links for 2009-02-23

  • “Is the federal government putting the information you need online? Are there categories of unclassified documents or data that you know exist–on paper or in government computers and databases–that would be of value to the public if posted and regularly updated on an agency’s Web site? If so, then help Open The Government and the Center for Democracy and Technology identify the 10 Most Wanted Government Documents, Reports or Data Sets that should be available on the Web. Use this site to tell us what data you want and who has it, or add your vote to the suggestions others have made.”
  • “Liberating Voices brings together ideas and suggestions from a variety of perspectives including activism and social change, education, community informatics, governance, media, development, information science, economics, journalism, arts and culture. It can be used by researchers, by practitioners in a variety of fields including teachers in the classroom, by activists, and by citizens and community members throughout the world.

    “…[T]he Liberating Voices manifesto takes the form of a pattern language containing 136 patterns designed to meet these challenges. Each pattern is a template for research as well as for social critique and action. And each pattern is linked to other patterns to form a single coherent whole — a pattern language. Douglas Schuler and the book’s 85 co-authors have tried to show that the struggle for liberatory information and communication systems is absolutely critical to a just and sustainable future.”