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Science Information Cycle: Standards and More


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Government Documents and Publications

  • Government collects statistics and data in a wide range of subjects.
  • Data and research results compiled by government scientists or their contractors in a variety of fields.
  • Examples of data range from geophysical data and weather satellite data to animal and plant census data.
  • Published by various federal, state and local government departments, agencies, task forces, and more.


  • Procedures and protocols for applied and laboratory science.
  • Handbooks are frequently a source for standards and specifications.

Technical Reports

  • Mostly produced in the discipline of applied science.
  • Many government documents are considered technical reports.

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