Friday 16 January 2009

GPO's Federal Digital System now in beta

GPO’s snazzy new website called the Federal Digital System (FDsys) is now available in beta, and they want your feedback. The site provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes. According to the site, the migration of information from GPO Access to FDsys will be complete in mid-2009. The migration is occurring on a collection-by-collection basis. Collections currently available on FDsys are:
Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 to Present)
Congressional Bills (103rd Congress to Present)
Congressional Documents (104th Congress to Present)
Congressional Hearings (105th Congress to Present)
Congressional Record (1994 to Present)
Congressional Reports (104th Congress to Present)
Federal Register (1994 to Present)
Public and Private Laws (104th Congress to Present)

In conjunction with the change of administration on January 20, 2009, the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents will provide more timely access to Presidential Documents by making materials available in electronic format on a daily basis.
Visually, the site is light years ahead of the GPO Access site. We'll have to test whether it's better at finding information.

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