Beta version of new GovInfo platform launched by U.S. Government Publishing Office

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launched the beta version of the new GovInfo web site on 15 Feburary. The new platform will “eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys) public website.” Users of GovInfo can browse by A-Z list, by category, by date and by congressional committee content. A list of collections on the new platform (eg. Appropriations, Budget Estimates &c.) is in the table at the foot of this GPO page. A Recent Publications’ section provides quick access to current documents (eg. Budget of the U.S. Government, Fiscal Year 2017). Feedback is welcome via the upper right link on the GovInfo homepage.

New European Data Portal launched to enhance access to public-sector open datasets in 34 countries

The European Commission launched the European Data Portal (beta version) with access to 250,000 public-sector open datasets on 25 November. The new portal harvests metadata from 34 European countries (28 EU member states, EEA, Switzerland and countries in the EU Neighbourhood Policy programme) sourced from national, regional, local or domain-specific public data providers. The Eurovoc Thesaurus allows multilingual searching by data category. Online training materials are provided – with detailed information on data access, sharing and ownership. The portal provides an advanced search function for the discovery of public open data by geographical location. The European Data Portal is developed by the European Commission and partners: Capgemini, INTRASOFT International, Fraunhofer Fokus, con terra, Sogeti, the Open Data Institute, Time.Lex and the University of Southampton. The EC invites feedback on the beta version via this form. Details of access to data at the EUI are on this Library page.