NTIA data visualization style guides

Ben Welsh filed this request with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States of America.
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DOC-NTIA-2019-000764

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From: Ben Welsh

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any and all style guides that govern how NTIA creates and formats information graphics and data visualizations.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Welsh

From: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=DOC-NTIA-2019-000764&type=request)
* Tracking Number: DOC-NTIA-2019-000764
* Requester Name: Ben Welsh
* Date Submitted: 02/21/2019
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: A copy of any and all style guides that govern how NTIA creates and formats information graphics and data visualizations.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

From: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Mr. Welsh,

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. For internal tracking purposes, NTIA has assigned this matter the following: NTIA FOIA 19-027.

We believe that the following public information answers your inquiry:

Data and Information Quality Guidelines: https://www.ntia.doc.gov/legacy/ntiahome/occ/ntiaiqguidelines_09252002.htm

In addition the following information is also publicly available: https://www.ntia.doc.gov/page/2011/about-ntias-web-site-accessibility-policy

Other suggested webpages include: https://digitalliteracy.gov/content/digital-literacy-website-content-and-comment-policy and http://www.osec.doc.gov/opog/OG/ (the latter includes links the Department's data.gov website which includes data tools and applications).

We believe these links satisfy your request. And as such we are closing this request. If, however, these links do not provide you with the information you are seeking, you must provide more information and detail as to what you are seeking.

If NTIA does not hear from you within 30 days of the date of this email, NTIA will close this matter administratively as fulfilled.

Stacy M. Cheney
FOIA Contact
Senior Attorney Advisor
NTIA
US Department of Commerce
202-482-1864

From: Ben Welsh

Thank you for this response. I appreciate the links, but none of them seem to include a rulebook that governs how the NTIA creates publications and, in particular, data visualizations and infographics. if such documents exist, I request that they be released.

From: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Mr. Welsh:

Thank you for your reply. As NTIA stated in its email to you on February 21, we would close out the request if we did not hear from you in 30 days. We had not heard from you in 30 days. Accordingly, NTIA closed out your request on March 22. You are welcome to file a new FOIA request.

Jessica Quinley
Attorney Advisor
Office of the Chief Counsel
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 4713
Washington, DC 20230
202-482-1034
jquinley@ntia.gov<mailto:jquinley@ntia.doc.gov>

From: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Mr. Welsh:

As we stated in our email to you on April 18, 2019, your FOIA request is closed. In its email to you on February 21, 2019, NTIA stated that it would close out the request if we did not hear from you in 30 days. Because 30 days had passed and we did not hear from you, NTIA closed out your FOIA request on March 22, 2019. You are welcome to file a new FOIA request.

Jessica Quinley
Attorney Advisor
Office of the Chief Counsel
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 4713
Washington, DC 20230
202-482-1034
jquinley@ntia.gov<mailto:jquinley@ntia.doc.gov>

From: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Your FOIAonline user account for requests@muckrock.com has been deactivated due to inactivity.

From: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Mr. Welsh,

We received a follow up fax from you today seeking the status of your FOIA request, NTIA FOIA 19-027. You filed your original request on Feb. 18, 2019. On Feb. 21, 2019, NTIA provided some helpful information via an email and asked whether this information satisfied your request and if not provide a clarification. However, we did not hear back from you within 30 days and therefore we closed your request on March 21, 2019. You have also asked for the status a couple more times. NTIA noted each time that it had closed your request. NTIA again reiterates here that your request is closed.

First, we note that we do not have a Style Guide at NTIA for Data Visualizations. Next, regardless, you may file a new FOIA at any time seeking this or any other record. You can file directly your new FOIA at efoia@ntia.gov<mailto:efoia@ntia.gov> or FOIAOnline.gov.

Stacy M. Cheney
FOIA Contact
Senior Attorney Advisor
NTIA
US Dept. of Commerce

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