Posted on October 22, 2012 by Charles N. Davis
OK, full disclosure: I am HUGE fan of Heather, having chatted with her often through the years about FOI stuff, so I HAD to pass this along!
If this doesn’t get you pumped up about the power of FOI to change the world, I don’t know what will! And best of all, you can then read an excerpt from her new book, The Revolution Will Be Digitised…
Filed under: 2. Doc state of mind, FOI At Work, international FOI | Tagged: FOI at work, Heather Brooke, UK | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 29, 2012 by Charles N. Davis
The exemption should be introduced to “protect ongoing research”, the Justice Committee said in a report, Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, that was released yesterday.
Universities UK has been campaigning for such a change to the act on a number of grounds.
It has argued that researchers could use information gained from an FoI request to “scoop” data from rivals and beat them to publication, undermining the incentive for research.
It has also warned that businesses could use the act to access valuable research being conducted by commercial competitors and universities before patents can be taken out.
UUK has also raised the prospect that data could be released and then misinterpreted and misused by the public before it has been subjected to scholarly analysis and peer review.
Scotland has a specific exemption for pre-publication research.
Paul Gibbons, a Freedom of Information campaigner and author of the FOI Man blog, said that he thought there was “no real need” for a new exemption because “existing exemptions could be utilised” to protect research. Nevertheless, he added: “I can’t see it doing much harm.”
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