The Future Digital
System- A world class
system for managing
offi cial Government
content, which will
verify and track
content, and provide
• Harvested Content: Electronic documents that are fi rst published directly to agency Web sites and then pulled
into the the Future Digital System in a way that is consistent with digital standards.
It will be necessary for the Future Digital System to use a suite of tools to discover, harvest, and assess content.
Discovery Tools will be used to discover electronic documents that are in scope.
Harvesting Tools will systematically capture content and available metadata.
Assessment Tools will be used to determine if a document is in scope and if a version of that document
already exists in the system.
If the document is in scope and not already in the Future Digital System, it will be ingested into the system.
• Converted Content: Electronic fi les created from tangible documents which can then be preserved and derived
into new digital products.
GPO will work with various user communities (including the library community) on digitizing the collection of
legacy documents held in Federal depository libraries. This collection will be made available in the public domain
for permanent public access through GPO’s dissemination programs.
Conversion must be performed at a level that is adequate to support preservation as well as public access.
As a result, converted fi les must be compatible with standards and best practices for conversion and digital
The Future Digital System’s working layer that controls and manages content.
The Future Digital System will deliver content to meet user needs and in conformance with G