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'''[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>
 
*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
 
*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>
 
*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==
 
*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 - Innovation Winner 2008 <sup>[http://www.newstatesman.com/nma/nma2009/2008winners]</sup>
 
==ICO advice==
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>
 
==See also==
 
*[[Important things that have been discovered through WhatDoTheyKnow.com]]
*[[MPs using WhatDoTheyKnow]]
*[[Common WhatDoTheyKnow support responses]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow - email address needed]]
*[[WhatDoTheyKnow.com Tags]]
 
==External Resources==
 
*Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WhatDoTheyKnow WhatDoTheyKnow]
 
 
 
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Revision as of 08:31, 13 December 2011

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]

See also

External Resources