chapter  6
The Influence of the One Party Regime on Archives in Malawi: 1964 to 1994
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The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Datasets may appear to be valid and comprehensive, but in reality they may not be traceable to an evidentiary source, such as a record, and this can undermine open data initiatives. By 2013, enthusiasm for open data had largely overshadowed access to information, which tends increasingly to be seen by governments as expensive and laborious, and by some civil society groups as too limited in scope to enable true transparency and accountability. Norway's leading edge approach to open government is achieved through a powerful combination of interconnected laws, standards, well-defined metadata architectures and technologies to ensure that people can access complete, accurate and authoritative government information. The Freedom of Information Act cuts across state, county and municipal governments.