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The federal data base finder.

Mathew Lesko, founder and president of Information USA, has made a career of teling people how and where to get information from the Federal Government. In this directory, billed as the first of its kind, Information USA lists fand describes more than 3,000 Federal data bases and files, from Acid Rain (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to World Population (Census Bureau) and includes many Bureau of Labor Statistics series. The authors acknowledge that direct access to many of the Federal data bases in limited to Government agencies, but suggest that information from them sometimes is available from the producing agencies at low or no cost. The book also lists machine-readable data tapes offered for sale directly by Government agences and reports on commercial vendors who re-sell Government information at a profit. The Federal Data Base Finder says that the Federal Government spends billions of dollars creating data but very little to inform the public that the data exist. Lesko and his associates have assembled much of that information and offer to share it with the public for $95.
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Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 1984
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