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Purchase of Public Data
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 18:02:21 -0400

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From: Carl Malamud <carl () media org>
Date: September 17, 2008 5:00:27 PM EDT
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Purchase of Public Data

Hi Dave -

With a little help from our friends at Sunlight Foundation, Omidyar Network, GovTrack.US, Stanford University Libraries, and Google, we just sent the Public Printer of the United States a check for $17,325 to purchase the bulk (SGML, text + images) version of the Code of Federal Regulations.

We've also proposed that they should release all of their bulk "products" to us since the marginal cost of distribution would be $0 and they have already been paid by Congress to create these key government documents.


Best regards,


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