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GPO is replacing FDsys with govinfo

December 14, 2018 is FDsys's last day
Sarajean Petite  /  Wednesday, November 21, 2018  /  Categories: Featured Gov Doc, New Tools and Databases  /  Rate this article:
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Since 2009, FDsys has been the platform that the United States Government Publishing Office used to disseminate U.S. government information.  After listening to user feedback, GPO created Govinfo.gov, a mobile-friendly platform with all the content of FDsys. Govinfo.gov "is also a standards-compliant preservation repository, advanced search engine, and content management system that securely controls digital content throughout its lifecycle to ensure content integrity and authenticity" (Govinfo.gov). On December 14, 2018, GPO will shut down FDsys.

The enhancements include:
  • "Clean, mobile friendly design."  Like most mobile sites, the information is in a single column. The font is easy to read, and if one scrolls down, one can see all the menus.

  • "Linked related documents – links to select related documents right from the Details page for" Congressional Bills, Public and Private Laws, Congressional Reports, Congressional Record, Presidential Signing Statements and Remarks from the Compilation of Presidential Documents, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations.

  • "Curated feature articles" give background information about a topic and link to relevant resources on Govinfo.gov.  For example, Documents on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy includes the story as told on the JFK Library website, refers users to the National Archives' President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection, and provides links to govinfo's files, which include the Air Force One Flight Deck recording, the Warren Commission Report, hearings, and exhibits, and tributes and eulogies delivered in Congress.
  • "Quick and easy social sharing" allows the user to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  The share button also enables the user to "email, print, bookmark [and] add to favorites."
  • "Browse collections A-Z and by Category" The categories include: Budget and Presidential Materials, Congressional Committee Materials, Congressional Rules and Procedures, Directories of Organizations and Officials, Executive Agency Publications, Judicial Publications, Legislative Agency Publications, Proceedings of Congress and General Congressional Publications, and Regulatory Information
  • "Sortable search filters" allow the user to "sort collections alphabetically, dates chronologically," by person, by the name or state of  bills' sponsors and co-sponsors, by publication name, and by name of court. The filters allow filtering by collection, congress number, congress member, volume, and agency.
  • "RSS notification feeds are available for many govinfo collections and generally include the 100 most recent documents published. Feeds are also available for bulk data, which can be used with GPO's bulk data repository to download XML data sets in bulk."
  • "Custom landing pages"  When one accesses a collection via the "Browse by A to Z" list, one reaches a page with a short description of the collection.
  • "Customizable, open source search engine"
  • Shorter, more user friendly URLs. The URLs "follow a pattern (below) that can be formed using an identifier unique to the particular publication."  They all include "The identifier for the entire package (document)" followed by "The identifier for the individual granule (part of a document)" followed by "The name of the rendition for a specific file format. (e.g., pdf, html, xml, xls)" followed by a file extension.


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