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Digital Government Information Archive from CIS, Lexis-Nexis

Magazine article Information Today

Digital Government Information Archive from CIS, Lexis-Nexis

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Congressional Information Service, Inc. (CIS) and LEXIS-NEXIS have announced plans to develop a digital archive of U.S. government information. The CIS Compass Library of Government Information will provide access to highvalue government publications created in digital formats as well as access to electronic versions of print publications.

The announcement comes at a time of growing concern over long-term access to government information published in digital formats, according to CIS. In response to a congressional mandate to cut costs, the Government Printing Office (GPO) recently declared its intention to convert primarily to electronic distribution within the next several years. Yet, as librarians and other government information users have noted, no definitive plans have been made to guarantee future access to this information.

The Compass Library will address these concerns by archiving the information, regardless of the digital format it was issued in, and then providing precise and reliable electronic access to the information. This library wil combine electronic availability with an emphasis on expanding user access to government information.

By applying information access approaches that focus on the needs of the end user, the Compass Library will open access to government information to an increasingly broad base. This larger user base, combined with the ability to manipulate and creatively combine source data, will expand the research and business concerns to which government information can be effectively applied, according to CIS.

The Library will focus initially on legislative materials, including congressional hearings, reports, prints, bills, and documents. Over the next three years it will expand to comprise additional high-value statistical, regulatory, judicial, and executive branch publications. …

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