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global information locator service

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(also government information locator service), n. (GILS, abbr.) ~ An open standard used to describe and promote access to information and services.

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(GILS.net, FAQ (http://www.gils.net/faq.html)) GILS specifies how information sources are described through locator records on network servers. Yet, no one expects networks to be the only way to reach all audiences. We all depend on information providers and intermediaries to add essential value. They compile, edit, translate, and present information in appropriate media. Sometimes, a printed book or newsletter is the best media for helping people find information. A telephone referral service or face-to-face contact is best in yet other situations.