Contains the Republican Party's mission statement and legislative
agenda for the upcoming Congress. A copy can also be found on the
Source: Larry Schankman, GOVDOC-L, November 15, 1994; revised by the
RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995.
CRIME BILL ON INTERNET.
The full-text of the recently signed Crime
bill is available from the gopher server of C-SPAN, the cable
network devoted to public affairs coverage. Source: Jeff Steinman,
Internet News, October 1994; Alex George McAlmon, UNCJIN-L, September 19,
DEFENSELINK AVAILABLE ONLINE.
The Department of Defense's 24-hour,
7-day a week, public affairs online service is now available via
the world wide web at [http://www.dtic.dla.mil/defenselink]. With
more items in the works, DefenseLINK currently carries DoD news
releases, DoD contract award announcements (for awards of $5
million or more), memoranda for correspondents, press advisories,
the daily public schedules for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary
of Defense, and transcripts of DoD news and background briefings.
All releases are archived and available in three different search
databases: the previous 7 days, the current month, and all previous
releases. The archive began October 15, 1994. Source: Mary
Parhamovich, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, GOVDOC-L, November
HOW MUCH DOES A DEPOSITORY LIBRARY COST?
Do you really think that
documents are free? Robert Dugan and Ellen Dodsworth at Lauinger
Library at Georgetown University calculated how much it cost GPO to
supply documents to their library in 1993, plus how much it cost
their library to process and maintain them. According to their
calculations, it cost their library $4 for every $1 spent by GPO.
For more information, see "Costing Out a Depository Library : What
Free Government Information?" in Government Information Quarterly,
vol. 11, no. 3, 1994, pp.261-284.
Standard & Poor's has introduced a value-added,
real-time, high speed digital transmission service to deliver the
Securities & Exchange Commission EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering,
Analysis, and Retrieval) datafeed. Called S&P EDGAR, the new
service takes the raw SEC feed and adds headers to facilitate
identification and retrieval of each record. For more information,
contact Standard & Poor's, 25 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10004.
Source: Information Today, October 1994, p.2.
ELECTION INFORMATION VIA GOPHER.
The Michigan Department of
Education Gopher is keeping a state tally of races. The C-Span
gopher is tabulating winners and losers for Congress. Source:
Grace York, Depository Libraries, November 10, 1994.
ENVIRONMENT CANADA WEB SERVER.
Includes Canada's climate and
meteorological data updated daily, monthly, and seasonally.
Forecasts, maps, satellite images, and weather service
modernization information are all available.
[http://www.on.doe.ca] Revised 02/06/96
EPA LIST SERVER.
Hungry for e-mail? To receive copies of all
press releases issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, send
the message "Subscribe EPA-Press Firstname Lastname" to
. For information on additional
lists available, send a message to (R6-LIBRARY@epamail.epa.gov).
Source: GOVDOC-L, October 14, 1994.
EPA WWW SERVER AVAILABLE.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
announces the availability of a WWW server providing public access
to the EPA's public information. [http://www.epa.gov] Source:
Internic Scout Report, September 30, 1994.
Find out how your representatives are
addressing your environmental concerns courtesy of the League of
Conservation Voters. The
Environmental Scorecard rates House and Senate representatives
according to their voting records on critical environmental issues.
[http://www.igc.apc.org/lcv/home/scorecards-menu.html] Address change noted :
ESTIMATING THE NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS IN YOUR COLLECTION.
ever been asked to provide an estimate of the number of documents
in your collection? If you don't have actual counts, the following
figures--first reported by Catherine Reynolds in DTTP, Vol. 7,
no.3, pages 96 and 99--may prove helpful. 1 linear foot of paper
documents = 52 pieces; 1 volume of microfiche = 11 pieces; 1
microfiche title = 2.5 pieces; 1 inch of microfiche (with envelope)
= 75 pieces. Source: Jyoti P. Pandit, "Estimating Size of
Collection", GOVDOC-L, October 5, 1994.
