GPO Gate Ceasing Production

This is to inform users of GPO Gate that the University of California’s California Digital Library and the University of California, San Diego will cease production of GPO Gate on March 15th.

GPO Gate, a web interface to the suite of GPO Access databases, was originally created to overcome the early restrictions on availability of GPO Access and to provide a graphical user interface and simplified searching for our users.  Throughout GPO Gate’s existence we have continually strived to create and maintain a quality system that meets the needs of a broad range of users.  GPO Gate became the second graphical web gateway to GPO Access on August 1, 1995 and was later adopted by the California Digital Library as the official gateway for the University of California System.

For all of those who have been involved with GPO Gate over the years, it has been a terrific project and we thank you.  In particular the GPO Gate team appreciates the ideas, suggestions, and support we have received from our users.  This input helped to create a first-rate interface to the GPO Access suite of databases.

We are ceasing production of GPO Gate for a variety of reasons. First, we have found that we must spend an increasing amount of time and resources to keep GPO Gate functioning and available.  In addition, we believe the best use of our resources will be in the area of providing persistent access to collections of digital government information rather than gateways to information stored on government agency websites.  We believe that this focus will better meet the current and long term needs of our users.  The California Digital Library is committed to providing superior access to digital government information.  Examples of CDL’s digital government information projects include:

–Counting California (countingcalifornia.cdlib.org) provides user-friendly and integrated access to federal and State of California numeric data.

–Shared Cataloging Project, a collaborative project to systematically catalog California digital government information resources for access in University of California library catalogs.

After GPO Gate Ceases Production Please Select From the Following Methods:

1. To link to a suite of GPO Access databases:

GPO Access via Sailor: <http://gpo.sailor.lib.md.us/bin/GPOAccess.cgi> Sailor is a project of the Maryland Public Libraries.

GPO Access: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/index.html GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office

2. To link to individual databases:

See the GPO Access main page ( http://www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html ) and select from the Quick Links or the “broad topics” (e.g. Legislative, Executive, etc.) to search individual databases such as the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, etc.

For more information on the GPO Access databases or on government information please contact a government information librarian.