APPENDIX I Taking Stock: Are You a Healthy Information Community? No one has developed a system for scientifically measuring the quality of a local communityâ€™s information environment. But communities can begin to take stock of their information environments by considering the following eight features that the Knight Commission report stresses as elements of a healthy information community: 1. A majority of government information and services online, accessible through a central and easy to use portal
- Driver license and vehicle registration information
- Tax information
- Social services
- Contact information for government officials
2. A local government with a committed policy on transparency
- Are documents publicly available and understandable?
-A re they easy to obtain and promptly released under appropriate freedom of information laws?
- Is government operating in the sunshine?
3. Quality journalism through local newspapers, local television and radio stations, and online sources
-A re they economically healthy and robust, providing high quality civic information as well as life-supporting information?
- Is there a diversity of viewpoints and competitive choice?
The Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy