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Finding official British Information

Book Description

Examining the different bodies that publish official material, this book describes the types of material published, how it is made available and how it is recorded. Finding Official British Information focuses on the digital availability of official information and considers how much is now freely available on the web and how to locate it as well as addressing issues of web only publishing. It covers public bodies in the UK and includes publications issued by central and local government as well as the devolved assemblies and the many other organisations that issue official publications.

  • Quick ‘how to find’ section for each area
  • Designed for the non-specialist
  • Covering central and local government, the devolved assemblies and other public bodies in the UK

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. List of abbreviations
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. About the author
  10. Chapter 1: The digital environment
    1. What is the digital age?
    2. E-government
    3. Other technologies and communications methods
    4. Print to digital publishing
    5. Digital divide
  11. Chapter 2: Definitions and why official information is published
    1. Scope
  12. Chapter 3: Parliament at Westminster
    1. Structure and role of the UK Parliament
    2. Parliamentary business and procedures
    3. Legislative process
    4. European Parliament and Westminster
    5. Visiting Parliament
    6. Key Parliamentary information resources
    7. House of Commons Library publications
  13. Chapter 4: Devolved Parliament and Assemblies and regional government
    1. Introduction to the devolved Parliament and Assemblies
    2. Scotland
    3. Wales
    4. Northern Ireland
    5. Regional government
  14. Chapter 5: Central government departments at Westminster
    1. Introduction
    2. Structure, role and functions
    3. Publications and information
    4. Key central government information resources
    5. Case studies
  15. Chapter 6: Other public bodies including the National Health Service the Police
    1. Introduction
    2. What is a public body?
    3. The National Health Service
    4. Police
  16. Chapter 7: Local government including the Fire Service
    1. Introduction
    2. Structure of local government
    3. Responsibilities of the different types of local authorities
    4. The way local authorities function
    5. Publications and information
    6. The Fire Service
    7. Finding local authority information
    8. Information for local government
    9. Case studies
  17. Chapter 8: Statistics
    1. Introduction
    2. History of official statistics
    3. Overview of official statistics
    4. National statistics on the web
    5. Using official statistics
    6. Issues affecting official statistics
    7. Housing statistics – case study
  18. Chapter 9: The future of access to official information
    1. Information versus publications
    2. Technology
    3. Society
    4. Government
    5. Conclusion
  19. Index