"A rankingof agencies’ Open Government Plans compiled during an independent auditreveals the strongest and weakest agency plans, with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the top of the list and the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the bottom. Strikingly, the audit also found that several agencies that are supposed to lead by example on the government openness front failed to do so in their Open Government Plans. The audit was organized by OpenTheGovernment.org and conducted by volunteers from nonprofit groups, academia, and other organizations that serve the public interest who have experience working with the agencies and evaluating information policies." - read more from the OpentheGovernment.org press release
The Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award is conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research done in the collections of the Yale University Library's Government Documents & Information Center.
Two awards were conferred in 2010. Habib Moody (Ezra Stiles College) won first prize for his Political Science essay Estimating the Returns to Expenditures in Canadian Elections: Evidence from a Regression-Discontinuity Design. Habib compiled a dataset using administrative records of the results of elections for Canada's House of Commons. The second prize went to Avi Kupfer (Pierson College) for his History senior essay "The Dictates of Sound Policy": Contending with the Western Indians under the New American Constitution. The American State Papers, as well as the papers of George Washington and members of Washington's administration, were central to Avi's research. Both papers are available on the Applebaum Award website.
The prize was established in 2007 by the daughters of Harvey M. Applebaum, class of 1959.
Digital Dreams and Dashboards: Notable Government Documents 2009 (Library Journal, May 15, 2010):
"This year's list of Notable Government Documents includes titles on history, government policy, mental and physical health, biology, global warming, and environmental protection, among other topics. The historical works, which comprise nearly one-third of the panel's selections, focus mainly on cultural phenomena, such as architecture and music." read more...
The Yale Law Library has initiated a campus-wide subscription to EU Tracker, which "tracks the implementation of key EU Directives across 20 Member States in 10 practice areas. There are links to consultation papers, draft legislation and the eventual national implementing legislation of member States." Read more on the Law Library's Foreign and International Blog, and check out EU Tracker from LexisNexis.