[LINK] ICT Predictions 2009 - little OT (gov't reports example)

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Jan 19 08:04:49 AEDT 2009

At 10:32 AM 13/01/2009, Anthony Hornby wrote (about government 
agencies sending copies of reports to libraries):
>I think they are  required to ... not that this means we always get them ...

I couldn't find anything in the Commonwealth Library Deposit and Free 
Issue Schemes (LDS) to say that the publications had to be provided 
on paper. It should be acceptable for the agencies to supply 
electronic copies of documents.

>Problem is government agencies merge and change names constantly so
>basic web links would likely break fairly quickly. ...

I assumed that NLA would keep electronic copies of government 
reports, especially if there are no paper copies.

> > Agencies could help the process by improving the quality of their reports,
> > making them easy and efficient to read online ...
>Seems perfectly reasonable to provide layout and presentation
>appropriate for the medium.....

Unfortunately, providing access to information does not seem to be a 
priority for most agencies. The emphasis seems to be on having an 
impressive looking printed report, even though that is of little 
practical value.

Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
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