October 3, 2016

A new tool launched on Monday seeks to work as both a resource and a collaborative space for people using the Freedom of Information Act.

FOIA Wiki, from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, includes details on FOIA exemptions and fees, contact information for federal agencies and an open forum for questions. There’s also a page with FOIA basics.

Using a ‘wiki’ format to encourage contributions from different persons and organizations, the FOIA Wiki includes explanations of FOIA’s provisions and exemptions, provides places for reporters and members of the public to share strategies and tips, and intelligently categorizes information about caselaw and federal agencies to promote the ‘right to know.’

In March, a FOIA-aficionado launched “FOIA Mapper” as an open-source tool that helps users see what information different government agencies have and how to best request it.

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