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ge - Commerce is E-GovThe Department of Commerce has actively pursued the use of the Internet for conducting business online. Not only do we provide information that is helpful and informative, but we also offer the opportunity to apply for fishing permits, export licenses, patents and trademarks, and to complete survey forms.

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Order products online from National Technical Information Service (NTIS), our nation's largest central resource for scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information materials from the federal government. Information from over 200 federal agencies is available.

Buy Census Bureau products online; register for training courses and seminars using a credit card.

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NOAA National Data Centers Online Store of archived environmental data - an online store offering data products from the National Climatic Data Center, National Geophysical Data Center and the National Oceanographic Data Center.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) EstuaryLive provides a live, interactive, field-based education experience produced each year to provide students with the opportunity to tour the nation’s estuaries. The program is developed primarily for a K–12 audience, with an emphasis on middle and high school classrooms. The field trips offered throughout the two-day exploration allow teachers to bring estuarine and coastal environment into the classroom.

NOAA’s Climate Portal is a prototype Web site intended to serve as the central portal to NOAA’s climate information that can be accessed by businesses, educational institutions, scientists, insurance companies, and individuals. Many types of data are archived and can be easily searched and ordered online.

    The Digital Coast is a partnership and community resource initiated by NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) NOAA Coastal Services Center for use by organizations who manage the nation’s coastal resources. It was developed to provide a simple and effective way to access user-specified data, and the tools and methods to turn that data into usable information. A Web site is the primary mode of communication for Digital Coast. This enabling platform provides access to priority geospatial data needed by coastal management organizations along with the tools, training and case studies needed to address coastal issues. A Partnership Group, which is comprised of representatives from the target audience, is used to determine the focus of the content, form and function of the Digital Coast initiative. These user groups also use the Digital Coast initiative as a forum from which they can create new partnerships to address coastal management issues.

    The Severe Weather Data Inventory (SWDI) is an integrated database of severe weather records for the United States. The records in SWDI come from a variety of sources in NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) archive. SWDI provides the ability to search through all of these data to find records covering a particular time period and geographic region, and to download the results of your search in a variety of formats. The formats currently supported are Shapefile (for GIS), KMZ (for Google Earth), CSV (comma-separated), and XML.

    The U.S. Drought Portal to help mitigate risks from drought by providing the ability to monitor and forecast the diverse physical indicators of climatological drought, as well as relevant economic, social, and environmental impacts. The portal provides early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts; provides information about the risk and impact of drought to different agencies and stakeholders; and explains how to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts.

NOAA's Aviation Weather Center enables airline dispatchers to file in-air pilot reports on a secure Web site. Real time reports such as icing and turbulence can help improve aviation forecasts and safety.

lease_Mako_AppThe National Marine Fisheries Service’s “Release Mako” Android application seeks to encourage fishermen to help reduce overfishing of mako sharks by releasing and submitting name, date, and place information for any of that species they catch. The application makes it easy for anglers to submit a notice to a national map indicating where, when and by whom each shark was caught and released. An Automatic Geospatial Positioning System (GPS) information is in the application.

AA_AppAlso, the new mobile Web version of the National Ocean Service released on delivers tide and coastal conditions for the service’s nearest tide station the user’sZIP code. It also offers news, audio, video and a selection of ocean facts.

NIST Data Gateway and Scientific Databases -The NIST Data Gateway and other NIST database Web sites provide easy access to NIST scientific and technical data, covering a broad range of substances and properties from many different scientific disciplines. Included are links to selected free online NIST databases and information on NIST databases available for purchase.

MapStats, brought to you by the Census Bureau, allows you to search across federal agencies for detailed demographic and business data by geographic area. Get Census Bureau demographic and economic data from the 1990 and 2000 Decennial Censuses, the latest Economic Census, and the American Community Survey with the American FactFinder.

Access ocean spatial data with Data Explorer. This query-driven portal makes National Ocean Service spatial data available with just a few mouse clicks.

Need wholesale fish and shell fish prices? Check Fishery Market News, a joint federal/industry site for current and historic price trends.

Get fingertip access to economic indicators online, and quick links to reported estimates, and see the full breadth of Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data via
BEA Interactive.

