Obama’s two memos on the Freedom of Information Act and Transparency and Open Government, which direct federal agencies to proactively make information available to the public.
Through the Show Us the Data Web site, you can request information that you know or think the federal government has, or information that you think the government should be collecting or generating. Alternatively, you can vote on suggestions from other users.
This is the third “Most Wanted Documents” survey (the others are available here and here). Using this new Web site, created with the help of the Sunlight Labs, OpenTheGovernment.org and CDT are reaching out to government documents users in innovative ways. AALL is a founding member of OpenTheGovernment.org, and we encourage you to take a look at this exciting new project.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]