Yes We Scan

The Center for American Progress’ John Podesta and open-government pioneer Carl Malamud are heading up a new effort called Yes We Scan: A call for the federal government to do a better job of digitizing all of Washington’s many cultural treasures, from the Library of Congress to the National Technical Information Service, and making them available online.

In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama and posted December 22, Malamud calls on the White House to conduct a comprehensive review of current archiving efforts and come up with a plan on how to proceed from there. . . A corresponding petition on the White House’s e-petitioning platform, We the People, has 712 signatures. If it gets 25,000 signatures before Jan. 20, the White House will be obliged to respond.

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