date: Mon Aug 24 17:00:16 2009
from: Phil Jones <p.jonesatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Fwd: Freedom of Information
to: "Palmer Dave Mr (LIB)" <David.PalmeratXYZxyz.ac.uk>
From the language in this request, I'd regard it as vexatious.
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Subject: Freedom of Information
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 17:33:56 +0100
Thread-Topic: Freedom of Information
From: "Keiller, Donald" <Don.KeilleratXYZxyzlia.ac.uk>
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Dear Mrs Palmer, I have been reading with increasing disbelief the litany of
excuses offered by CRU FOI Officers to Steve McIntyre at "Climate Audit"
(http://www.climateaudit.org/) to refuse release of original temperature data
held at CRU.
The refusal of FOI requests on the basis of confidentiality agreements which
were either "verbal", or "lost" is clearly illegal.
If you cannot substantiate these agreements, then they are null and void.
Similarly the refusal to provide data to allow fellow scientists access to
original data to reproduce published findings strikes at the very heart of
Papers produced without such supporting data become hearsay and must be
Accordingly I make the following FOI request, confirming that I am a academic
who has published in the area of climate change in the past and that I
currently work in an academic institution.
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (2000) "General right of access to
information held by public authorities"
In this Act any reference to a "request for information" is a reference to
such a request which-
(a) is in writing,
(b) states the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and
(c) describes the information requested.
For the purposes of subsection (1)(a), a request is to be treated as made in
writing where the text of the request-
(a) is transmitted by electronic means,
(b) is received in legible form, and
(c) is capable of being used for subsequent reference.
I hereby request:
1. A copy of any digital version of the CRUTEM station data set that has been
sent from CRU to Peter Webster and/or any other person at Georgia Tech
between January 1, 2007 and June 25, 2009
2. A copy of any instructions or stipulations accompanying the transmission
of data to Peter Webster and/or any other person at Georgia Tech between
January 1, 2007 and June 25, 2009 limiting its further dissemination or
Dr. D.R. Keiller.
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