Expensive public records High consumer charges limit freedom of information Data profiteering Private data vendors
Access to many computer databases of public information require purchase of expensive library cards or time charges. Much USA government data has been privatized, so that government agencies and private companies often sell data that was collected using taxpayers money. For example, US citizens must pay commercial vendors to receive electronic data from two public information databases : SCORPIO generated by the Library of Congress and LEGIS generated by the Congress which together contain the text of all bills, proceedings and other such government items. It is reported that Los Altos, California, is one city which cannot afford the fees to receive the federal legislation which it is mandated to obey.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.