Government Docs

Citizen provides improved access to digitized Senate intelligence committee report

VictorianMoss writes "Simson Garfinkel at MIT's Technology Review was appalled at the digitization of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's pre-war Iraq report, which was scanned in image-format. This, as you know, provides us with a document far larger and less usable than one can reasonably expect of a digital copy. As a result, Garfinkel has put together two OCR versions: one with the images, but made searchable by placing the text behind them, the other straight OCR, with some admitted and mostly typical errors. Both are smaller than the original.

See his blog for the PDFs and his comments on the matter."

Microfilm Mishap Destroys Bush Military Records

Anonymous Patron writes "The New York Times reports that portions of the historical record concerning President Bush's military service were destroyed during a project to salvage deteriorating microfilm. No paper backups could be located. Cf. Nicholson Baker, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper (2001)."

Gov Docs Digitization Ranking Survey respond by Jul 23

Daniel writes "The Government Printing Office is in the processing of selecting "legacy" (i.e. in print or microfiche) government publications to digitize and place on the Internet. If your library would like to express an opinion of what should go up first, point your browser to:gpoaccess.govHere's a brief background on the survey from GPO -- Read More

Transforming the Government Printing Office

Daniel writes "The Congressional General Accounting Office released a report today on the Government Printing Office:Government Printing Office: Actions to Strengthen and Sustain GPO's Transformation. GAO-04-830, June 30.
Currently, only the highlights are online, but the full report should be available shortly from both GAO and GPO.Here are some of the hightlights -- Read More

Too Many Secrets, Says Secrecy Czar - J. William Leonard frets about the breakdown of the classifica

An Anonymous Patron writes "Slate Reports On J. William Leonard who heads the Information Security Oversight Office, the National Archives branch that develops classification and declassification policies at the behest of the president, fretted over signs of a breakdown of the classification system for national security in a speach last month.
In his talk, given at a classification training seminar, Leonard complains that the system has lost touch with the "basics": Some agencies don't know how much information they classify; they don't know whether they're classifying more than they once did or less; they don't know whether they're classifying too much or too little; and they don't know whether they're classifying material for too long a period or too short."

Records management gets a little attention and respect

Anonymous Patron shares "this story from GCN.com

Ed McCeney is on a mission. He wants records management to become a hot topic in the eyes of federal employees. Mostly, he sees their eyes glaze over at its mention...federal officials are beginning to recognize that it’s crucial to every aspect of government business. And he believes the technology exists to make records management a strength for federal agencies.

Government Views of D-Day 1944

An Anonymous Patron writes "Government Views of D-Day 1944: Huge collection of links prepared by Grace-Ellen McCrann
(Chief, Reference & Government Documents Divisions), Cohen Library, and The City College of New York"

GPO hunts fugitives

Anonymous Patron sends news of an article from Federal Computer Week.
"As more federal agencies publish government information on Web sites without notifying GPO, important documents that should be indexed, catalogued and preserved for public access in the Federal Depository Library Program have instead become 'fugitive' documents, according to GPO officials."

LOC Wants to Interview for Veterans History Project

An Anonymous Patron sends "this from the Washington Times

The Library of Congress is stepping up its effort to collect oral histories from the World War II generation because an estimated 1,000 veterans are dying every day.
The Veterans History Project started three years ago, but officials at the Library of Congress say there is a new sense of urgency to talk to veterans before memories of the war are lost forever."

Help the gov't decide what information to put online!

Daniel writes "For the past century, the Government Printing Office (GPO) has put out uncounted thousands of reports, papers, and journals on many fields of human endevour. Researchers "in the know", policy specialists and even genealogists have gone to depository libraries to get at this information.Now GPO is working with ARL and other institutions to digitize this vast "legacy collection" promising a revolution in access. According to Superintendent of Documents Judy Russell, "GPO is conducting a survey to develop a list of priority government documents titles or series that should be among the early items to be digitized. Please review the list of candidates for digitization that have already been proposed and add other titles that you feel should be on the list. This part of the survey will close on May 21, 2004."Please take a moment to take the survey at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/legacy/priorities/ if any of your patrons have EVER found a government document useful. It's one way to help put more information at their fingertips. These days we need all the help we can get!"

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