Visit the USPTO advanced Trademark Document Retrieval electronic portal to view, download and print of an array of information and documents for more than 460,000 trademark applications.

Visit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Web site to identify $4.7 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants that NTIA awarded to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure, enhance and expand public computer centers, encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service, and develop and maintain a nationwide public map of broadband service capability and availability. NTIA’s State Broadband Initiative (SBI) implements the joint purposes of the Recovery Act and the Broadband Data Improvement Act, which envisioned a comprehensive program, led by state entities or non-profit organizations working at their direction, to facilitate the integration of broadband and information technology into state and local economies. State progress reports are available on the SBI Web site.

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OPUS allows users of the global positioning system (GPS), such as professional surveyors, to submit their GPS observations to NOAA via the Internet to obtain 3-dimensional, highly-accurate positioned coordinates.

The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) allows you to fill out a form and check it for completeness over the Internet. Using e-TEAS you can then submit the form directly to the USPTO over the Internet, making an official filing online. Or using PrinTEAS, you can print out the completed form for mailing to the USPTO. It's your choice!

The USPTO Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web) is a safe, simple and secure electronic system for submitting patent applications and correspondence. EFS-Web is accessible via the Internet on the USPTO Web site. The system utilizes standard Web-based screens and prompts to enable users to submit patent documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) directly to the USPTO. Users may electronically submit most patent applications, reexamination requests, and other patent-related documents securely using EFS-Web. Users may also use EFS-Web to submit payments of most patent fees including patent application filing fees.

Applying for an export license is a snap with the Simplified Network Application Process Redesign (SNAP-R). U.S. exporters can submit export and re-export license applications, and commodity classification requests free of cost via the Internet in a secure environment. Applicants will receive same day acknowledgments of their submissions and obtain online validations (e.g. electronic facsimile of export license) from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

NAFTA Certificate of Origin - Let our new interactive tool walk you step-by-step through the process of classifying your export product and filing the NAFTA Certificate of Origin. Learn when and for what types of products this form is needed to take advantage of NAFTA trade preferences when exporting to Mexico or Canada.

AESDirect is the U.S. Census Bureau's free, Internet based system for filing Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) information to the Automated Export System (AES). It is the electronic alternative to filing a paper SED, and can be used by U.S. Principal Parties in Interest, forwarders, or anyone else responsible for export reporting.

Visit the NOAA Fisheries Permit Shop
where you can currently buy initial and renewal permits for Atlantic tunas, update permit information, and report recreational landings of bluefin tuna.

If you get lost, help is on the way with the Emergency Beacon Registration System that enables you to register your ship, aircraft, and personal emergency beacons on the Web. This National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service application helps NOAA and other agencies to track people in distress.

File selected surveys and censuses electronically via the Internet using the
Census Taker.

CommerceConnect is a one-stop-shop to help U.S. businesses around the country transform themselves into globally competitive enterprises, by connecting them with government information, counseling and services. It provides valuable resources for local businesses looking to grow and create jobs.


Use NIST’s free
Internet Time Service to synchronize your computer clock via the Internet is through the operating system. Most operating systems (i.e. Windows, Mac, Linux) use the Network Time Protocol (NTP0 to automatically synchronize the system clock periodically. The NIST Internet Time Service servers listen for Network Time Protocol (NTP) requests and send the updated time to the operating system.

Commerce Services and Information on Federal Web sites provides information on Commerce grant announcements and grant applications. Grant applications are submitted online and transmitted to the appropriate Commerce office for consideration. enables businesses and individuals to find and review proposed federal rules and regulations on the Internet and comment on their potential effects. All Commerce-proposed regulations and Federal Register notices are available for review and comment. provides free access to most Commerce geospatial data sets, as well as information on planned future data acquisitions. Don’t pay for geospatial data that have already been collected and purchased by the federal government. provides weather related information for all Federal recreation sites. NOAA-supported recreational locations are also listed on this site. is a partnership of federal agencies with a shared vision to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs. It features Commerce benefit programs for citizens and educates professional benefit advocates about programs that may be appropriate for their clients.

• With you can find trade leads, research overseas markets, or learn how to expand your business sales into foreign markets. Access the wealth of federal export assistance programs, services, and foreign market information available to U.S. exporters through the U.S. Government’s Export Portal.