The Government Domain: A Handful of Classics, By Peggy Garvin, LLRX (October 31, 2009)
This is an update by Peggy Garvin of her tracking of federal web sites for her book, e-Government and Web Directory: U.S. Federal Government Online (formerly: United States Government Internet Manual). In it she notes that many federal government sites are not well optimized for indexing and ranking by popular search engines and that government web databases are still a large part of what is called the Deep Web or “the UnGooglable”.
She also found, in talking to professionals who are not information professionals, that “some standard government web resources are not as universally known as I had imagined. These are federal government resources that librarians know well and — if they’re like me — tend to assume everyone knows. Everyone doesn’t.” She advises us to “Do the newbies a favor and clue them into a few old favorites” and she lists some of hers in this article.
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