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Digital amnesia: challenges of government online
Access to government online publications
Outcomes of the Digital Amnesia: challenges of government online seminar, 21 April 2005
ALIA is committed
To promote the free flow of information and ideas in the interest of all Australians and a thriving culture, economy and democracy (ALIA Constitution, Object 1)
Government services are at the core of Australian activities and life. Access to information from government is essential for an informed citizenship. Government information has moved at an increasing pace to be available through the internet, particularly at Commonwealth government level. Ensuring access to this information requires action to enable the information to be identified through search and discovery services. In addition the information needs to be stored to enable long term access.
The Commonwealth Government Online Strategy requires government agencies to:
Publication of information online rather than in print is now the norm for many agencies in Commonwealth, state and local government.
Libraries have a key role to play in this environment. They can contribute to access to government information by:
At a seminar on 21 April 2005 the key issues of identifying, providing access to and maintaining government publications were highlighted as requiring immediate action. ALIA will pursue the following agenda items:
A thriving culture, economy and democracy requires the free flow of information and ideas. Fundamental to that free flow of information and ideas are Australia's library and information services. They are a legacy to each generation, conveying the knowledge of the past and the promise of the future. (ALIA core values statement) Access to government information and publications is essential to build such a nation.
(endorsed by the ALIA Board of Directors, 22 July 2005)