Lyonette Louis-Jacques from the
University of Chicago Law Library reports that the European
Communities are now known collectively as the European Union.
European Union documents are available via a web server at URL:
[http://www.echo.lu/]. Source : Debbi Schaubman, Government
Documents Librarian, Michigan State University, September 9, 1994;
"European Union Basics FAQ and other Updates", INT-LAW, Sept. 8,
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION FTP SITE.
The URL address is [ftp://ftp.fcc.gov/pub]. Source: Internic Scout
Report, November 11, 1994.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION WORLD WIDE WEB.
The FCC has also launched a new world wide web. Users can retrieve
information on F.C.C. licensing fees, a listing of the commission's staff members,
and the Daily Digest, a synopsis of commission orders, news releases, public notices,
and speeches by commissioners.
Source: Mary Parhamovich, GOVDOC-L, October 12, 1994.
FEDERAL INFORMATION CENTER HOTLINE STILL AVAILABLE.
In this day
and age, everyone is trying to figure out where to find the latest
government information through gopher and world wide web and the
like. However some may take comfort in the fact that the venerable
Federal Information Center, started by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 to
"wage war on gobbledygook", is still around, handling 99,000
telephone calls in one recent month from people who had questions
for the federal government and were tired of bouncing around
federal switchboards and hanging on hold. In case you want to try
it out, call 1-800-347-1997. Hint: choose option #5 to speak with
a person. Source: Guy Gugliotta, "The Government's Answer Man",
Washington Post, October 4, 1994, p. A15.
in the United States is a series of
databases that provide information about research funded by the
Federal Government. These databases contain the names and
addresses of principal Investigators, grant titles, abstracts, and
keywords associated with grants funded by the NIH (National
Institutes of Health), National Science Foundation, the USDA (U.S.
Department of Agriculture), the SBIR (Small Business Innovation
Research Program), and the ATP (Advanced Technology Program).
[http://medoc.gdb.org/best/fed-fund.html] Source: Internic Scout
Report, November 11, 1994.
The October 1994 issue of Information Today
(p.13-14) has an interesting database review called "Fedworld
Unites Far-Flung Federal Data". It points out that Fedworld is not
a universal clearinghouse for all federally produced information,
concentrating instead on the same kinds of technical information
found in the heavily used NTIS bibliographic database. As a
result, numerous federal information-handling agencies such as the
Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, the
Securities and Exchange Commission, to name a few, are not part of
THE TROUBLE WITH FOIA REQUESTS.
Terry Anderson, who spent seven
years as a hostage in Beirut, decided to write a book about his
experience. As part of his research efforts, he submitted Freedom
of Information Act requests to a number of federal agencies asking
for all files concerning his captivity and his captors. Imagine
his surprise and amazement when he was informed by the Drug
Enforcement Agency that he would either have to supply proof of his
captors' death or an official, notorized privacy waiver from them
in order to see these materials. After all, FOIA is designed to
prevent unwarrented invasion of privacy! Later on, the Department
of Justice decided that they would no longer invoke the terrorists'
privacy rights to deny access but rely on national security
concerns instead. Source: Kathleen Day, "Ex-Hostage's FOI Quest
Takes a Ludicrous Turn", Washington Post, October 3, 1994, p.A17;
Washington Post, October 6, 1994, p.A29.
GPO ACCESS PROGRESS REPORT
As of the fourth week of September (1994), 250 depository
libraries now offer the Congressional Record and the Federal
Register online to the public, or 17.8% of the total number of
depository libraries, according to Jay Young. According to Young,
many depository libraries are not connected to the Internet, and
others, which are connected, have problems providing such a service
to the public. Others may offer the same information through
different access points. Source: Electronic Publishing Information
Newsletter, September 23, 1994, p.139.
When the Government Printing Office first
released CD-ROM products five years ago, they came with little
documentation and difficult software. Today's releases have better
documentation but still fall short in the user-friendly department.
