GPO and Cornell University Pilot Open Government Initiative

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and Cornell University Law School are beginning a year long pilot project to evaluate a conversion process of The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in XML (extensible markup language) format. The CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government.

The Cornell Legal Information Institute will convert various titles into XML and place them on the university’s Web site for students to research. GPO and Cornell will apply lessons learned from this pilot project and share the information with members of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) to find ways of providing the public openness to government documents.

“GPO has a historic partnership with the library community in developing ways to provide the American
people open and transparent access to the documents of our democracy,” said Public Printer Bob Tapella.

“The pilot project with Cornell Law School is another example of that partnership and how we are all
embracing President Obama’s call to provide the public with more tools to monitor the workings of the federal government.”

“Cornell University Law Library is a recognized leader in providing outstanding and innovative information services and resources,” said Pat Court, Associate Law Librarian. “As a federal depository
library, we will assist the public and the university community with the expanded functions for tracking
and updating federal regulations that are developed by this partnership.”

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Project will evaluate the conversion of The Code of Federal Regulations