"With the increasing use and availability of information technologies, there has been a significant change in how federal agencies produce and disseminate government information. This change is resulting in new dissemination mechanisms, as well as new and changing user needs and expectations. As a result, the responsibilities and capacities of institutions that facilitate the flow of federal information to academic and citizen communities need to be rethought in this shifting environment." Source: White Paper: Access to and Services for Federal Information in the Networked Environment, Draft, March 25, 1997.

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