Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Here Comes NexGen FDSys

Do you use federal government documents?  Is your computer connected to the internet? If you answered yes to these questions you may want to keep reading.

The Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) secure source for authentic digital content, the Federal Digital System (FDSys), is getting an upgrade.  NexGen FDSys’s beta test version is slated to go public this month.  The beta test version will run in parallel with the current version in order to get and incorporate additional user feedback prior to replacing the current version of FDSys in its entirety.

The new design is based on open source software which will allow GPO to change the system in response to current user needs.  The beta redesign is based on feedback from users about the current version and incorporates the following changes:

  • Simplified top level page which now focuses on two main tasks searching & browsing
  • Front page also includes quick links to recent publications, featured publications, and a new A to Z resource list
  • New ability to open several branches of a list at once rather than the opening a second branch causing the first open branch to collapse
  • New website also designed to be more mobile friendly

GPO has released a video which outlines the features of the beta release of NexGen FDSys.  You can see the video by following this link.

Keep an eye out for new advances from GPO. They are dedicated to making access to government information easier.

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