On December 20, the U.S. Government Printing Office announced that it had formally launched the Federal Digital System (FDsys) as GPO’s primary portal for online access to information from all three branches of the Federal government. GPO Access will continue to be updated until mid-2011, when it will officially sunset.
FDsys includes many new features that are designed to ease searchability and enhance the basic functionalities that GPO Access offers. The new system allows users to:
- Search across multiple government publications or collections from a single search box.
- Perform an advanced search against metadata about each publication from a single advanced search page.
- Construct complex search queries using advanced Boolean and field operators.
- Refine and narrow searches by applying filters, sorting results, and searching within results.
- View additional information about a publication and access multiple file formats from each search result.
- Download content and metadata as a single ZIP file.
AALL members offered helpful feedback on the beta version of FDsys in small focus groups at the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting in Portland and at GPO’s headquarters here in Washington, D.C. We were pleased that the FDsys team incorporated many of our members’ suggestions, including the option to find documents by citation.
The Government Relations Office is looking for your feedback on the new FDsys, including what you like about the system and what you think could be improved—both from your own perspective and that of your users. Please email Director of Government Relations Mary Alice Baish with your comments, using FDsys as the subject line. Thank you!