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Finding official British Information by Howard Picton, Jane Inman

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The future of access to official information

The changes in the availability of official information since David Butcher published the second edition of British Official Publications in Britain in 1991 have been dramatic and rapid. There have been changes in the technology, in society and in government and it seems that these changes and the speed of change are set to continue. So what will this mean for the future of access to official information?

Information versus publications

One of the major changes is that the focus now seems to be on access to information rather than publications. When the Standing Committee on Official Publications (SCOOP) was formed forty years ago the focus was almost entirely on publications. As websites began ...

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