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FDSys Blog – RIP?

The GPO staff tasked with developing the Future Digital System (FDSys) launched a blog in May 2005 to communicate with the potential user and developer communities. Although never properly or officially promoted to the depository community, we at FGI hailed its launch as a forward-looking way of gathering feedback and offering the potential for dialog between system designers and potential users.

In my personal view, it never developed that way. It did have a useful role in announcing new FDSys documents and requesting feedback. After some pointed questions about policy neutral systems, the people running the FDSys blog announced that henceforth they would only respond to “appropriate questions.” Even after that though, new announcements would occaisionally be made.

No more, it seems. While new developments about FDSys have been made through other channels, there have been no new postings on the FDSys blog since January 24, 2006. Four months in Internet time is ages, so I’m making the assumption that the experiment in rapid-two way collaboration is effectively ended. On the positive side, perhaps they’re too busy building to have time blogging. But I hope it is something that GPO will try again in the future when they have time to write and the community has time to listen.

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