31 March 2009

Data collection for the World Report 2009

By Theo Bothma

The IFLA/FAIFE World Report is a series of reports on freedom of access to information and freedom of expression that IFLA has been publishing since 2001.

This year IFLA again intends to publish a report, Volume VIII, updating the information of the previous reports and expanding on a number of issues that were not covered in the previous reports.

The Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa was contracted to compile the 2007 World Report and they have again been contracted to compile the 2009 World Report.

The questionnaire will this year again be available in English, French and Spanish.

The data collection for the World Report will be done electronically via a secure site on the Web, and a respondent has to register on this website to be validated as a respondent for a specific country. This production version of the World Report will run on a secure server and allow access based on login names and passwords. The SSL certificate is provided by Thawte (http://www.thawte.com/) and provides 256-bit SSL encryption, the current industry standard. Only the respondent for a specific country will be able to access his/her specific country report (obviously in addition to the research team) and nobody else will have access to these primary data. We can therefore guarantee that the data the respondent provides are safe, cannot be accessed by any outside parties and cannot be tampered with.

Emails inviting possible respondents will be sent out in the near future and respondents will be requested to indicate their willingness to participate. These possible respondents have been identified because they are members of the FAIFE Committee, or have been previous respondents for specific countries, or are senior members of the country's library association or national library.

If you feel that you can make a contribution to the project and have not been contacted by the Research Team by the end of March 2009, please send an email to the:
Research Team
Email:ifla-wr@up.ac.za

We look forward to the support and cooperation of many librarians and information professionals across the world to make the World Report 2009 a comprehensive and detailed report!

Prof. Theo Bothma
(On behalf of the Research Team) 

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