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cal was developing requirements," Davis said. The development team consulted with all stakeholders in the project, in- cluding Federal Depository librarians, congressional staff and other agencies that would use the system. The goal was not new technology, but serving the stakeholders. "First of all, you want to do no harm," he said. The idea was to keep users happy while adding new features. Success required having a clear vision to define the framework. "There was a lot of involvement from subject matter experts" who produce and use the documents in developing require- ments, LaPlant said. Because GPO must ensure that its digital material will remain available in the future, through both FDsys and the 1,200 libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program, the framework uses the Open Archival Information System, a ref- erence model from the International Or- ganization for Standardization that speci- fies the concepts for a digital preservation system. "We knew that was something that would fit our needs," LaPlant said. A basic element of the model is the Archival In- formation Package in which both primary material and its metadata are stored as a single object. Managing data and meta- data together allows information to be easily searched and to be transferred as one package. Metadata is provided in XML, which allows documents to be encoded in a format that is human and machine read- able, making it ideal for documents being searched for and accessed through the In- ternet. XML has become the go-to format for information in digital government initiatives, part of the Obama administra- tion's policy of leveraging the Web and virtual environments for delivery of gov- ernment products and services. In 2012 GPO began replacing its 30-year-old composition engine called Microcomp with XML Professional Pub- lisher (XPP) to enable the direct XML for- matting of documents for both electronic and print publication. This eliminated the step of transforming documents for publi- cation in XML. The decision was made to develop and host FDsys in-house because GPO staff already was familiar with the agency's systems, the material being produced and the needs of FDsys. With the shift at GPO away from primarily ink-on-paper to elec- tronic publishing, "we had the technical capability to handle it ourselves," Davis said, although, "I wouldn't say finding the staff was easy." GPO uses a commercial content de- livery network for reliable response and to accommodate bursts in demand, but hosts FDsys on its premises, as well as a backup site for continuity of operations and disaster recovery. CLOUD ON THE HORIZON The agency is evaluating cloud-based technology for FDsys as part of its upcom- ing major refresh, along with a new an open source search engine, Solr, which promises fault tolerant performance on a large scale. A new user interface for mobile devices also is in the works. The FDsys site now is accessible through mobile browsers, "but you have to do a lot of pinching and scroll- ing," LaPlant said. A mobile interface has always been on the FDsys roadmap, and with the rapid adoption of the devices, "we saw it was time to do it." With FDsys established as a scalable and reliable, GPO also is offering it to other agencies as a platform for archiving and disseminating material. It already is hosting such diverse materials as historic Treasury Department documents, audio recordings of radio traffic from Air Force One following the JFK assassination and President' Nixon's Watergate grand jury testimony. GPO wants to expand these services, possibly to include online sites branded for client agencies. "It depends on the needs of the client agency," Davis said. • GCN JUNE 2014 • GCN.COM 29 The Senate Rules Committee in April approved S.1947, a bill that would change the name of the Government Printing Of ce to the Government Publishing Of ce. The bill re ects the evolution of the GPO from a 19th century printing of ce to a 21st century electronic publisher and content manager. "We need to update our name to accurately re ect our broad range of services," said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. The bill also would change the public printer's title to "director" and would remove the current requirement that the director "must be a practical printer and versed in the art of bookbinding.'' Print is always going to be with us, Vance-Cooks said, and GPO still continues to print and bind books when necessary. But "we are putting the information into any format that is wanted." Print is shifting to more exible production technologies such as print-on-demand and will not necessarily be the primary format for a document. "Our role is to make sure we strike the right balance." GPO's new mission begets a new name