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Vol. 1, No. 20, March 8, 1999

IRS Website Offers More Services to More People
March 8, 1999--From a central repository, the IRS publishes to the web, electronic bulletin board, CD-ROM, and fax systems. Taxpayers, even on ships at sea, get what they want in minutes. IRS online information is also downloaded and used by many professional associations, commercial tax services, tax software developers, state governments, printers, universities and public libraries who redistribute the information to millions. The electronic information services are available 24 hours a day and are updated daily, so taxpayers can be sure of getting the most current tax forms and information.

Website Combines Science and Fun for Kids
It's not unusual to find kids who believe that science and fun belong at opposite ends of the spectrum. Why has it traditionally been so hard to get children interested in science? Perhaps it is a simple matter of proving that science can be fun--at least, that's the approach the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is taking with its Kids Page.

Locate Your Neighborhood on World's Largest Online Database
Want an aerial shot of your neighborhood? Don't get on an airplane. Get on the Internet.


Digital Maps: An Idea Whose Time Had Come
The US Geological Survey's highly-regarded topographic "quad" maps have been used for everything from determining a dam site to planning a bird watching trip. It takes 55,000 maps to cover the continental United States. It took the USGS several decades of work to produce this many maps, finishing in 1993. They are wonderful, but they are expensive to produce or revise. Besides, a growing customer segment wanted digital maps they could display on computer monitors. It took the agency less than two and a half years to scan these maps. Now they are selling well in a new medium--CDs, with 67 maps on each one. The disks have a multitude of uses, including helping monitor clean-up work in the Fargo, ND, area following the 1998 flood.

In This Issue

IRS Website

Site Makes Science Fun

Your Neighborhood Online

Digital Maps

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Vol. 1, No. 19, March 1, 1999

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