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8 more collections added to GPO’s federal digital system (FDsys)

The Government Printing Office (GPO) has just released 8 new collections into the Federal Digital System (FDsys) — http://www.fdsys.gov/. That brings the number of collections in FDsys to 21 — very cool indeed. The new collections are:

The Congressional Directory, Congressional Record (Bound), United States Government Manual, and United States Statutes at Large will be available with authenticated digital signatures.

There is a capabilities release schedule with an API and several other useful functionalities scheduled to be operational in 2010, only a few months away.

Given all the hubbub about the GPO purl server crash over 2 weeks ago (and counting), I decided to re-read FDSys Releases and Capabilities version 5.0 (PDF). There’s nothing in the document about the migration from purls to handles (which seems to have been put on some back burner in a back closet). There’s mention of “System Backup/Restore” (section 4.6.13), but this being a “definitions” document, there’s no discussion about *how* the system backup/restore will occur nor how the system “shall support an average peak time availability of 99.7%.” I hope that information regarding system infrastructure backup and redundancy is soon forthcoming.

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