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== DLF Government Records Transparency and Accountability Group ==
  
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==<span style="color:#004d66"><span style="font-family:Verdana> DLF Government Records Transparency and Accountability Group </span></span>==
 
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=== What is this? ===
 
=== What is this? ===
  
This is the page for the [https://www.diglib.org/groups/transparency-accountability/ '''DLF Working Group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability''']. Read our '''announcement [https://www.diglib.org/new-dlf-interest-group-government-records-transparency-and-accountability/ blog post]'''.
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This is the page for the [https://www.diglib.org/groups/transparency-accountability/ DLF Working Group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability]. Read our '''announcement [https://www.diglib.org/new-dlf-interest-group-government-records-transparency-and-accountability/ blog post]'''.
  
 
=== Mission ===  
 
=== Mission ===  
  
The DLF interest group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability seeks to support a broader culture of records transparency in the digital age. Using a range of methods, we work to provoke wide-ranging consideration of, and action related to, the creation, accessibility, and preservation of materials created by local, state, and federal governments - including records, publications, information, data, and documents. In doing this work, we act on our belief that the free flow of government information is fundamental to a democratic society and that, as such, we want to work to ensure that information created by our governments is capably preserved and freely accessible to the public.<ref>[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ntYoqo-jUflCTmsNatxTlK-7p1MvK06YMbF5VPTzzwc/edit]Draft Mission statement announced at meeting January 23rd, 2018, accepted without changes, and posted March 2nd, 2018</ref> The group's work is aligned with the broader mission of the '''[https://www.diglib.org/about/ Digital Library Federation]''', and abides by its '''[https://www.diglib.org/about/code-of-conduct/ Code of Conduct]'''.
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The DLF interest group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability seeks to support a broader culture of records transparency in the digital age. Using a range of methods, we work to provoke wide-ranging consideration of, and action related to, the creation, accessibility, and preservation of materials created by local, state, and federal governments - including records, publications, information, data, and documents. In doing this work, we act on our belief that the free flow of government information is fundamental to a democratic society and that, as such, we want to work to ensure that information created by our governments is capably preserved and freely accessible to the public.<ref>[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ntYoqo-jUflCTmsNatxTlK-7p1MvK06YMbF5VPTzzwc/edit]Draft Mission statement announced at meeting January 23rd, 2018, accepted without changes, and posted March 2nd, 2018</ref> The group's work is aligned with the broader mission of the [https://www.diglib.org/about/ Digital Library Federation], and abides by its [https://www.diglib.org/about/code-of-conduct/ Code of Conduct].
  
 
We also work very closely with the [https://endangereddataweek.org/ '''Endangered Data Week'''] project. (Mark your calendars! The next Endangered Data Week is scheduled for February 25 through March 1, 2019.)
 
We also work very closely with the [https://endangereddataweek.org/ '''Endangered Data Week'''] project. (Mark your calendars! The next Endangered Data Week is scheduled for February 25 through March 1, 2019.)
  
 
=== How to Join ===  
 
=== How to Join ===  
We invite you to join this Interest Group! You don’t have to be a DLF member to participate. Simply request membership in our [https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/dlf-records-transparency '''Google Group'''] to stay current on discussions and meeting dates.  Meeting dates and minutes will also be posted to this page.
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We invite you join this Interest Group! You don’t have to be a DLF member to participate. Simply request membership in our [https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/dlf-records-transparency Google Group] to stay current on discussions and meeting dates.  Meeting dates and minutes will also be posted to this page.
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==Upcoming events!==
  
==<span style="color:#004d66"><span style="font-family:Verdana>Upcoming events!</span></span>==
 
 
=== Upcoming Calls ===
 
=== Upcoming Calls ===
  
==== Next Call: Tuesday, 16 JUNE 2020, 1-2PM EDT====
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====August Meeting - August 17, 2018 at 1pm EDT====
 
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'''Please [https://zoom.us/j/8442973484 join online here]''' (if you're new to Zoom, you may need to quickly download the software)
 
'''Please [https://zoom.us/j/8442973484 join online here]''' (if you're new to Zoom, you may need to quickly download the software)
  
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         US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 740 3766  
 
         US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 740 3766  
 
     Meeting ID: 844 297 3484  
 
     Meeting ID: 844 297 3484  
     International numbers available: '''[https://zoom.us/j/8442973484 https://zoom.us/j/8442973484]'''
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     International numbers available: https://zoom.us/j/8442973484
  
====Meeting schedule for the 2019-20 academic year====
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== Past Meetings and Events ==
 
 
*Meeting Schedule to be determined
 
 
 
===Other upcoming events of possible interest to members of this group===
 
 
 
==<span style="color:#004d66"><span style="font-family:Verdana>Endangered Data Week</span></span>==
 
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Endangered Data Week is a multi-organizational effort and is the Government Records Accountability and Transparency group's signature event, held annually in late winter-early spring since 2017.  The next Endangered Data week will be '''Fall 2020'''.  Learn more about the 2019 Endangered Data Week by visiting [https://endangereddataweek.org/ '''endangereddataweek.org''']
 
 
 
==<span style="color:#004d66"><span style="font-family:Verdana>Past Meetings and Events</span></span>==
 
 
=== Webinars ===
 
=== Webinars ===
  
[https://wiki.diglib.org/Transparency-Accountability/Webinars '''List of past webinars'''.]  
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[https://wiki.diglib.org/Transparency-Accountability/Webinars '''Past webinars'''.]  
 
