Spreading the news about WikiFoia

Our thanks to the Indiana Coalition for Open Government for telling its members about the WikiFOIA.

Thanks also to Robert Bluey for posting about a Wiki for FOIA fans.

We also appreciate the short blurb that appeared on the National Journal’s website on Monday. To read this particular content, you’d have to have a subscription to the NJ, but here’s what they wrote:

Culture: A tiny Wisconsin think tank has created a “wiki” — a Web site that anyone can edit — to help people file open-records requests at the state and local levels. The Lucy Burns Institute started WikiFOIA after being unable to access records for reasons ranging from lengthy delays to charges of thousands of dollars for Freedom of Information Act requests. WikiFOIA Director Sara Key said they were denied basic school district records like budgets and contracts. Sometimes, records are free if the requestor argues that releasing the information is for the greater good, but each state gets to determine the definition of “the greater good.” Since launching in late March, WikiFOIA has attracted a small contingency in New Jersey that is co-authoring an entire section of the site. “It’s a great format,” Key said, “because there are so many differences from state to state or from county to county.”


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