Notable government documents 2004: all digital


More than three-and-a-half years after 9/11, homeland security initiatives, and the resulting implications for and impact on government information, there continues to be a mix of restrictions and openness to information dissemination. For instance, the U.S. nuclear reactor oversight process no longer includes certain security information that formerly was publicly available, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is now offering to the widest possible audience environmental data that previously was in proprietary formats. An indication of the seriousness of concerns about the availability of government information is the first national Sunshine Week, sponsored by national media, journalism organizations, libraries, and academia. Celebrated March 13–19, 2005, the project was dedicated to fostering dialog about the public's right of access to government information.

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