GPO Launches Beta of govinfo.gov, Site Will Eventually Replace FDsys
From Roll Call:
On govinfo.gov — which the Government Publishing Office’s spokesman declared “the Google for government documents” — users can access the Congressional Record, track the course of legislation or perhaps dive into a treasure trove of information specifically on President Gerald Ford.
Government geekery aside, anyone from the general public may punch out “Obamacare” and get a copy of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the agency’s most popular document at 14 million downloads in the last six years.
Since 2009, the office has managed 2 billion downloads total — or nine downloads per second — by stakeholders across the country who consist of academics, lawyers, researchers and lawmakers.
The Government Publishing Office is a legislative agency but publishes information for all three branches of government. It recently started storing opinions from judges inside more than 100 federal courtrooms across the U.S.
Govinfo.gov will operate in beta testing mode for one year while the agency gathers feedback from users. A permanent website is expected in 2017.
govinfo is GPO’s beta website that will eventually replace the FDsys website. The availability of this new website has no impact on the content, metadata, preservation repository, application of digital signatures, or any other back end processing of the content. This means all content available through this site is the same content you would get through the FDsys website. Simply put, govinfo is the new front door to accessing the same content and it is available at www.govinfo.gov.
Right now, all content available on FDsys is available on govinfo by conducting searches and clicking the format links in the search results. You can get to any pdf, xml, text or any other content file that is available on FDsys.
From the Formal GPO News Release:
There are more than 1.5 million titles available on govinfo, with more added daily. Collections on govinfo include:
- The Congressional Record
- Federal Register
- Congressional Calendars, Hearings, Reports Bills
- The U.S. Code
- Code of Federal Regulations
- U.S. Courts Opinions
- The Federal Budget
Some key features on govinfo:
- Mobile-friendly optimized for screen size
- An ABC list of collections
- Quick Links to popular publications
- Related Documents
- Search by Calendar
- Shareable social media content
Direct to “What’s Currently Available” on govinfo.gov
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.