The Government Records Transparency and Accountability interest group has, on several occasions, hosted virtual educational presentations on topics related to government records transparency. These topical webinars, often featuring presentations by special guest speakers, are viewable [[Transparency-Accountability/Webinars | '''here''']]. Past topics have included: the importance of Federal records transparency in immigrant justice work, the Federal Census, Title 44, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). If you have an idea for a future webinar or presentation, please get in touch!
 
The Government Records Transparency and Accountability interest group has, on several occasions, hosted virtual educational presentations on topics related to government records transparency. These topical webinars, often featuring presentations by special guest speakers, are viewable [[Transparency-Accountability/Webinars | '''here''']]. Past topics have included: the importance of Federal records transparency in immigrant justice work, the Federal Census, Title 44, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). If you have an idea for a future webinar or presentation, please get in touch!
  
=== Meeting Minutes ===  
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=== Regular Meeting Minutes ===  
Records relating to meetings dating back to 2017 are available from the '''[[Transparency-Accountability/Minutes]]''' page.
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* 17 August 2018.
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* 16 May 2018. ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ab3KGWIIUS-jRXB6JrzkwO0XFn7Mx6Gj5P28y9VBguc/edit annotated agenda])
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* 12 April 2018.
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* 30 March 2018 Topics: 2020 census, PEGI, proposed working groups ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Yg2tP2Dk7LKv5xNJh7dFQMydDIiViGKTg9Cs3mU4GNQ/edit agenda & notes])
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* 23 January 2018. Topics: Endangered Data Week, Title 44, group mission statement, Civic Switchboard.([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c_jst5Soc9oA7Y36_E3Dh_aIrjodMSn8TSZ5h-M70po/edit annotated agenda])
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* 1 December 2017. ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DCxyM1yA0UPT4XA6hDDyLu11oCYGMIceiZ9HxHdhsQw/edit annotated agenda])
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* 20 October 2017. ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F4YteMd6lsMTeYjMiff4pwTqlW4kRCzp8ioo5NmXTEY/edit notes] )
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* 15 September 2017. (No meeting.)
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* 18 August 2017. ([https://www.diglib.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DLF_Transparency_Accountability_Title_44.mp3 Recording of Jim Jacobs' presentation on the threats to Title 44.])
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* 21 July 2017. ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/10rpQ6XOu8e_9Hz5HT18-iGYSOu8KzMmOrTN3Mi9FA9E/edit agenda & notes])
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* 16 June 2017. (No meeting.)
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* 19 May 2017 ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JCzCwFVIQcsmGT9M6LCwGxk5Ywri93HDWSSHDyBWtLE/edit agenda & mintes])
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* 21 April 2017.
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* 24 March 2017. ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1avvFQJXjBvXoWtTNCGy8XOU6kwzG8WMZXa3fVbR5958/edit agenda & notes])
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* 3 March 2017. ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pZK0yS8zVif0qDpOUZ6ksZmJCyOeTvjpzmP_onoWeRQ/edit annotated agenda])
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* 17 February 2017. ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AzJLz9dtSs3S2Ym5yqdCyNZrTmPyyl_r3qnl5M4wzmc/edit agenda & notes])
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* 2017 ([https://docs.google.com/document/d/11feTPgjqwwNdu6T1VBLiIHJSyEg39q_HemrRXI7uqnc/edit#heading=h.lqtg9qum354t brainstorming doc])
  
===DLF Forum Convenings===
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===2017 DLF Forum Convenings===
Records relating to activities at DLF Forums dating back to 2017 are available from the  
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*Panel: Government Records and Data Transparency in the Digital Age: Describing the Problem, Imagining Solutions, moderated by Rachel Mattson and featuring presentations by Emily Knox, Shari Laster, and Brit Paris. [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GzRV26BhUVIXyAPVxU8Xos9aSz4wgoiPhqWtPru3s9U/edit Description and notes.]  
'''[[Transparency-Accountability/Forums]]''' page.
 
