[govinfo] GovInfo News 2-20-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 16:47:28 -0500


Patrice McDermott, Executive Director
OpenTheGovernment.org
202-332-OPEN (6736)
www.openthegovernment.org

- Senate panel votes to require agency reports on data mining
February 16, 2007
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this week 
approved language that would require federal agencies to report to Congress on 
their use and development of data-mining technologies. more [GovExec/National 
Journal Tech Daily]
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- OMB seeks public input on federal spending search tool
By Jenny Mandel
February 15, 2007

The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday launched a Web site, 
FederalSpending.gov, that lays out a schedule to implement the 2006 Federal 
Funding Accountability and Transparency Act and solicits comments on "how you, 
as a citizen, would like to see the [law] implemented and government award 
information presented."

OMB's timeline for implementation indicates that any necessary changes to 
reporting requirements will be identified by the end of this month, and by 
March, agencies will be informed of new information collection and reporting 
requirements. For April, the timeline shows that OMB will "develop Web site 
with search capability." The agency will conduct a pilot program to track 
subcontracts and subgrants starting in July. more [GovExec]

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Science.gov 4.0 delves deep into the Web
By Trudy Walsh
02/16/07


The latest version of Science.gov, the search portal that trawls the Web for 
scientific information in 30 federal scientific databases and more than 1,800 
Web sites, features a relevancy ranking architecture that can retrieve the full 
text of documents. DeepRank uses information gathered from the full-text 
document to perform relevancy ranking. Earlier versions of Science.gov relied 
on MetaRank, which ranked queries based on metadata, bibliographic information 
such as title, author, date or abstract, and QuickRank, which relied on the 
document's title and short snippets of information.

DeepRank actually downloads and indexes documents, said Walter Warnick, 
director of the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical 
Information. Commercial search engines such as Google crawl the Web by 
attempting "to visit each Web page they can find and make an index of that 
page. Science.gov does federated searching," searching pre-identified 
databases. more [Govt Computer news]

 

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