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Get your government papers here

Martin Rosenbaum | 15:16 UK time, Thursday, 8 November 2007

If you enjoy reading government documents which have been revealed under freedom of information, you're probably going to a lot of different sources to do that.

A new website launched today in the US,, is an attempt to tackle this by bringing together into one place material obtained under FOI by a variety of different organisations. It has full-text searching and allows readers to add their own comments about what's there. The site is a collaboration by a coalition of American non-profit citizen action groups, who have explained the benefits they think it will bring.

This concept has something in common with the 'Freedom of Information Filer and Archive' website, a mySociety project in the UK which aims to facilitate the making of FOI requests and the publication of responses.

Tom Steinberg of mySociety says that they are about half-way through building their site, but it will be at least another three months before it's launched. And his team are still puzzling over what to call it ... Well, that's always the hardest decision.

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