Today's post comes from Joseph Scanlon, NARA's FOIA Officer July 4, 2015 was the 49th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the law that embodies the Federal Government’s commitment to public accountability through transparency. On July 10, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy announced the launch of a new pilot program … Continue reading NARA Participation in New FOIA Pilot
NARA is excited to participate in Government-wide Sunshine Week activities by launching our first Transcription Challenge in the National Archives Catalog! Here at the Archives, we like to say that there is a story in every box. Help us unlock those stories by transcribing the digitized records in the catalog. Our goal this week is … Continue reading Transcribe #1000pages for Sunshine Week
Today's post comes from Markus Most, Director of the Digitization Division at the National Archives. In September 2007, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) requested public input on a Draft Plan for Digitizing Archival Materials. Incorporating feedback from the public, NARA issued the Strategy for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 2007-2016 in May 2008. The strategy … Continue reading Have Your Say: Revising the Digitization Strategy
On Friday, May 31, 2014, the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero blogged about the release of our third Open Government Plan in the post, “Innovate to Make Access Happen.” You can access the agency’s newest Open Government Plan in PDF, Word, and at Archives.gov/open. Thank you for your feedback! We received more than … Continue reading NARA’s Open Government Plan for 2014-2016
Your participation and feedback is essential to the operations of the National Archives. As part of ongoing budget adjustments, the National Archives at Anchorage will close in the coming months, and archival records will be moved to the National Archives at Seattle. In order to make the Alaska records more broadly available to the public, … Continue reading Digitization of Alaska Records
It’s that time again! We are developing the agency’s third Open Government Plan and we need your suggestions for 2014-2016. Take a look at our overview of proposed actions for this plan and our previous plan and tell us what you would like to see included. How do you think we should further transparency, participation, and … Continue reading Have Your Say: Open Government at the Archives!
This post comes from Doug Ward in Information Services and Meredith Stewart in the Office of Innovation. The Open Data Policy states what we already know really well here at NARA -- information is a valuable national resource and a strategic asset to the Federal Government, its partners, and the public. We see this in … Continue reading Have Your Say: Open more data!
Guest blogger Elizabeth Lieutenant, a Master’s student in Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America, is a virtual intern in the Office of Innovation. This week we celebrated President’s Day, a U.S. federal holiday that officially honors George Washington’s birthday. While the holiday may be for George, we at the National Archives … Continue reading President's Day at the National Archives
Throughout this past year, the National Archives and Federal agencies have been working to implement the Digital Government Strategy by improving digital services to better serve you. We’ve worked toward specific milestones that improve access to government information and we launched Archives.gov/digitalstrategy to report on our progress. We sought your ideas for improvement in August … Continue reading Improving our digital services to better serve you
Last week, a bit of controversy erupted surrounding Wikipedia, after claims surfaced of contributors with paid consultancies editing with a conflict of interest after having been paid to use their Wikipedia savvy to promote their clients. While it is not my intention to get into the particulars of that case here—feel free to read more … Continue reading How does NARA avoid conflicts of interest on Wikipedia?