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  1. Hands on with FDsys Christopher C. Brown July 28, 2011

  2. Scope Breadth Depth

  3. What’s in Fdsys?

  4. Technologies behind FDsys Apache Software Foundation Indexing and search implementation Hit highlighting and faceted search

  5. Legislative Materials Components of Legislative History. Note: This is not intended to be a chronological chart, but shows available documents. GAO Cong Rpts Cong Hearings Pub & Prvt Laws USC Cong Bills CR Daily CR Bound CR Index CRS Cong Docs Cong Comm. Prnts Stat at Large CBO Congressional Calendars Congressional Directory Congressional Pictorial Directory including New Member Pictorial Directory Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation History of Bills House Practice House Rules and Manual Journal of the House of Representatives Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives Riddick's Senate Procedure Senate Manual Example with P.L. 111-19

  6. Executive Materials Fed Reg LSA CFR Unified Agenda Comp of Pres Docs Public Papers of the Pres Budget Economic Rept of the Pres Coastal Zone Information Center Commerce Business Daily Bulk Data Education Reports from ERIC United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book) Privacy Act Issuances

  7. Judicial Materials Supreme Ct. FLITE

  8. Metadata Varies by Collection • Education Reports from ERIC • Federal Register • History of Bills • House Rules and Manual • Journal of the House of Representatives • GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions • List of CFR Sections Affected • Privacy Act Issuances • Public and Private Laws • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States • Senate Manual • United States Code • United States Government Manual • United States Statutes at Large • Additional Government Publications • Budget of the United States Government • Code of Federal Regulations • Compilation of Presidential Documents • Congressional Bills • Congressional Calendars • Congressional Committee Prints • Congressional Directory • Congressional Documents • Congressional Hearings • Congressional Record • Congressional Record (Bound Edition) • Congressional Record Index • Congressional Reports • Economic Indicators • Economic Report of the President

  9. “More” – Drilling Down

  10. The Whole and the Parts

  11. Authentication

  12. Browse

  13. Browse by Collection

  14. Browse by Congressional Committee

  15. Browse Past 24 Hours!

  16. Search

  17. NextGen Search Strategies:Search First / Limit Later • Old Strategy: Identify resource first; then search • Fdsys Strategy: Search first; then limit

  18. “Help” is Actually Helpful

  19. Proximity Operators Proximity Operators allow you to specify searches where one word is near, next to, or in the vicinity of another word.  The three proximity operators defined are: • Adj: The adj proximity operator specifies that one word is adjacent to another in a document • before/#: The before/# proximity operator specifies that the first word is within # words and before the second word • near/#: The near/# proximity operator specifies that the first word is within # words of the second word

  20. Search Examples • (death adj toll) near/50 iraq • jared polis [retrieves Jared Polis; Polis, Jared; Polis, Hon. Jared] • barackobama [retrieves Barack H. Obama; Obama, Barack H.; Barack Obama; Barack Hussein Obama]

  21. Hearings: Search by Witness • Searches the Witness field for words, not for names • FDsys doesn’t index witnesses with consistency

  22. LexisNexis has Gates as a Witness, but FDsys does not

  23. Regulations • One of my first docs questions in 1986 was on raisin grades. • Fdsys makes this extremely easy to answer.

  24. A Citation Locator • Use LSA to find FR section, then use citation locator to navigate to FR. • Pull up 28 U.S.C. 2255. • 27 CFR § 9.137 on Grand Valley approved maps

  25. What Two Hearings Does This WSJ Article Appear in?

  26. Not Moose and Squirrel, but Bomb and Squirrel

  27. Not all PURLs Resolve to FDsys Partial Revert of Bulk Modified PURLs Written on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 In January 2011, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) bulk modified PURLs to point from GPO Access to the FDsys equivalent since FDsys is GPO’s official system of record. Over the past few months, the library community has been reporting discrepancies with some new PURL target URLs pointing to FDsys. Consequently, GPO has reverted PURLs that originally pointed to GPO Access WAIS documents (*) while we investigate the issue. Once the issues have been resolved, the PURLs will again be modified to point to the FDsys equivalent, and the community will be notified. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the community’s assistance in identifying the issue. • Example:

  28. Annoyances • Dates sorted by search hits rather than logically in reverse chronological order