Legislation that would require copies of congressionally mandated reports to be published online by GPO cleared a major hurdle when it unanimously passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a business meeting on Wednesday. The "Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act," introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley and joined by 12 co-sponsors, will now advance to the floor of the House of Representatives.
"Access to Congressionally Advances to the House Floor" by Daniel Schuman, Sunlight Foundation (June 23, 2011).
From an Announcement by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts:
A pilot project aimed at having public libraries enhance the public’s knowledge and use of the federal judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service begins July 1, 2011.
Two libraries – the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia and the Law Library for San Bernadino, California – will kick off the pilot, but up to 50 additional public libraries may join them in future months.
PACER allows users to obtain case information from federal courts without having to visit the courthouse. The service allows an Internet user to request information about a particular case or party, and makes the data immediately available for printing or downloading at a cost of 8 cents per page.
In the pilot project, libraries will conduct at least one training class for the general public every three months, and offer training or refresher opportunities for library staff at least one a year. Those staff members, in turn, may assist library patrons in the use of PACER. For participating libraries, the first $50 of PACER use fees each quarter will be waived.
The pilot is a joint undertaking of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Government Printing Office, and the American Association of Law Libraries.
From the LactMed Web Page:
A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.
INFOdocket has more info and links to the apps.
Both LactMed apps are free.
"Enhancements To WorldWideScience.org Include Arabic Translation, Mobile Capability, and Multimedia Results”Submitted by garyprice on Mon, 2011-06-20 18:05.
At WorldWideScience.org, your query can be translated into the languages of the search engine’s 80-plus databases and the results can be translated into your preferred language.
In addition, WorldWideScience.org has added a new multimedia search capability, including search of speech-indexed scientific videos from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and CERN. Speech-indexing is provided by the Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (MAVIS).
Also, a mobile version of WorldWideScience.org (http://m.worldwidescience.org) has been launched, which will mark another first in the field of federated search.
ToxCastDB users can search and download data from over 500 rapid chemical tests conducted on more than 300 environmental chemicals. ToxCast uses advanced scientific tools to predict the potential toxicity of chemicals and to provide a cost-effective approach to prioritizing which chemicals of the thousands in use require further testing. ToxCast is currently screening 700 additional chemicals, and the data will be available in 2012.
ExpoCastDB consolidates human exposure data from studies that have collected chemical measurements from homes and child care centers. Data include the amounts of chemicals found in food, drinking water, air, dust, indoor surfaces and urine. ExpoCastDB users can obtain summary statistics of exposure data and download datasets. EPA will continue to add internal and external chemical exposure data and advanced user interface features to ExpoCastDB.
The new databases link together two important pieces of chemical research — exposure and toxicity data — both of which are required when considering potential risks posed by chemicals. The databases are connected through EPA’s Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR), an online data warehouse that collects data on over 500,000 chemicals from over 500 public sources.
Here are links from INFOdocket.
New State Department"Smart Traveler"iPhone App Available
iPhone app; Free.
"Digitized Medical Books: National Library of Medicine Releases “Turning the Pages” iPad App"
iPhone app; Free
"Food Safety Questions? USDA Releases Mobile Version of “Ask Karen” Virtual Assistant"
Mobile Web; FREE
Roll Call reports:
The National Archives could be just months away from starting a long-planned project to create for the first time a searchable digital log of the archives of Congress.
The project, which had been discussed for about six years, would essentially catalog Congressional records dating back to 1789 and create a database where researchers could search for specific topics.
Though it wouldn't digitize the records themselves, the database would point researchers to places within the expansive records where that topic is discussed.
"The idea is to take those various sources ... and to make it a state-of-the-art finding aid," Senate Archivist Karen Paul said.
+ Final Plan Approved Yesterday
+ Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, expressed concerned over the cost
+ Cost Estimate Should Be Provided in Six Months
+ Size? 500 Million Pages (200,000 Cubic Feet of Records)
+ Expected To Take Five Years to Complete
The archived email messages were released earlier today and are now beginning to roll out into searchable databases and/or PDF files.
Scanned pages are being added to databases as they become available. Many news organization are asking the public for assistance in reviewing all of the pages. Yet another example of crowdsourcing government records.
Here are three of several source provin
1. NY Times
Search NY Times: Palin E-Mail Search
2. MSNBC/Mother Jones/ProPublica
Search: MSNBC/Mother Jones/ProPublica
Updates at @openchannelblog and #palinemail
MSNBC Live Blog With Additional Information as it Becomes Available. Also, info about documents being withheld.
Background from Bill Dedman at MSNBC
3. Washington Post
PDF Files of Raw Email Messages (#1)
"Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s office has launched an interactive map listing the 137 data centers it has either already closed or plans to close by the end of this year.
The map lists data centers’ names and locations — down to geographic coordinates — and whether the center is among the 39 already closed as of April or is still operating but slated for closure."
Last month the White House released an interactive map showing excess federal properties. The map provides info about 7000 out of 12,000 properties.
The Tech Insider article also points out a new list with info about what operations federal agencies plan to migrate to the cloud.
Boulder, CO based Gnip has announced they're working with LC and Twitter to deliver tweets to the archive.
During the past six months Gnip has been delivering 8 billion tweets each week to LC.
Gnip is in the real time social media biz for enterprise customers.
Much more info at: