Across the country, Sunshine Week is marked by panel discussions, workshops and other events about using and understanding the latest developments in freedom of information resources.
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2019 Events TBD
|Feb. 7, 2019||Federal Data Strategies
This talk, from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST, will provide insight into public domain and open data policies and how they are made. The status of open data policies in the Federal Government is changing with new laws and rulemaking. The White House sees data as Strategic Assets and is directing the Executive Branch to recommend changes that will “create a coordinated approach to Federal data use and management that serves the public.” What are these changes, and how can you affect those changes? Learn about other trends in Government data policies regarding access to statistical data and datasets. Viewers will come away with a better understanding of U.S. Federal policies and laws regarding data.
|Feb. 23, 2019||FOIA Fest
Loyola University Chicago’s Schreiber Center
16 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago Headline Club’s annual FOIAFest, a daylong conference dedicated to the Freedom of Information Act, features panels and workshops with leading journalists, attorneys and community groups. From beginners to veterans of FOIA, we’ll help boost your skills to better understand public records and produce more impactful investigations. The conference is from 9:00am-5:00pm CST and costs $20 for Headline Club members, $30 for non-members, and $10 for students. All are welcome!
|March 8, 2019||National Freedom of Information Day Conference 2019
Newseum, Washington, D.C.
Join several of the nation’s leading journalism and freedom of information advocates to preview Sunshine Week 2019. Topics will include a look at transparency at the midpoint of the current Presidential term, the privatizing of government under a cloak of secrecy, and, for the first time, a look at court transparency. The event is free and open to the public but requires registration. More details regarding time and location to come soon!
|March 10, 2019|
|March 11, 2019||In-Person RTKL Training for Requesters
Office of Open Records, 333 Market St., 16th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101
From 10:00am-11:30am EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records for this in-person training that will focus on Right-to-Know Law issues of importance to requesters. Topics to be covered include how to write a good RTKL request, accessing information in databases, significant deadlines in the RTKL, how to appeal a RTKL denial, and more.
Right-to-Know Law Training for Requesters
Sunshine Week 2019 at the National Archives
|March 12, 2019||Basics for New Agency Open Records Officers
From 10:00am-11:00am EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in this webinar that will give new (and relatively new) Agency Open Records Officers a strong working knowledge of the Right-to-Know Law and their duties under the law.
2019 Agency Open Records Officer Survey Results
DC Open Government Summit
|March 13, 2019||Sunshine Act Training
This webinar, put on by the Office of Open Records, will focus on Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act, which governs access to government agency meetings in Pennsylvania. Topics to be covered include the definitions of agency business and official action, when executive sessions may be held, recording public meetings, penalties for violating the Sunshine Act, and more. This webinar will be from 10:00am-11:00am EDT.
About Office of Open Records Mediation
|March 14, 2019||Recent Court and Office of Open Records Decisions of Note
This webinar, put on by the Office of Open Records, will highlight recent, significant court decisions and final determinations issued by the OOR. This webinar will be from 10:00am-11:00am EDT.
Preparing Affidavits for Appeals
|March 15, 2019||Releasing the 2018 Office of Open Records Annual Report
From 10:00am-11:00am EDT, join the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in this webinar that will feature highlights from the 2018 OOR Annual Report, which will be released concurrent with the start of the webinar. The OOR’s Annual Report includes data about Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) appeals, examples of successful RTKL requests, and more.
Office of Open Records Website Resources
|March 16, 2019|
|March 23, 2019||Demystifying Democracy: Learn from the Experts: How to use Rhode Island’s Public Records and Open Meetings Laws
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum
20 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02903
Since 2005, the American Society of News Editors has hosted Sunshine Week to highlight the importance of transparency in a free society. In 2019, our second Demystifying Democracy event will focus on the importance of open government and will be co-hosted by ACCESS/RI, RI ACLU, League of Women Voters of RI, and the New England First Amendment Coalition. Moderated by Edward Fitzpatrick, formerly of the Providence Journal the panel will include Dan McGowan of WPRI, Ethan Shorey of The Valley Breeze and Amanda Milkovits of the Providene Journal. It will be an in-depth discussion of how Rhode Island’s public records and open meetings laws can be used to hold government accountable. This event is 10:30am-12:00pm EST.