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Warmest Year Ever

Document of the Day. According to NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), “The year 2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880.”

This website has Maps and Time Series, tables and graphs and lots of references.

Webinar on fugitive documents: notes and links

These are notes and links and resources mentioned in our webinar on fugitive government documents that Jim and I presented for the “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian” webinar series:


Process for “fugitive hunting:”

In the paper era, FDLP librarians would subscribe to mailing lists and make personal contacts with local/regional offices of Federal agencies (EPA, Forest Service and the like) in order to make sure their libraries were collecting all documents in scope of the FDLP. Fugitives in the paper era numbered in the 10s/year. As James A. Jacobs noted in his presentation, the scope of born-digital documents from Federal agencies demands a collaborative, FDLP community-wide, large-scale fugitives project:

  1. keep track of agencies
  2. use tools like Update Scanner firefox plugin to keep track of when a federal agency’s site is changed and when individual documents are published.
  3. Delve into the “dark web:”
    1. create a list of known federal dbs
    2. analyze the dbs to find static url structures
    3. Report fugitive documents (see #5)
  4. Check GPO’s Catalog of Government Publications (CGP) to see if the new publications have been cataloged.
  5. Report fugitive documents to GPO and to the LostDocs blog
  6. Join the “Everyday Electronic Materials” Zotero group and help us test out a newer, faster, more automatic fugitive document workflow!!
  7. Lather, rinse, repeat!

Code Snippets

<form action="http://www.archive-it.org/public/search">
<input type="hidden" name="collection" value="***COLLECTIONID***" />
<input type="text" name="query" />
<input type="submit" name="go" value="Go" />

<form action="http://www.archive-it.org/public/search">
<input type="hidden" name="collection" value="***COLLECTIONID***" />
<input type="text" name="query" />
<input type="submit" name="go" value="Go" />

Note: You can search across the Stanford Archive-It collections via https://archive-it.org/organizations/159. For the Search form to work, you’ll need to edit the ***COLLECTIONID*** to in 2 places with the proper ID:

—Bay Area governments = 903
—Climate Change = 1064
—CRS reports = 1078
—FRUS = 1515
—FOIA = 924
—Fugitives = 2361


Baldwin, Gil. 2003. Fugitive Documents – On the Loose or On the Run. Presentation by Director, Library Programs Service, GPO American Association of Law Libraries Conference Seattle, WA, July 15, 2003. Administrative Notes Vol. 24, no. 10 (August 15, 2003).

Bower, Cynthia. Federal Fugitives, DND, and other Aberrants: a Cosmology. Documents to the People v17 n3 (Sep 1989) p.120–126.

Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group. 2014. “Link Rot” and Legal Resources on the Web: A 2014 Analysis by the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group

DiMario, Michael F. 1997. PUBLIC PRINTER. Prepared Statement Before The Subcommittee On Legislative Branch Appropriations Committee On Appropriations U.S. Senate On Appropriations Estimates For Fiscal Year 1998. (JUNE 5, 1997)

FDsys Collections

Jacobs, James A. 2014. Born-Digital U.S. Federal Government Information: Preservation and Access. 2014. Report prepared for Leviathan: Libraries and Government Information in the Era of Big Data, CRL (April 25, 2014). Also see: Government Records and Information: Real Risks and Potential Losses. [Presentation slides and audio recording] and Speaker notes, additional links, examples, and accompanying material.

Kott, Katherine B. 2010. Everyday Electronic Materials in Policy and Practice. CNI Fall 2010 Project Briefings.


Shaw, Thomas Shuler. 1966. Library Associations and Public Documents, Library Trends (July,1966) p167–177.

Stanford University, Social Sciences Resource Group. Archive-It collections.

U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance. Increasing analytic capacity of state and local law enforcement agencies…

U.S. Code. Title 44

U.S. Department of State. Keystone XL Pipeline Project Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).

U.S. President.Executive Order 13662.
Other copies: White House, Federal Register, Federal Register printer-friendly, GPO Federal Regsiter PDF, GPO Federal Register html, GPO html, GPO mods, GPO Premis, GPO zip

U.S. White House. The White House current third party (social media) pages / accounts

Zotero Group: Everyday Electronic Materials

Selected Technologies and Infrastructures

Carl Malamud proposes a National Day of PACER Protest

Carl Malamud of public.resource.org and champion of freeing government information, has posted a proposal for “Law Day” — a national day of protest against PACER policies.

  • Yo! Your Honor! A Response to the Chief Justice Carl Malamud “A National Strategy of Litigation, Supplication, and Agitation”. Boing Boing (Jan 11, 2015).

    May 1 Proposed as a National Day of PACER Protest. Aaron Swartz Memorial PACER Cup to be Awarded.

Also see:

  • Free Our Paywalled Court Documents: The Aaron Swartz Memorial PACER Cup Contest Announced by Mike Masnick techdirt (Jan 12th 2015).

    Yesterday was the two year anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s unfortunate suicide. Today, Carl Malamud, the leading champion of freeing up public documents and laws, has announced a National Day of PACER Protest, to be held on May 1st, with the “winner” to get the Aaron Swartz Memorial PACER Cup. Malamud’s discussion of this is pretty long, but well worth reading. If you don’t recall, Malamud and Swartz have spoken out against PACER in the past many times. PACER, of course, is the horrific, antiquated paywall system by which the federal courts lock up tons of public documents and only make them available at 10 cents per page (with some exceptions).

    Malamud describes a three-pronged strategy to knock down that PACER paywall, which he dubs the “red, white and blue” teams. The red team involves filing lawsuits challenging PACER’s legality. The blue team, which Malamud will undertake himself, involves asking a bunch of courts for an exemption to PACER for some research that he’s working on (and has been for some time, involving privacy issues related to PACER).

    It’s the white team approach that involves everyone else. One part of it is asking people to send notes to their local judges, just to inform them how totally screwed up PACER is (since many judges may not realize how much of a pain it is to the public). But the bigger part is that Malamud has proposed May 1st as a day when he wants lots and lots of people to use PACER accounts to download documents (and RECAP them). Here’s where an important “caveat” in the $0.10 per page comes into play. If you rack up less than $15 of downloads in a quarter, PACER waives your fees. So Malamud is hoping that lots of people will sign up for PACER accounts and use May 1 to download cases right up to that line, so you won’t have to pay.

NOAA resources for teaching climate


NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, maintains the website Climate.gov as a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. The goal of the site is “to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make our data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions.”

The Scout Report (January 9, 2015 — Volume 21, Number 1) says that the site “provides all the resources teachers need to bring the subject to life.”

New Digital Posters from NASA


Most long-time govdocs librarians are fond of government produced posters. They are unique and useful in many ways. (If you’re unfamiliar with government posters, have a look at the Work Projects Administration (WPA) Poster Collection at the Library of Congress.)

Now NASA has created posters it calls an Exoplanet Travel Series based on the new exoplanets that scientists are discovering using the Kepler telescope. An article in Engadget describes the “trio of beautiful posters by the Exoplanet Travel Bureau.”

All three echo the WPA’s iconic travel prints from the mid-1930s, with classic typefaces and swathes of flat, contrasting color. Given we don’t know exactly what each planet looks like, the designers have taken some creative liberties here — but they should still be more than enough to spark your own imagination and curiosity in the stars.