Government CD-ROMs : A Practical Guide to Searching Electronic
Documents Databases, edited by John Maxymuk, has essays explaining
how to use such CD-ROM products as the 1987 Economic Census, the
County and City Data Book, the National Trade Data Bank, and The
Toxic Release Inventory. Other essays discuss setting up a multi-
unit workstation and several software programs. Includes an
annotated list of 125 CD-ROMs available from GPO. 324 pages;
price: $47.50; isbn: 0-88736-887-5; publisher: Mecklermedia.
Source: American Libraries, September 1994, p. 762.
GOVERNMENT PERIODICALS INDEX NOW ONLINE.
The U.S. Government
Periodicals Index is now available online via RLG's CitaDel
citation and document delivery service. The initial GPI release
includes more than 5500 articles published between October 1993 and
March 1994 and will be updated quarterly with approximately 2500
new entries. Full 1993 data will be added later this year, and
data for 1992 shortly thereafter. For more information, contact
Research Libraries Group, 1200 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA
94041. Source: Information Today, October 1994, p.11.
GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS.
Swartz and Karen J. Zimmerman wrote a wonderful article in the
August 1989 School Library Journal entitled "Hidden Treasure :
Government Documents for Children and Teens". Diana Gonzalez Kirby
has written an update entitled "Smokey & Company : Children's
Materials in U.S. Government Documents" in the August 1994 issue.
Source: DocSoup, October 1994, p.3.
HOW TO ACCESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THE INTERNET.
Maxwell has announced that he is completing work on a companion
work to How to Access the Government's Electronic Bulletin Boards
mentioned in the last issue of RED TAPE. The new book, which will
contain descriptions of nearly 300 federal government Internet
sites, should be published by Congressional Quarterly in May 1995
and will also cost $19.95. Source: Bruce Maxwell, e-mail:
, GOVDOC-L, November 8, 1994.
THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WEB SERVER.
can be reached at
[http://www.ustreas.gov/treasury/bureaus/irs/irs.html]. You may
want to check it out to see if it carries all the normal IRS forms
that people request. Source: Arlene Weible, Willamette University,
GOVDOC-L, November 23, 1994.
THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WEB SERVER PART II.
To make use of
the IRS forms, you will need the viewer/printer program available
via the same server or ftp at ftp.adoble.com. A word of warning
however--it's 1.4+ meg! Sources: John H. Taylor, Duke University,
GOVDOC-L, November 28, 1994; Doug Taylor, Jacksonville State
University, GOVDOC_L, November 29, 1994.
THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION,
the telecom policy making arm of the UN, based in Geneva, Switzerland,
can be reached directly via the
ITU HOME PAGE [http://info.itu.ch] or
ITU GOPHER. [gopher://info.itu.ch:70/]. Source: Internic Scout Report,
November 11, 1994; revised by the RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995.
Bernan is planning its first issue of the
Internet Connection: Your Guide to Government Resources. This
newsletter, to be published 10 times a year, will be devoted to
informing Internet users on how to locate and make best use of the
wealth of government information on the Internet. To receive a
free copy of the sample issue or for information on a subscription,
contact Bernan by telephone (1-800-274-4447), fax (301-459-0056),
or by electronic mail (email@example.com).
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DIGITIZING.
Few people have ever seen the
rarer treasures of the Library of Congress such as the Brady
photographs of the Civil War, listened to wax cylinder recordings
of early American songs, or traced changes on the American frontier
by studying the original maps it stores. With the help of other
institutions nationwide, the Library of Congress hopes to use
electronic technology to change all that. On October 13, the
Library of Congress will unveil a multimillion-dollar National
Digital Library project which will hopefully place 5 million rare
American artifacts on the Internet by the year 2000. For more
information, take a look at the front page of the October 10th
MONTHLY CHECKLIST OF STATE PUBLICATIONS DOOMED?
Edward Malone, Head, State Documents Division, the Library of
Congress is considering discontinuing the Monthly Checklist of
State Publications. Contributing factors include: budgetary
restrictions, declining number of subscriptions, availability of
information elsewhere. Source: Susan E. Tulis, "Monthly Checklist
of State Pubs", GOVDOC-L, October 31, 1994.
NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER K-12 WORLD WIDE WEB SERVER.
According to the homepage screen, this WWW server's mission
is to provide support and services for schools, teachers, and students
to fully utilize the Internet, and its underlying information technologies,
as one of the basic tools of learning and acquiring knowledge.
Contains links to HPCC and K-12 Internet Projects, partner schools,
and other NASA resources on the Internet. [http://quest.arc.nasa.gov]
For an extensive listing of K-12 and teacher resources,
[http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/OER/] Source: Internic Scout Report, September 16, 1994;
revised by the RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995 and February 9, 1996.
NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS HOMEPAGE.
Do you know why Congress created the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958? NASA's
directives are to conduct aeronautical and space "activities";
create a science program using aeronautical and space vehicles, and
inform the public as widely as posible about agency activities and
their benefits. The homepage contains images, sound and text to
explain what NASA does and why, and has links to many other NASA
pages. [http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/hqpao/hqpao_home.html] Source:
Internic Scout Report, September 23, 1994.
NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE WEB SERVER.
Includes links to
the NOAA home page as well as links to National Marine Fisheries
Science Centers and NMFS related sites. In addition, the books Our
Living Oceans Annual Report 1993 and Index for Fisheries of the
U.S. - 1992 are available online. [http://kingfish.ssp.nmfs.gov/home-page.html]
Source: Internic Scout Report, September 16, 1994.
The National Criminal Justice Reference
Service (NCJRS) has launched a new gopher to help information
seekers locate information about the agency, its services, and
products. For more information, contact William T. Browning,
Internet/Bulletin Board Coordinator, NCJRS, at (301) 251-5507 or
NCJRS HOME PAGE too. Source: "New NCJRS Gopher, TXDXN-L,
October 7, 1994; revised by RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995
NSF LAUNCHES WEB SERVER.
The National Science Foundation announces
its WWW Home Page which includes the Guide to Programs and the
Grants Proposal Guide. These documents provide information on
program initiatives at NSF, along with instructions for preparing
and submitting proposals, biographies of NSF officials, weekly
"What's New" pages, and a link to NSF's publications database are
also accessible. [http://stis.nsf.gov/] Source: Internic Scout
Report, September 9, 1994.
OVERSEAS BUSINESS REPORTS.
Wondering what happened to the Overseas
Business Reports series (C61.12:)? According to the Department of
Commerce, they will no longer be distributed in paper format;
however, they can still be located on the National Trade Data Bank
CD-ROM. Source: Laurie Hall, LPS, GPO, GOVDOC-L, October 4, 1994.
PATENT INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET.
The September 1994 issue of
Bernan Government Publications News has an article on searching for
patent information over the Internet. For more information,
contact Jeff Steinman, Bernan Publishing, electronic mail address
may wish to take a peek at one of NASA's most
popular home pages, WELCOME TO THE PLANETS, on the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory world wide web. It contains a collection of over 200 of
the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program,
including major planets, small bodies, and space craft used to make
the images. This collection has been extracted from the
interactive program "Welcome to the Planets" which will be
distributed on the Planetary Data System Educational CD-ROM in
November 1994. For more information contact Mark Takacs at
Source: Mary Parhamovich, GOVDOC-L, October 12, 1994.
PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND THE INTERNET.
The U.S. National Commission on
Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) recently released a 62-
page report called Public Libraries and the Internet: Study
Results, Policy Issues, and Recommendations. Findings include: (1)
Approximately 21% of U.S. public libraries are currently connected
to the Internet. (2) Public libraries serving larger communities
are more likely to have Internet connections. (3) Public libraries
primarily use the Internet to access federal information resources,
answer reference questions, and perform inter-library loan
transactions. For a free copy of the report, contact Cherylene
Rollerson, NCLIS, 1110 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Ste. 820, Washington,
D.C. 20005-3522 or call (202) 606-9200. Source: Jeff Steinman,
Internet News, October 1994.
RAP LINE AVAILABLE.
