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GrayLIT Network Now Available Gerry Mckiernan 28 Aug 2000 13:43 UTC

                              _ GrayLIT Network Now Available_

  I recently learned that the GrayLIT Network is now available

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GrayLIT Network provides a portal for over 100,000 FULL_TEXT technical
reports located at the Department of Energy, Department of Defense,
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA). Collections in the GrayLIT collaboration include
the DOE Information Bridge; the Defense Technical Information Center
(DTIC) Report Collection; the EPA National Environmental Publications
Internet Site (NEPIS); the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Reports; and the NASA
Langley Technical Reports.

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[The U.S. Interagency Gray Literature Working Group, "Gray Information
Functional Plan," 18 January 1995, defines gray literature as "foreign or
domestic open source material that usually is available through
specialized channels and may not enter normal channels or systems of
publication, distribution, bibliographic control, or acquisition by
booksellers or subscription agents."

Both "gray" literature and "grey" literature are commonly used to describe
this body of information. The decision often hinges on country of origin
for the literature, or alternately country of publication.]

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Developed by the Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical
Information (OSTI), in collaboration with DOD/DTIC, NASA, and EPA, the
GrayLIT Network is a portal for technical report information generated
through federally funded research and development projects. The GrayLIT
Network was released in early response to recommendations from a May 2000
Workshop held at the National Academy of Sciences.

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<QUOTE> GrayLIT Network ... [is] being made available to the public in
partnership with the Government Printing Office through GPO Access
( These tools are maintained by OSTI, a
part of the DOE Office of Science. The Director of OSTI is Dr. Walter L.
Warnick, (301) 903-7996.

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  I initially learned about GrayLIT Network as a result of a response to
previous posting [Thanks, Valerie]

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requesting recommendations for "New Products in Grey Literature", a review
colum I write for the _International Journal on Grey Literature_

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published by MCB University Press and edited by Julia Gelfand. Applied
Sciences Librarian, of the University of California, Irvine.

BTW: My latest column, " The Los Alamos National Laboratory
E-Print Server" was published earlier this month [IJGL (1(3): 127-138]

[ bin/EMRbrowcite.cgi?recno=55&index=jt]

   Recommendations for Any and All services, systems, or software that
relate to the management, access, and control of Grey Literature for
review in a future column are Most Welcome! [Of course, I will be
reviewing GreyLIT!]

/Gerry McKiernan
Science and Technology Librarian and Bibliographer
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011

        "The Best Way To Predict the Future is to Invent It!"
                                          Alan Kay