David Herzog writes on the RJI site, “The findings from the survey, conducted as part of my fellowship at RJI, show that government data – whether it’s a spreadsheet or database file – has become a key ingredient of U.S. daily newspaper reporting.”
Of those surveyed, many reporters noted deficiencies in government websites. According to one reporter, “We don’t know what it is that they’re not putting online.”
Herzog shares a few of the notable complaints from reporters using government websites:
“They just don’t put enough of it there”
“I end up going to Google”
“Getting current records is often difficult”
Each G-20 meeting has created its own Web site of documents, with varying degrees of comprehensiveness. No central repository exists of G-20 documentation, but some recent initiatives might help.
Bloomberg Law has started a G-20 Declarations library under the “Global Law” tab. It includes declarations from the G-20 summits since 2008. http://www.bloomberglaw.com
Search > Global Law > World Organizations > Group of 20 > Declarations
The common policy objectives in modern liberal democracies of promoting open and accountable government and of preserving national culture and heritage are reflected in the provision of access to, and the preservation of unpublished and published works held by government. A wide spectrum of social enquiry is in whole or in part dependent on these government preserved holdings.
The policy objectives in Australia are manifested in two ways. One is in government archival practices and laws. The other is in the Australian Copyright Act 1968 facilitating access to, and the preservation of, unpublished and published works held by archives and libraries. While preservation of these works and the costs associated with it are in themselves a recognition of the public interest in accessing works held by archives and libraries, existing laws and practices facilitating access should be reviewed in light of technological changes in way we access, create and communicate works and in light of further moves towards openness in government.
This article outlines present archival practices and laws in Australia, and the scope of Copyright Act provisions, before turning to reform. The focus will be on the Australian federal sphere.
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