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Freedom of information laws by country

Freedom of information laws allow access by the general public to data held by national governments. The emergence of freedom of information legislation was a response to increasing dissatisfaction with the secrecy surrounding government policy development and decision making. They establish a "right-to-know" legal process by which requests may be made for government-held information, to be received freely or at minimal cost, barring standard exceptions. Also variously referred to as open records, or sunshine laws, governments are typically bound by a duty to publish and promote openness. In many countries there are constitutional guarantees for the right of access to information, but these are usually unused if specific support legislation does not exist.


Government Documents Department (University of Florida)

The Government Documents Department is a part of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The Government Documents Department is located at the off-campus Auxiliary Library Facility. The Government Documents Department receives government publications from all levels of government, and from many areas around the world. The Government Documents staff performs both technical and public service functions in an effort to make this resource of government information available to both the University of Florida community and the public at large; Government Documents Department staff also have prepared LibGuides on various topics to assist patrons. The Government Documents department is a Regional Federal Depository for Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Government Documents Department also serves as a regional depository for U.S. Federal documents. As such, the Department receives and permanently retains one depository copy of every publication the U.S. Government Printing Office distributes through the Federal Depository Library Program The Government Documents Department is also a depository for the Government of Florida and European Union documents. The Government Documents Library also houses publications from the University of Florida, international governmental organizations (such as the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and UNESCO.


Government Printing Bureau (Macau)

The Government Printing Bureau is the publisher of Macaus government gazettes. It is headquartered on Rua de Imprensa Nacional in São Lourenço.


White House visitor logs

White House visitor logs, also known as the White House Worker and Visitor Entry System, are the guestbook records of individuals visiting the White House to meet with the President of the United States or other White House officials.