  
==<span style="color:#004d66"><span style="font-family:Verdana>Advocacy</span></span>==
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*Working Lunch: Government Records Transparency and Accountability Interest Group. [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EQX2fxNetKLurPt0KWPwc4tefonILcaA0-SOSQYXqDk/edit Notes].
===Open Letters===
 
* In December 2019, the Government Records Transparency and Accountability group agreed to host an open letter to the San Diego State University concerning the Detainee Allies Letter Collection. [https://wiki.diglib.org/Transparency-Accountability/SDSULOpenLetter'''The letter and our group's preface statement'''] are available on our wiki.
 
  
* In November 2018, members of the Advocacy Committee  sent a [https://www.diglib.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/11/DLF-GRTA-NARA.pdf letter] to the National Archives with thoughts about how to improve the level of transparency of the processes surrounding records retention change requests. (See also the [https://www.diglib.org/dlf-group-looks-at-us-dept-of-interior-records-disposition-request/ blog post] about this letter, and the process that led up to it.)
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===Endangered Data Week Twitter Chat===
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; 27 February 2018
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: As part of [http://endangereddataweek.org '''Endangered Data Week,'''], this group hosted an #EndangeredData Twitter chat hosted by @brandontlocke, @worldcatlady, @nowviskie, @captain_maybe. Endangered Data Week is a distributed event is designed to bring “awareness to different types of threats to publicly available data, engage with the power dynamics involved in data creation, sharing, and retention, and make endangered data more secure and accessible.”
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:: Discussion questions:
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::*Q1. Introductions! Tell everyone a little something about who & where you are. What motivates your interest in #EndangeredData?
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::*Q2. Have you taken part in activities to preserve data or raise awareness of data stewardship? Doing anything for #EndangeredData Week?
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::*Q3. How do you personally (or how does your community or organization) use or think about publicly collected/available data? #EndangeredData
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::*Q4. Do you know of datasets that could be collected and made publicly available, but aren't? How could they impact you/your community/your organization? #EndangeredData
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::*Q5. Are datasets that matter to you or the communities you serve under any kinds of threat? Which datasets? What makes them #EndangeredData?
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::*Q6. What’s the biggest thing missing from local or national/global #EndangeredData teaching, awareness, or skills training, from your point of view?
  
* In July 2018, we signed onto a public letter, initiated by the group [https://www.openthegovernment.org/ '''Open the Government'''], that urged the US Congress to immediately investigate the administration’s records management practices relating to the “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy and family reunification efforts. View the letter [https://www.openthegovernment.org/sites/default/files/Letter_Investigate%20records%20destruction.pdf '''here'''.] Open the Government's press release on the topic can be found [https://www.openthegovernment.org/node/5701 '''here'''].
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==Advocacy==
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===Open Letters===
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* In July 2018, we signed onto a public letter, initiated by the group [https://www.openthegovernment.org/ Open the Government], that urged the US Congress to immediately investigate the administration’s records management practices relating to the “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy and family reunification efforts. View the letter [https://www.openthegovernment.org/sites/default/files/Letter_Investigate%20records%20destruction.pdf here.] Open the Government's press release on the topic can be found [https://www.openthegovernment.org/node/5701 here.]
  
* In September 2017, we co-signed the DLF's [https://www.diglib.org/dlf-on-privacy-preservation-free-access-to-government-info-via-title-44/ '''letter'''] to the Depository Library Council, Joint Committee on Printing, and Committee on House Administration, urging careful action in revising Title 44 of the US Code.
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* In September 2017, we co-signed the DLF's [https://www.diglib.org/dlf-on-privacy-preservation-free-access-to-government-info-via-title-44/ letter] to the Depository Library Council, Joint Committee on Printing, and Committee on House Administration, urging careful action in revising Title 44 of the US Code.
  
==<span style="color:#004d66"><span style="font-family:Verdana>Reflective Activities</span></span>==
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==Reflective Activities==
  
 
=== 2017 Conversations Project ===
 
=== 2017 Conversations Project ===
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After individual surveys were completed, participating members were matched to another person in the group. Once they had the name of their partner, they reached out via email to set time and platform for shared discussion. Partners were provided with prompts to get the converation started, but were encouraged to expand on those prompts and to use whatever platform they preferred - e.g. email, Skype, or telephone.
 
After individual surveys were completed, participating members were matched to another person in the group. Once they had the name of their partner, they reached out via email to set time and platform for shared discussion. Partners were provided with prompts to get the converation started, but were encouraged to expand on those prompts and to use whatever platform they preferred - e.g. email, Skype, or telephone.
  
Subsequently, participants had the opportunity to share the results of their one-on-one conversations with the larger group. We created a brief synthesis of the results [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AMYmhZdFjU6L789TxwU5wIfehsDFJh5oLNpOCYZYOxA/edit '''here'''].
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Subsequently, participants had the opportunity to share the results of their one-on-one conversations with the larger group. We created a brief synthesis of the results [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AMYmhZdFjU6L789TxwU5wIfehsDFJh5oLNpOCYZYOxA/edit here.]
  
 
=== Other Possible Directions ===  
 
=== Other Possible Directions ===  

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