FOIMan gave last Friday’s ODI Friday lecture at the Open Data Institute in London.
Paul Gibbons speaking at the Open Data Institute © Open Data Institute 2019
I gave a talk on Friday 27th September as part of the Open Data Institute’s programme of ODI Friday lectures. Slightly early for International Right to Know Day (which it was on Saturday), I spoke about the importance of FOI Officers to successful implementation and improvement of FOI and transparency initiatives. You can watch my presentation on YouTube on the Open Data Institute’s channel.
I refer in the talk to my book. If you want to know more about The Freedom of Information Officer’s Handbook, I have set up a new page where you can access details of the book including a free chapter (and a discount on the cover price of the book), the video above and more.
There are also lots of other free resources under the Resources tab above.
FOIMan brings you a free chapter from his recently published book The Freedom of Information Officer’s Handbook.
I was thrilled last week to read a really positive review of my new book by Lynn Wyeth, Head of Information Governance at Leicester City Council (and well-known commenter on FOI and information rights matters) in the Freedom of Information Journal. She had lots of good things to say including:
What makes this book different to other books written about FOI is that it’s written by a practitioner for practitioners…
Describing it as a ‘desperately needed practitioners’ FOI bible’, Lynn finishes by saying:
Every FOI Officer should have a copy on their desk.
There are more reviews available on the Facet Publishing website if you are interested. I hope you’ll understand me drawing attention to these reviews: writing a book is a huge undertaking and a) given the work involved, it is heartwarming and (honestly) a relief to see such a positive reception, and b) I’d like as many people as possible to read it!
As an academic publisher, I understand that some will find Facet’s standard pricing of their output a little on the high side. I’ve been very conscious of this since first discussing the idea with them back in 2017. With this in mind, just a few things that I’m doing to try to ensure anyone who is interested can access at least some of its content:
Whether you’re studying for a qualification, need help with answering requests, or are just interested in FOI and access to information, I hope you’ll enjoy reading the free chapter provided here and perhaps the book itself.
FOIMan answers your questions in the latest issue of the Freedom of Information Journal.
I recently put out a call to practitioners for their FOI problems with a view to featuring them (and my solutions) in one of my articles for the Freedom of Information Journal. You can now read the results in what I hope will be the first of a semi-regular feature: FOIMan’s FOI Inbox.
Problems posed in the first of these articles are:
- when can small numbers be refused as personal data (if you shouted out ‘five or less’ or similar just now, you can do three laps of the sportsfield – rounded up to five, of course – right now…go on, off you go *folds arms, raises eyebrows, P.E. teacher-style*)?
- do public authorities have to provide an email address to which FOI requests can be addressed?
- how do you work out whether information in the possession of contractors is held for FOI purposes, especially when many contractual relationships are so complex?
Thanks to Gillian, Sarah and Mark for contributing the questions this time around. If you’re an FOI Officer struggling with any FOI or EIR issues, please do get in touch with myself or the FOI Journal editor and I’ll try to answer your query in print in a future issue.