Will NTIS stay afloat?
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Dec 10, 2000
A presidential commission has proposed changes to the Commerce Department's
National Technical Information Service business model to help it survive
in an electronic world.
The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science recommended
giving NTIS $5 million to cover its "public good" activities. Those activities
include collecting or acquiring reports; indexing, abstracting and cataloging
those reports; and loading and maintaining the searchable NTIS database
on a Web site for free public access. It also recommended a one-time $1.7
In the summer of 1999, Commerce announced plans to close NTIS, in part
because its core function of selling government information is no longer
needed as agencies increasingly offer documents for free on their Web sites.