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So much for open government: National Biological Information Infrastructure program to get axe

National Biological Information Infratructure home page

National Biological Information Infratructure home page

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — My apologies to those who have already seen my Facebook pages and listserv posts about this.  I just learned from David Inouye, moderator of the ECOLOG-L list, that the National Biological Information Infrastructure program will be terminated in January.

According to the NBII Web site:

In the 2012 President’s Budget Request, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is terminated. As a result, all resources, databases, tools, and applications within this web site will be removed on January 15, 2012. For more information, please refer to the NBII Program Termination page.

This seems an affront to the principle of open government — certainly a retreat from past progress in that area — and may affect the ability of some of you to get information you need in your reporting. I doubt the programmatic savings is worth the loss of scientist, activist, journalist, and public access to the information contained.

In the next few days and weeks, I will find out more about how the closure will affect the research, conservation, and journalist communities and post updates here.

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