Table of Contents

Title Page     HTML  PDF

Dedication     HTML  PDF

Acknowledgments     HTML  PDF

Executive Summary     HTML  PDF

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Study and Final Report     HTML  PDF
1.0. The Evaluation Study
1.1. Scope of the Study
1.2. Structure of the Report
1.3. Prelude to the Report
1.4. Benefits of the Study

Chapter 2 Overview and Background on GILS     HTML  PDF
2.0. Introduction
2.1. A Brief History of GILS
2.2. The Federal Information Policy Environment for GILS: A Review
2.3. Selective Review of the Literature
2.4. Policy Findings and Recommendations
2.5. Lessons from the Policy Analysis and Literature Review

Chapter 3 Study Design and Methodology     HTML  PDF
3.0. Introduction
3.1. Research Methodology Literature Related to Networked Information Services
3.2. An Evaluation Framework for GILS
3.3. Evaluation Goals and Study Questions
3.4. The Research Strategy
3.5. Multiple Methods and Specific Data Collection Techniques
3.6. Multiple Dimensions/Multiple Data Events
3.7. An Integrated View of GILS
3.8. Conclusion

Chapter 4 Findings and Recommendations     HTML  PDF
4.0. Introduction
4.1. GILS in the Federal Context
4.2. Extent of Current GILS Implementation
4.3. Opportunity: Refocus GILS for Clarity of Purpose and Utility
4.4. Opportunity: Improve GILS Efficacy in Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval (NIDR)
4.5. Opportunity: Resolve GILS Relationships with Other Information Handling Functions
4.6. Opportunity: Increase GILS Awareness
4.7. Transitioning to the Next Stage of GILS Deployment

Chapter 5 Priorities, Next Steps, and Future Research     HTML  PDF
5.0. Introduction
5.1. Characterizing the Refocused GILS: Recommendations
5.2. Priorities for Action Towards the Refocused GILS
5.3. The Policy Context for the Refocused GILS
5.4. Further Research and Evaluation Efforts
5.5. Reengineering the GILS Effort

 References     HTML  PDF

 Appendices

Selected Policy, Management, and Operations Documents
Appendix A-1 Office of Management and Budget Bulletin 95-01: Establishment of Government Information Locator Service     HTML  PDF
Appendix A-2 Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Section on GILS)     HTML  PDF
Appendix A-3 National Archives and Records Administration Bulletin 95-03: Government Information Locator Service     HTML  PDF
Appendix A-4 National Archives and Records Administration Bulletin Memorandum: Government Information Locator Service and Privacy Act Notices     HTML  PDF
Appendix A-5 Report of the December 6, 1995 Meeting of the Government Information Locator Service (GILS) Board     HTML  PDF
Appendix A-6 Statement of Purpose for the OIW/SIG-LA GILS Subgroup     HTML  PDF

Appendix B     List of U.S. Federal GILS Sites as of March 7, 1997     HTML  PDF

Study Methodologies
Appendix C-1 Site Visit Methodology     HTML  PDF
Appendix C-2 Focus Group Methodology     HTML  PDF
Appendix C-3 GILS Conference Survey Methodology     HTML  PDF
Appendix C-4 Record Content Analysis Methodology     HTML  PDF
Appendix C-5 Scripted Online User Assessment Methodology     HTML  PDF
Appendix C-6 Web Server Transaction Log Analysis Methodology     HTML  PDF

Research Instruments
Appendix D-1 Site Visit Profile Sheet (Example)     HTML  PDF
Appendix D-2 Focus Group Profile Sheet (Example)     HTML  PDF
Appendix D-3 GILS Conference Survey Instrument     HTML  PDF
Appendix D-4 Record Content Analysis Instrument (Database Fields)     HTML  PDF
Appendix D-5 Scripted Online User Assessment Instrument    PDF (no HTML version)

Results of Data Collection
Appendix E-1 Summary of GILS Conference Survey Results     HTML  PDF
Appendix E-2 Record Content Analysis Findings, Discussion, and Recommendations     HTML  PDF
Appendix E-3 Scripted Online User Assessment Findings, Discussion, and Recommendations     HTML  PDF
Appendix E-4 Web Server Transaction Log Analysis Results     HTML  PDF
Appendix F The Role of GILS Metadata in Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval     HTML  PDF
Appendix G Characteristics of Successful Objectives     HTML  PDF
Appendix H GILS Record Content and Display Variation     HTML  PDF
Appendix I Preliminary Report of the Canadian GILS Subgroup and GILS Pilot Project     PDF (no HTML version)

List of Tables and Figures
Table 3-1: Data Collection Techniques
Table 4-1: Opportunities, Findings, and Recommendations
Table 4-2: Record-Source Hosted GILS
Table 4-3: Brokered GILS
Table 4-4: Refocus GILS for Clarity of Purpose and Utility
Table 4-5: Improve GILS Efficacy in Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval
Table 4-6: Resources Described by GILS Records
Table 4-7: Aggregation of Resources Described by GILS
Table 4-8: Resolve GILS Relationships with Other Information Handling Functions
Table 4-9: Increase GILS Awareness
Table 4-10: Familiarity with GILS Documents/Policies
Table 4-11: Use of GILS
Table 4-12: GPO GILS Usage Statistics
Table 4-13: GILS Hits and Accesses as Percentage of Agency HTTP Server 

Figure 2-1: Policy Perspective on GILS
Figure 2-2: Summary of Selected Policy Instruments Related to GILS
Figure 2-3: Selected Key Issues for GILS Development
Figure 3-1: Framework for GILS Evaluation: Perspectives and Dimensions
Figure 3-2: Overview of GILS Evaluation Research Methodology
Figure 4-1: Clarifying GILS Purposes and GILS Users