RAP is the Report All Poaching line of the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Call 1-800-292-7800, 24
hours a day, seven days a week, to report violations of wildlife-
protection laws to an on-duty conservation officer. It gets your
tip into the right hands immediately so that a game officer may be
able to intervene in time. As it turns out, October was a
particularly deadly month for a bald eagle and three trumpeter
swans in Michigan--all shot by .22 rifles. Source: Detroit Free
Press, November 15, 1994, p.4F.
STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION CODE ENDANGERED?
The Office of
Management and Budget has issued a proposal to replace the Standard
Industrial Classification code with a new system -- The North
American Industry Classification System (NAICS)--providing common
industry definitions for the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. For more
information, see the July 26th Federal Register. Source: Kenneth
M. Liss, GOVDOC-L, October 19, 1994.
UK GOVERNMENT INFO.
The UK government is now on the web. Complete
with a photo of Big Ben. [http://www.open.gov.uk/] Source:
Internic Scout Report, October 28, 1994.
.The United Nations Environment Programme's Office of
Harmonization of Environmental Measurement (UNEP-HEM) has
established a new world wide web site to make access to
environmental information easier globally.
[http://www.gsf.de/UNEP/index.html] For more information, send an
e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org). Source: UNEP-INFOTERRA, October 31,
1994, via Debbi Schaubman, Government Documents Library, Michigan
UN PUBLICATIONS CATALOG AVAILABLE.
For a copy of the 200-page
1994/95 United Nations Publications Catalog, call (800) 253-9646.
The 1994/95 catalog includes all sales items that are currently
available from United Nations Publications and replaces the
previous catalog issued for 1992/93. Also ask to be placed on the
mailing list for the bi-monthly "Catalogue Update".
UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE GOPHER.
The United States Institute of Peace, an independent, nonpartisan federal
institution created in 1984 and still funded by Congress to promote
international peace, has set up a gopher to provide public
information about its programs. For more information about the Institute of
Peace, contact Wilson Grabill, Office of Public Affairs and
Information, (202) 429-3809 (office). His e-mail address is
(email@example.com). Try the
UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE HOME PAGE too. Source: Internic Scout
Report, September 30, 1994; revised by the RED TAPE Editor, July 19, 1995 and
February 2, 1996.
VOICE OF AMERICA GOPHER.
Voice of America digests and
other related information can be found at the following gopher
address: [gopher://gopher.voa.gov]. [While perusing this gopher,
I came across a November 9 posting stating that the International
War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia opened in the Hague
this week, the first international court since the Nuremberg Trials
at the close of World War II. Some of you may recall the
presentation made by Natalie Nenadic at our May 19, 1994 Godort of
Michigan meeting.] Source: Walter L. Newsome, University of
Virginia Library, GOVDOC-L, October 25, 1994.
The Cascades Volcano Observatory of the U.S. Geological
Survey has announced a WWW server offering information on
volcanically-induced geologic and hydrologic hazards as well as
images of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena. Includes links to
their components of the USGS Volcano Hazards program such as the
Alaska and Hawaii Volcano observatory and the international Volcano
Disaster Assistance Program. [http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/home.html]
Source: Internic Scout Report, September 23, 1994.
WHITE HOUSE WORLD WIDE WEB AVAILABLE.
"In an effort to make
government information more readily accessible to the citizens
across the country, Vice President Gore...today (10/20) unveiled
the first interactive, multimedia, electronic citizens' handbook on
the White House, including detailed information about Cabinet-level
and independent agencies, and information about the First Family
and the White House. Welcome to the White House: An Interactive
Citizens' Handbook provides a single point of access to all
electronic government information on the Internet, a vast
electronic computer network used by people in more than 150
countries. Examples of accessible material demonstrated at today's
event include information about the President and Vice President
and their families, a virtual tour of the White House, detailed
information about Cabinet-level and independent agencies, a
subject-searchable index of federal information, and a map of
Washington, D.C." [http://www.whitehouse.gov] Source: Internic
Scout Report, October 21, 1994.