U.S. Copyright Office Posts Two RFI's About Crowdsourcing and Developing a “Virtual Card Catalog” of Historical RecordsSubmitted by garyprice on Tue, 2012-05-01 07:25.
Yesterday, the U.S. Copyright Office posted two RFI's.
The first, is to learn more about software to build a virtual card catalog of historical copyright records.
The second, is to learn more about crowdsourcing the data capture from about 70 million catalog cards.
For those of you interested, you can find highlights, links to the full text docs, and a bit of background in a new LJ infoDOCKET post.
1. Link to Full Text of CRS Report
2. Complete Summary From Report
3. Link to FCW Article
4. Link to FierceGovernmentIT Article
From the CRS Summary
The transition to digital information raises a number of issues of possible interest to Congress. This report discusses those possible concerns as they affect FDLP. These issues, which are in some cases interrelated, may not only affect FDLP, but also extend beyond the program to a variety of contexts related to the management of government information in tangible and digital forms. Issues include the following: maintenance and availability of the FDLP tangible collection; retention and preservation of digital information; access to FDLP resources; authenticity and accuracy of digital material; robustness of the FDLP Electronic Collection; and the costs of FDLP and other government information distribution initiatives.
ProQuest To Begin Publishing “Statistical Abstract of the United States” (Print & Electronic Versions)Submitted by garyprice on Thu, 2012-03-22 06:34.
ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.
“I’m thrilled that ProQuest will continue aggregating this important content,” said Wright State University librarian Sue Polanka, author of the widely read No Shelf Required blog. Polanka was part of a Reference User Services Association committee who organized a discussion at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference about how to save the Statistical Abstract from extinction. “Even in our increasingly digital world, the Statistical Abstract remains one of the best reference sources for libraries.”
The ProQuest Statistical Abstract will be available in both print and digital formats. The digital version will include monthly updates to tables, deep searching at the line-item level, powerful facets for narrowing search results, image and spreadsheet versions of all current and historical tables, along with links to provider sites. The digital Statistical Abstract will be available as a stand-alone service or as a fully integrated part of ProQuest Statistical Insight, a comprehensive collection of statistical publications, including a million plus tables, covering subjects in economics, business, market research and the social sciences.
The print edition will continue much like its previous incarnations, with roughly the same number of tables as in past editions. The ProQuest statistical editorial team will also include detailed bibliographic documentation, an updated back-of-the-book index, and updated introductory sections. ProQuest will co-publish the book with Bernan Press, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc, which will print, market and distribute the book.
Both are available for pre-sale beginning in April 2012.
Note: We've also asked ProQuest for answers to a few questions about pricing, access, etc. We will we report back on INFOdocket when we here back.
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NARA, Sweden, ILO, Online Maps, Voting, Statistics, NASA, TOXNET, Transporation, DOT, Smithsonian, Federal Regulations, EnergySubmitted by garyprice on Wed, 2012-02-22 07:00.
Another in our series of roundups of news and new resources via INFOdocket.com. 15 items in all.
Additional Items That Might Be of Interest
Time once again for a selection of news and new resources that we hope will be an interest to the FGI community. The following posts are from INFOdocket.com (@infofodocket) where we compile and post new items daily. The oldest item in this roundup was posted on January 26, 2012.
Time once again for a selection of news and new resources that we hope will be an interest to the FGI community. The following posts are from INFOdocket.com (@infofodocket) where we compile and post new items daily.
10. Full Text Reference Resource: Trade & Development: UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics 2011
From the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
From a NextGov Article:
Nearly one-fifth of federal Web domains are inactive and one-fourth redirect to other dot-gov sites, according to an inventory conducted between August and October.
Active government domains employ 150 different content management systems, a hodgepodge of design templates that vary wildly from one division to the next, and a host of different performance metrics, according to a report compiled by the General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget.
The report lists 1,489 total government Web domains and about 11,000 websites.
At most of the inactive sites in the report, agencies appear to own the Web domain name but are no longer maintaining it. Some sites mayhave been shut down as part of the reform initiative, though.
Read the Complete Article
From The Washington Post:
The head of the Government Printing Office is out of a job — and he says he doesn’t know why.
Nobody on Capitol Hill or at the White House has told William Boarman why senators didn’t vote to confirm him before they left town over the weekend. President Obama granted Boarman a recess appointment earlier this year, after an April 2010 nomination to lead the agency responsible for printing government documents, training manuals, passports and maps.
By law, recess appointees not confirmed by the end of the next Senate term must step down. In November, two GOP senators dropped a hold on Boarman’s nomination and seemingly assured his eventual confirmation. But Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said late Saturday that fresh concerns with the nomination meant it wouldn’t happen.
Read the Complete Washington Post Article
See Also: News Release from the GPO
Bill Boarman has been honored to serve as the 26th Public Printer of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) for the last year. Having been nominated originally 20 months ago, having been reported out of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee unanimously twice, and not having been permitted to learn and respond to the nature of the objection to his confirmation, Boarman is disappointed in the result of Saturday’s Senate action. Nevertheless, he is proud of GPO's accomplishments this past year as the digital information platform for the Federal Government.
See Also: Comments by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Published in Congressional Record (December 17, 2011)