Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year and welcome to new FOI era

Well, the 1st January 2005 is finally upon us. What will the new Year bring?

The Blog will back in 2005 stronger and better than ever - there is will be more pages of links and recommended reading, the blog will provide resources for both users of the Act and for public authorities implementing the Act. There will be the usual highlights of news, views and latest research. Do keep spreading the word, the Blog has been featured by both the BBC and the Guardian newspaper recently. Keep me updated with any stories, new resources, guidance or issues with requests you have made. I will be conducting detailed academic research on FOI during this year, as well as publishing in journals I will be providing highlights and lessons learned on the blog. I am very interested to hear about your FOI requests -when practical I am happy to help with certain issues.

Let me know - which public authorities is performing well? Which not so well?

February 2005 will see the launch of my new journal: Open Government, see for more details

If you are new to FOI, the new Friends of the Earth request generator is an excellent starting point

In the next few days I will be adding:

-Updated links pages
-A comprehensive news roundup from over Xmas and New Year
-A look forward for 2005
-New introductory guides to FOI for different audiences

So do keep visiting - the blog is the original and best UK FOI resource - providing news and views since February 2003!



Anonymous said...

I am considering making a request for information from a public instution covered by the UK FOI act. The institution doesn't publish a publication scheme on its website.

I am wondering if I write to them and ask them for access to their publication scheme if they are required by law to tell me if they have one and provide access to it if they do?

Anonymous said...

The FOE link doesn't appear to work