Month of October, 2011
It's been a few weeks since the last report for the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States project at
http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases, but our volunteers have stayed busy.
VOLUNTEER AND ORPHAN NEWS
Ann Ellis, Metadata Librarian with Stephen F. Austin State University Library, answered the call of Texas and has begun adding databases.
Our last official orphan remains Rhode Island. Will you be the one to take the last "unadopted orphan?"
If you're interested in adopting Rhode Island, check out our volunteer guide at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/SADATFS_Volunteer_Guide and then send me an e-mail if you'd like to adopt it. If you adopt Rhode Island, be prepared to put your name and contact information on the main project page AND your state page within two weeks of receiving your wiki login. See the Volunteer guide for more details.
See our last 14 days of activity at http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d for a blow by blow description of changes to the page. Here are a few highlights:
CALIFORNIA (Joel Rane)
Recommended Literature for Math and Science - A database of outstanding science and mathematics-related literature for children and adolescents. The recommended titles reflect the quality and the complexity of the types of materials students should be reading at school and outside of class. Searches can be performed by author, title, keyword, grade level span, language, science or mathematics subject area, etc. Extensive explanations of the search indexes are available.
Joel has been extremely busy the past few weeks adding and reorganizing California resources. If you haven't checked out the page since mid-September, you should.
NEW MEXICO (Adrienne Walker)
Physician Profile Search - The New Mexico Medical Board provides and maintains physician data as part of this official website, and is the primary source for physician and physician assistant profiles and other related information and data.
Information on the website is normally updated weekly, and the date of the most recent update is always provided on the search page.
NORTH DAKOTA (Kathryn Thomas)
North Dakota Courts Records Inquiry - Search criminal, traffic, civil, family, and probate case records; judgments; and court calendar.
This is one of a number of court system databases that Kathryn has added.
OHIO (Audrey Hall)
Treasurer's Transparency Project Search for state public employee and teacher salaries. - Links to The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions for local, higher education and federal salaries.
TEXAS (ANN ELLIS)
Texas Plant Information Database - Database includes information about native and naturalized plants used for landscape restoration. It lists species that when planted appropriately provide landscapes that are similar to those that naturally
grow in Texas.
From a DOL News Release:
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced an innovative partnership that leverages the combined audience and expertise of officials from the U.S. Department of Labor, Facebook, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers to provide crucial employment resources to job seekers through the use of social networks.
As part of the announcement, Facebook officials debuted a "social jobs partnership" page that highlights available training programs, educational opportunities and job search resources, which can be accessed at http://www.facebook.com/socialjobs. Facebook also made a commitment to drive traffic to the page through targeted online public service announcements that will appear to users in geographic areas experiencing high unemployment.
In the coming months, public and private-sector partners who have committed to helping Americans find jobs through resources and technology will be added.
Summary profiles for geographic areas have been updated with the most recent information from frequently requested statistics from various Census Bureau programs including the 2010 Census, 2010 American Community Survey and 2007 Survey of Business Owners. These easy to access and easy to use tables are now available for the nation, state and counties and have expanded from places with populations of 25,000 or more to places with 5,000 or more. Tables also provide links to more detailed data sets.
Direct to U.S. Census QuickFacts
U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year PUMS
We are pleased to announce the release of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files. PUMS files from the ACS show the full range of population and housing unit responses collected on individual ACS questionnaires. These files enable users to design tabulations that aggregate responses differently than the published data products.
The PUMS files contain records for a subsample of ACS housing units and group quarters persons. As required by federal law, the confidentiality of ACS respondents is protected through a variety of steps to disguise or suppress original data while making sure the results are still useful. In addition to modifying the individual records, respondents' confidentiality is protected because only large geographic areas are identified in the PUMS. To read more about how the PUMS files are created, browse code lists, and look-up subjects in the PUMS, please visit the PUMS Documentation Page.
The PUMS data is accessible now via the FTP site. Links can be found on our PUMS Data Page.
On October 27, 2011 the data will also be accessible via American FactFinder.
See Also: Poverty: 2009 and 2010
Also new from the U.S. Census.
The letter, made available by ARL, is dated October 19, 2011 and begins:
We write as coordinators of regional depository libraries to express our deep concern over GPO's recent responses to two initiatives within the FDLP system. Given these responses, and the rejection of the 2011 Ithaka S+R report (Modeling a Sustainable Future of the Federal Depository Library Program in the 21st Century), we do not believe that GPO recognizes the gravity of the current situation in many regional federal depository libraries, and does not appear to be making efforts to understand this situation or to creatively partner with regional libraries or groups of depository libraries to help ameliorate the situation.
Here are two more letters re: FDLP made available by ARL today.
Recently, we noted that NTIS is going to offer a Repository Service to Federal Agencies. Here is a followup story:
- A Joint Venture to Create Federal Science Agency Repositories, by Miriam A. Drake, InfoToday (October 20, 2011).
This program will help agencies manage their content, make it more accessible to the public while preserving it for NARA and future generations. The agencies also benefit because they do not have to begin at square one to build a repository and metadata. Doing more with less may be possible because costs will be shared.
Drake reports that the first client of this venture is the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), which contains 2 million titles and that NTIS wants to deal with thematic as well as agency collections. Another project is the the Deep Water Horizon Archive with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is thematic program that crosses agency lines and include PDFs, images, and video.
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In case you missed it on govdoc-l, check the interesting news about big changes at the Census:
A new American FactFinder in 2012, by Steve Beleu, govdoc-l (Mon, 17 Oct 2011).
The current /new American FactFinder/ will be completely revised during 2012. The new AFF that you have been learning, and that we have been giving workshops about, will change from its historic and current basis, which is based on /surveys and programs/, to a/topics /basis. The standard for its ease-of-public-use will be Google. It development will emphasize not desktops but handheld devices such as smartphones (smartphones and such devices are currently accessing the Census website more often than desktop computers are)....
Bill text widgets are available on www.popvox.com, which aggregate information about pending bills and let individuals weigh in with a message that is delivered to Congress. Every pending bill is available on POPVOX -- from health and energy, to defense, jobs, and the environment.
The bill text embed includes a keyword search and section-by-section table of contents created by POPVOX. To embed the bill text widget, just visit the POPVOX page for any bill, click the tab to "view bill text" and select "embed" from the menu bar at the bottom.
Here is an example: S. 1549: American Jobs Act of 2011:
The slides and handout from my presentation this morning are now available here:
The Fall '11 Depository Library Conference starts tomorrow morning at 8am and goes through thursday October 20, 2011. We'll again be live blogging the event and will collect all tweets with the hashtags of #dlc11f, #dlc11, #fdlp, and #gpo. We hope that attendees will tweet like crazy in order to help those not able to attend in person to follow the many exciting sessions happening throughout the week. The agenda and schedule has been posted on fdlp.gov.
First, Science.gov Mobile is now available at m.science.gov as a web app. No download required.
The new databases:
- Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) (EPA) under Environment and Environmental Quality
- DOE Data Explorer under Math, Physics, Chemistry (a product of Science Accelerator)
- Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC) DOE (a product of Science Accelerator)
Science.gov now provides access to more than 45 databases that can be searched one at a time or simultaneously and can also be a very useful discovery tool to learn about U.S. government science databases accessible to the general public.