Petition – Require free online permanent public access to ALL federal government information and publications

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 2, 2013

James R. Jacobs – Government Information Librarian – Stanford University: “…[we have created] a petition on the White House’s “We the People” petition site. If you believe in free permanent public access to authentic government information, we hope you’ll sign the petition. And if every one of the @2500 govdoc-l subscribers signs, posts to their Facebook accounts and sends to 10 friends who sign, we’ll reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by April 11, 2013! If we get enough signatures, the White House will respond and the FDLP community will move forward by leaps and bounds.” See the Petition and the Context.
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Require free online permanent public access to ALL federal government information and publications.
1. Assure that GPO has the funds to continue to maintain and develop the Federal Digital System (FDsys).
2. Raise ALL Congressional, Executive & Judicial branch information, publications & data to the level of federally funded scientific information & publish ALL government information as “Open Access.”
3. Mandate the free permanent public access to other Federal information currently maintained in fee-based databases – including the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), & USA Trade Online.
4. Establish an interagency, govt-wide strategy to manage the entire lifecycle of digital government information w/ FDLP Libraries – publication, access, usability, bulk download, long-term preservation, standards & metadata.

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