Act Now to Help ARL Start A National Effort To Digitize All Public Government Info

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently sent out an alert directing supporters to a public petition, "Yes We Scan” on the White House's "We the People" site calling for the establishment of a Presidential commission or a high-level interagency Task Force that will answer within 1 year "what would it take to scan .gov?" What are the federal holdings at the National Archives, the Smithsonian, the National Libraries, and more; what would it take to digitize them; how much would it cost; and what are the economic and non-economic benefits? The petition was posted on December 21, 2011, by Carl Malamud, President of Public.Resource.Org and John D. Podesta, Chair of our coalition partner Center for American Progress. You must sign the petition by January 20.

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