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Best Practices in Government Information: A Global by Lynden, Irina

By Lynden, Irina

A unprecedented chance to find overseas tendencies and advancements in entry to govt info is gifted to you in chosen papers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the center East , Oceania and Russia. initially offered at seminars and open classes of the IFLA executive details and courses part (GIOPS) during the last 5 years, the papers were completely reviewed and up to date through their authors. As this quantity illustrates, delivering entry to executive info in no matter what shape provides huge, immense demanding situations. concerns diversity from easy to stylish: public entry, together with censorship; laws, amenities for the person, together with education; and the chances for enhancement of online info, via maps, information, movies, and sound. Underlying all is entry and use of presidency records to extend political literacy. The editors hugely suggest this e-book to practitioners of presidency record administration, to Reference and Public carrier employees, to library educators and to the data literate in all walks of lifestyles.

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Institutional capacity includes trained personnel to efficiently organize, manage, and handle public demand to access government information; 4. Governments should upgrade their computer hardware and purchase appropriate software for records management; 5. Governments should create and/or periodically update their websites to enhance access to government information; 45 Marion L. N. Chibambo 6. Civil society organizations and information professionals should seriously advocate for, and even assist in drafting of national information access laws in their respective countries; and last but not least, 7.

For example, citizen participation in rural or community development projects, presupposes that members of the community have all the necessary information regarding the available resources, the logistics and the time-frame for project implementation, as well as the knowledge of government’s expectation of the citizen’s responsibility and vice-versa. Thus, government policy makers should always bear in mind that whatever policies they make, these must eventually be submitted to the citizens in whose name the policies are made and who, as taxpayers and voters, will at the end of the day be called upon to provide the money, time and other resources for their implementation.

The United Nations General Assembly recognized this fundamental right at its inception in 1946, when it resolved that, “Freedom of access to information is a fundamental human right and a touchstone for all other freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated”16. However, the presumption in favour of the public’s right to access government information should only be overruled in extreme and legitimate cases, such as, when the national security of a country is endangered, or in gathering information for intelligence services and criminal investigations.

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