Disseminating and Preserving Digital Public Information Products Created by the U.S. Federal Government: A Case Study Report

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As the agency charged with “Keeping America Informed,” the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) seeks to gain a better understanding of how Federal organizations disseminate, catalog, and preserve their digital public information products.1 To advance this goal, GPO entered into an interagency agreement with the Federal Research Division (FRD) within the Library of Congress to conduct a study on these agencies’ dissemination and preservation policies.

The information for this study was gathered primarily through structured interviews with senior managers in agency communications roles. Respondents were asked about a range of topics, including how born-digital information products are published, released, and distributed; the content types, formats, and dissemination channels used; agency practices for preserving digital information products; external partnerships and public access to federally funded research publications; and awareness of GPO’s statutory information programs. The findings
presented within this report provide insights to Federal publishing strategies in light of the central role played by websites, social media, and other internet-based dissemination channels.

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