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Institutional Repository Service for Federal Science Agencies Underway

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 20, 2011 — The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa), a small, woman-owned company in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, have recently formed a Joint Venture (JV) to develop an Institutional Repository (IR) Service for federal agencies. Institutional Repositories are collections of agency scientific and technical information documents and other content that represent the work and mission of the agency, provided as a searchable, digital collection. The IR will be hosted by NTIS and promoted and supported by expert content managers and a technical team from IIa and NTIS. As part of this new NTIS line of business, the IR will provide a framework through which federal agency content can be made available, providing users with increased ease of access and agencies with cost savings.

The Director of NTIS, Bruce Borzino, states: “There is a huge demand coming from national laboratory and federal research communities to dramatically update the way scientists publish, share, and archive information. Through selected partnerships such as this one with IIa, NTIS can attain its e-science development goal of creating new levels of transparency for scientific, technical, and engineering content.”

The president and founder of IIa, Bonnie Carroll, points out that “the Institutional Repository Service will provide content management and information dissemination, making it easier for agency personnel and the public to find and receive better access to information resources. The IR will support a wide variety of content types including images, audio, video, and traditional text.”

Individual IRs will be developed for agencies based on a core set of services with optional services, including those based on Web 2.0 technologies. This IR Service will be a valuable asset for smaller agencies, agency components, projects and programs that need to provide information collection and dissemination but do not have sufficient IT and content management support, for agencies who are interested in support for retooling their current repositories, and for agencies seeking to take advantage of new technologies such as mash-ups, blogs, and wikis which they can reuse and repurpose from other resources through the IR. Agencies will be able to respond to growing Administration Open Government requirements for transparency and citizen involvement. One major benefit will be that cost savings will occur as the technology and development of the system is shared — not redeveloped in multiple settings.

Among the core services to be provided will be content inventories, selection, and harvesting; the ability to map agency information to a core metadata scheme based on the standards to be used by and on the needs of the agency; customized interface design; increased search capabilities; and disaster recovery, archiving and preservation. Optional services may include extension of the core metadata scheme to meet the specific needs of the agency audience, customized controlled vocabularies and taxonomies, metadata creation and controlled vocabulary indexing, quality assurance capabilities, and value-added subject matter expertise. Links can be developed between different types of content and documents to make searching easier and add to the value of searches. Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa) is an ISO 9001:2008 registered information management company that serves customers worldwide from its headquarters in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with offices and staff in the Washington, D.C. area, six states, as well as in England and Germany. For 23 years, IIa has served a variety of federal government clients, including civilian, military, and intelligence agencies as well as a variety of international and private sector organizations. The president of IIa and the company’s cadre of information and knowledge management and systems specialists have experience assisting clients with content and systems management. For additional information about the company, please visit http://www.iiaweb.com, or contact Chelsea Crawford, Communications (Email, 865-298-1256).

NTIS seeks to improve dissemination of new cutting edge scientific, technical, and engineering information (STEI) and economic, social and environmental information by permanently enlarging, preserving and providing ready access to its collection of this information. NTIS promotes the development and application of this STEI and other information by providing technologically advanced global e-commerce channels for dissemination of specialized information to business, industry, government, and the public. In addition, NTIS supports other federal agencies in the distribution of their science and information products to the public. To enhance its ability to fulfill these missions, NTIS has the authority under Section 3704b of title 15, United States Code, to enter into business arrangements. Visit http://www.ntis.gov to learn more about NTIS and the products and services it offers.

Contact:

National Technical Information Service
Contact: Bill McGahey
Phone: 703-605-6588
E-Mail: Email

Information International Associates
Contact: Chelsea Crawford
Phone: 865-298-1256
E-mail: Email

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