Federal Register 2.0 Beta to Launch Today

According to the National Archives’ official press release FR 2.0 Beta will go live today at FederalRegister.gov to gather public feedback. It will remain an unofficial informational resource until the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register issues a regulation granting it official legal status. That may occur in 2011. One of the objectives of this unofficial XML prototype is to test the idea of freeing the Federal Register from its print-based structure while providing official PDFs for authentication. From the press release:
FR 2.0 uses the bulk XML from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) to present regulatory material in new configurations. The applications on the site are built from open source code, which will be returned to the open source community for unrestricted use in other applications.