Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Analysis of UK Defence FOIA data

Preliminary Analysis of Data Relating to the Processing of Freedom of Information Act Requests Received by the UK Ministry of Defence

Alasdair S. Roberts
Suffolk University Law School

April 17, 2009

Abstract: This research note provides a preliminary analysis of data relating to the processing of 15,627 Freedom of Information Act requests received by the UK Ministry of Defence between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2008. It includes a description of trends in the volume of requests by applicant type, the categorization and disposition of requests, and time required to respond to requests. The main aim is to provide researchers with an intimation of what might be done with data that is collected within departments' FOIA management systems, and released under FOIA. This is a draft and comments are welcomed. The data used in this analysis may be
obtained from the author.


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