ODI Fridays are free lunchtime lectures for everyone. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.
The UK’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted at the start of the century, and is a central plank of the UK’s openness agenda. Arguably if FOI hadn’t happened, there would be no open data.
One aspect of FOIA that is often ignored though is how it works behind the scenes: who is involved in answering FOI requests? What resources do they have? How do they organise the logistics of dealing with what can be thousands of requests a year? What are the challenges of doing so successfully?
Paul Gibbons is a former FOI Officer and has written a handbook for those who do the job of coordinating FOI compliance, for which he carried out research into the way that the job is done and what constitutes good practice in a relatively new profession.
Anyone who has to answer FOI requests, who makes them, or is interested in the logistics of openness will want to attend this ODI Friday.
About the speaker
Paul Gibbons is an independent consultant and trainer specialising in information rights, especially FOI. He worked for many years as a records manager before joining the GLA as its FOI Officer in 2003. He is the author of the Freedom of Information Officer’s Handbook (2019, Facet Publishing) and is perhaps best known for his FOIMan blog (foiman.com).
There will be a live stream of the full talk here from 1pm on Friday 27 September 2019.