As part of their open government initiative, the Obama Administration has created a web page called We the People, Your Voice in Our Government that allows the public to create petitions asking the government to take action on the topic of their choice. In order for a petition to receive an official response it must have at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days.
There is currently an open petition that would start a national effort to digitize all public government information. This petition states:
The administration should create a group that will answer–within 1 year–the question “what would it take to scan .gov?” What are our federal holdings, what would it take to digitize them, how much would it cost, what are the economic and non-economic benefits?
A national digitization strategy can save money, create jobs, revitalize education, and unleash the treasures buried in the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, National Archives, Printing Office, and other national institutions. We need to scan at scale and make access to knowledge a right for all Americans. If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we launch the Library of Congress into cyberspace?
This petition was posted by Carl Malamud, president of Public.Resouces.org and John D. Podesta, chair of the Center for American Progress. If you are interested in learning more about the petition or in signing it, please visit We the People, Your Voice in Our Government before January 20, 2012.
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