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Creating a Future Digital System

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Master Integrator of the Future Digital System, also known as FDsys. The launch of the RFP marks a major point in GPO's timetable to create a new content management system to provide permanent public access to all federal government information.

"Our first step was to form a basic concept and vision, and then we sought feedback from industry experts," according to Mike Wash, GPO's CTO. "The next stepthe creation of FDsys-is like building a house, and this is the point in the process where we are looking for a general contractor to help design the system to meet our needs." Firms have 30 days to submit a proposal (http://www.gpo.gov/projects/ dfsys.htm).

BioMed Central Welcomes EC Report

BioMed Central welcomed a report from the European Commission (EC) that calls attention to problems with the current system for scientific publication. The study, prepared by economists at Toulouse University and the Free University of Brussels, identified reasons why the current scientific publishing system does not work as effectively as it should. The report also recommends policies to improve the system.

"This is a very important report," said Matthew Cockerill, publisher at BioMed Central. "It confirms what BioMed Central has been saying for some time-that scientists and funders are getting a poor deal from the traditional publishing system, which delivers limited access at high cost. The report also supports the view that open access publication, funded by article-processing charges, would provide greater transparency and so deliver a more efficient service to the scientific community. …

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