How to use European Freedom of Information Acts
Wobbing.eu – the Freedom of Information Tool
For journalists in Europe and abroad
Two types of news:
• Wobbed out news: Stories of interest, where an FOI was used to obtain important information.
• Legal news: Principal wob-successes, court-decisions, legal changes and other news about the legal side of wobbing.
Original stories are researched and published several times a month.
Three types of feeds:
• Wobbing.eu recommends: Need inspiration of what other journalists got through freedom of information? Recently released information? Here we gather links that are of direct use for active wobbers with a particular focus on Europe. On the underlying Delicious page you can use our tagging system to find for example only local stories
• FOI-community: What’s up in the debate about the international FOI currently? New laws on the way, recent developments? On the underlying Delicious page you can use our tagging system to sort the FOI community archive.
• Tweets – twitter comments by journalists and others, who use FOI legislation regularly. Do let us know, if you want to contribute.
Feeds are edited and updated several times a week.
The main navigation toolbar:
Get documents per country:
For each country Wobbing.eu provides as a minimum the link to the law.
As step-by-step instructions and articles are added instruction on how to use the national wob, case-law and other information will appear.
Get documents in international bodies or through international agreements:
For the national bodies Wobbing.eu provides as a minimum the link to the law or regulation of this body.
As articles are added instruction on how to use the particular wob, case-law and other information will appear.
Learn about methods:
While the step-by-step instructions on how to use a certain wob varies highly from country to country, the tactics of wobbing are the same. Under method tactical considerations and examples of them will be onlined gradually.
Users of the WoBs have to deal with exemptions from the laws on freedom of information as well as obstructions like time delay. Under obstacles you can search examples of the various obstacles, compare between countries or find all for one particular country.
Many journalistic stories go across borders – and wobbing together with other journalists makes sense. Also stories may have relevance all over Europe due to common legislation. Here we gather examples of common Wob efforts by subject. Be inspired and join the wobbing-crowd.
Several networking options:
• You can participate in the networking via our mailing lists. We have two mailinglists, one focuses on wobbing only, the other one is for wobbers and data-journalists.
• The [list]wobbers@XXXXXX is aimed at all journalists, who use an FOI and stumble over a question in the context of a wob-request, have interesting news about fresh case-law that others could use, is looking for a good contact in another country and so on.
• The [list]datajournos@XXXXXXXXXX is aimed at all journalists, who use data and/or FOIs and who stumble over a question in their research, have interesting news about fresh experiences that others could use, is looking for a good contact in another country and so on.
• You can follow our work specifically through feeds, via Facebook, via Twitter and via LinkedIn.
• We highly recommend the list of the FOIadvocates for debates about freedom of information and to meet the activists and academics who works for new and better FOIs around the world.