Researchers use of freedom of information - a workshop

Added by Sarah on 13 October 2008 00:00

Tuesday, 9 September 2008 09:30 - Wednesday, 10 September 2008 16:30

Location: The Royal Institute of Public Health, 28 Portland Place, London W1

This workshop, held in London, raised awareness of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act as a resource discovery tool for the research community for researchers.

The event aimed to help researchers to become ‘informed consumers’ under the new access regime. For
instance, what information is now in the public domain as a result of FoI, how the access regime operates, when to use FoI to access records and information and when not to do so, as well as how to make successful FoI requests.

We also explored the effectiveness of FoI exploration and use strategies: what works well for particular
disciplines or types of research, how FoI has or could support different research methods ways of exploiting FoI as a research tool.

The audience was a mix of academic researchers, other researchers (such as journalists), libraries, archivists and other information professsionals and public policy makers in the access to information arena.

Key speakers:

  • Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information
  • Steve Wood, Information Commissioner’s Officer
  • Teresa Bastow, The National Archives.

The full programme, a summary of the event and speaker presentations are available below.

A short podcast with interviews with the speakers and highlights from delegates is also available.

This event was the first in a series the RIN is running, to raise awareness of the usefulness of FoI as a tool for researchers. Further information on latest developments in this area is available on our project page.


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