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'''WhatDoTheyKnow.com''' is a website which allows anyone to make a Freedom of Information request in public.<sup>[http://www.newstatesman.com/scitech/2008/04/parliament-bills-century]</sup>
'''[http://www.whatdotheyknow.com WhatDoTheyKnow.com]''' is a website which allows anyone to make a Freedom of Information request in public.<sup>[http://www.newstatesman.com/scitech/2008/04/parliament-bills-century][http://www.whatdotheyknow.com]</sup>


*http://www.whatdotheyknow.com
*Around 10% of requests to Central Government are made through WhatDoTheyKnow.com.<sup>[http://www.mysociety.org/2010/07/05/whatdotheyknows-share-of-central-government-foi-requests-q1-2010/]</sup>


*Over 5,000 public bodies have been added to the site, mainly by volunteers


*Around 10% of requests to Central Government are made through WhatDoTheyKnow.com.<sup>[http://www.mysociety.org/2010/07/05/whatdotheyknows-share-of-central-government-foi-requests-q1-2010/]</sup>
*The site has been described as "an idiot's guide to making an freedom of information request." <sup>[http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-computing-network/2011/jul/21/skunkworks-whitehall-dick-vinegar?INTCMP=SRCH ]</sup>


*over 5,000 public bodies have been added to the site mainly by volunteers
*The Information Commissioner has stated "we believe the most up-to-date informal list of all public authorities is held on the website 'WhatDoTheyKnow.com'.  <sup>[http://www.ico.gov.uk/about_us/how_we_comply/disclosure_log/~/media/documents/disclosure_log/IRQ0365760.ashx]</sup>


==Recognition==
==Recognition==


*Daily Telegraph best green websites - ranked number 2 <sup>[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/6551325/Best-Green-websites.html][http://www.webcitation.org/5zlBDlNbg]</sup>
*Daily Telegraph best green websites - ranked number 2 <sup>[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/6551325/Best-Green-websites.html][http://www.webcitation.org/5zlBDlNbg]</sup>
*New Media Awards Democracy in Action Finalists 2008 <sup>[http://www.newstatesman.com/nma/nma2008/finalists08][http://www.webcitation.org/5zlBSzEV3]</sup>
*New Media Awards - Democracy in Action Finalists 2008 <sup>[http://www.newstatesman.com/nma/nma2008/finalists08][http://www.webcitation.org/5zlBSzEV3]</sup>
*New Media Awards Innovation Winner 2008 <sup>[http://www.newstatesman.com/nma/nma2009/2008winners]</sup>
*New Media Awards - Innovation Winner 2008 <sup>[http://www.newstatesman.com/nma/nma2009/2008winners]</sup>


==ICO advice==
==ICO advice==
The ICO advises information professionals to: "Check out websites and blogs that cover freedom ofinformation issues, such as www.whatdotheyknow.com, ..." <sup>[http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/documents/library/Freedom_of_Information/Practical_application/foi_tips_for_communications_professionals.ashx]</sup>
The ICO advises information professionals to: "Check out websites and blogs that cover freedom of information issues, such as www.whatdotheyknow.com, ..." <sup>[http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/documents/library/Freedom_of_Information/Practical_application/foi_tips_for_communications_professionals.ashx]</sup>
 
==WhatDoTheyKnow policies==
Certain [[WhatDoTheyKnow policies]] are to be made available on the foiwiki:
 
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow Policy:Naming_public_authorities|Naming public authorities]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow Policy:Authorities_not_subject_to_FOI|Authorities not subject to FOI]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow Policy:Changing_name_of_authorities|Changing name of authorities]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow Policy:Authority_subunits|Authority subunits]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow Policy:Defunct_authorities|Defunct authorities]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow Policy:Copyright|Copyright]]
 
==Authorities==
 
* [[Authorities not on WhatDoTheyKnow]]
* [[Authorities that link to WhatDoTheyKnow]]
 
 
==Volunteers==
The team of volunteers who run the site, answer your support emails, maintain the database of public authorities
 
*[http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/helen_cross_2 Helen Cross]
*[http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/john_cross John Cross]
*[http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/ben_harris Ben Harris]
*[http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/adam_mcgreggor Adam McGreggor]
*[http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/ganesh_sittampalam Ganesh Sittampalam]
*[http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/alex_skene Alex Skene]
*[http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/richard_taylor Richard Taylor]


==See also==
==See also==
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*[[WhatDoTheyKnow - email address needed]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow - email address needed]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow.com Tags]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow.com Tags]]
*[[:Category:Whatdotheyknow.com_responses_to_consultations|WhatDoTheyKnow.com responses to consultations]]
==External Resources==


*Wikipedia: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MySociety#WhatDoTheyKnow WhatDoTheyKnow]






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Latest revision as of 20:32, 27 December 2014

WhatDoTheyKnow.com is a website which allows anyone to make a Freedom of Information request in public.[1][2]

  • Around 10% of requests to Central Government are made through WhatDoTheyKnow.com.[3]
  • Over 5,000 public bodies have been added to the site, mainly by volunteers
  • The site has been described as "an idiot's guide to making an freedom of information request." [4]
  • The Information Commissioner has stated "we believe the most up-to-date informal list of all public authorities is held on the website 'WhatDoTheyKnow.com'. [5]

Recognition

  • Daily Telegraph best green websites - ranked number 2 [6][7]
  • New Media Awards - Democracy in Action Finalists 2008 [8][9]
  • New Media Awards - Innovation Winner 2008 [10]

ICO advice

The ICO advises information professionals to: "Check out websites and blogs that cover freedom of information issues, such as www.whatdotheyknow.com, ..." [11]

WhatDoTheyKnow policies

Certain WhatDoTheyKnow policies are to be made available on the foiwiki:

Authorities


Volunteers

The team of volunteers who run the site, answer your support emails, maintain the database of public authorities

See also

External Resources