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ERIC Number: ED349031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-25
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying and Describing Federal Information Inventory/Locator Systems: Design for Network-Based Locators. Vol. I, Final Report. Vol. II, User Guide and Codebook for the Federal Locator Database.
McClure, Charles R.; And Others
This study continues the research reported in "Federal Information Inventory/Locator Systems: From Burden to Benefit: Final Report" (McClure, et al., 1990). Begun May 1, 1991, and completed in August 1992, this exploratory and descriptive research was intended to improve access to and use of U.S. Government information. Its methodology relied on multiple data collection and analysis strategies, employing primarily a qualitative approach with three specific objectives: (1) to identify existing and planned federal locators; (2) to identify critical success factors in the design, development, and maintenance of a federal agency locator; and (3) to identify and discuss key issues and policy recommendations related to the design and development of a government-wide locator system. Volume I describes the methodology of the study; summarizes the key findings from assessment of the locator systems described in the FLD (Federal Locator Database); identifies critical success factors to be considered in the development of a locator and in the establishment of agency locators; discusses selected key issues and conclusions related to the development, access, and use of the locator systems; and summarizes the current context in terms of the existing federal information policy framework, the evolution of Internet/NREN (National Research and Education Network), and the importance of client-server technology. The final chapter presents recommendations for developing a federal policy context to promote the development of locators and designing a network-based GIILS (government information inventory locator system). Six appendices to this volume include the Agency Interview Protocol and information on WAISTATION, a user interface for wide area information servers. Volume II describes the machine-readable version of the FLD, which was developed as a result of this study, and explains how to use the FLD. The five appendices that make up the major part of this volume provide brief descriptive information on the locators and other government databases identified during the study. (77 references/11 references) (BBM)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Bibliographic Records, Computer Networks, Computer System Design, Data Collection, Federal Government, Government Publications, Information Dissemination, Information Management, Information Processing, Information Retrieval, Interviews, Needs Assessment, Public Agencies, Public Policy, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC.; General Services Administration, Washington, DC.; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. School of Information Studies.