The Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service has expanded free access to its database containing federal science and technology reports to the public.
The National Technical Reports Library will provide the documents to the American public in electronic PDF format without charge, the service said Oct. 28.
“Our mission is to collect and broadly disseminate federal science and technology information using a self-supporting business model,” said Bruce Borzino, NTIS director.
“However, we also recognize that a number of the documents previously offered for a fee through our website were available for free from other sources,” he added.
NTIS collected the reports from scanned microfiche documents that were previously offered for a fee.
The agency says other documents will remain offered as subscription-based services to individuals, universities, corporations and other institutions.
“We have continually updated our pricing and business models in response to changing times and we’ll continue to do so,” said Borzino.