Government Information Locator Service (GILS)

What is Government Information Locator Service (GILS)?

Government Information Locator Service (GILS) meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

A decentralized collection of agency-based information locators that uses network technology and international metadata standards based on ANSI Z39.50 to direct users to publicly accessible information resources available from the U.S. federal government. The core data elements of the GILS system are: title, control identifier, abstract, purpose, originator, use constraints, availability, point of contact for further information, record source, and date last modified. The system also includes optional core elements.The records of over 30 federal agencies have been mounted on the Government Information Locator Service Web site maintained by the U.S. Government Printing Office, which also provides pointers to GILS sites maintained by other federal departments and agencies. The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is an example of an online government information service based on the GILS standard. Some state governments have established Internet sites based on the GILS model, enabling users to discover, identify, locate, and access publicly available state government information.In 1995, the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States) commissioned several pilot projects to demonstrate the potential of a global information infrastructure. One of these, the Environment and Natural Resources Management Project, was an attempt to use the GILS format to establish an international distributed database of information about the earth, a first step toward a Global Information Locator Service.


reference: ABC-CLIO