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Government Agencies & Elected Officials at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Government Agencies & Elected Officials, featuring 42 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALABAMA

Local Alabama Government Search – Search for local officials by zip code or place name.

 

LOUISIANA

Louisiana Boards and Commissions Database – This database is searchable by the name of the commission, board or by name of an individual member. It includes names of all the members on the board or commission, a contact address and phone number, appointed date (if available), and expiration date of term (if available).

 

TENNESSEE

Tennessee State phone directory – Search for state employees or state offices.

 

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/govdirdbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

Earth & the Environment at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Earth & the Environment, featuring 44 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALABAMA

Alabama Drought Conditions – Enter your zip code to view drought conditions in your area.

 

MONTANA

Abandoned-Inactive Mines Database – The Abandoned-Inactive Mines (AIM) database contains over 8,000 records and includes several data tables that include information on location (latitude/longitude and cadastral), ownership (as determined from 1:24,000-scale maps, GPS, or other sources), office and field screening results, and water/soil sampling (sample-ID, location, and field parameters). Login is required but is free.

 

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Herbaria Plant Specimen Database –  Over 250,000 records for Wisconsin’s vascular plants. Searchable by name, genus, species, location, habitat, and more. Created by the Wisconsin State Herbarium.

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/earthdbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

Crime, Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Crime, Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement. This guide is one of the few cases where all 50 states and the District of Columbia have at least one publicly searchable database in a subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALABAMA

Alabama Blue Alert Search – Blue Alert is activated when a local, state or federal law enforcement officer in Alabama has been killed or seriously injured and the perpetrator is at large. Browse or search by name, city, state, or status.

HAWAII

Hawaii Statewide Automated Victim Information & Notification (SAVIN) – Search and Register for Offenders – Hawaii SAVIN offers victims and concerned citizens free, anonymous, and confidential access to timely information and notification 24-hours a day, 365 days a year on the custody and parole status of offenders under the jurisdiction of the State Of Hawaii’s Department of Public Safety. Search by Offender ID or Offender’s First and Last Name and enter the Date of Birth and age range if known.

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Missing Persons – The South Dakota Missing Persons Clearinghouse acts as a liaison for families and law enforcement to provide contacts and resources that can assist in the search for missing persons.

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/crimedbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

Community & Social Services at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Community & Social Services, featuring 36 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALABAMA

Alabama Children Awaiting Adoption – Search children available for adoption by gender, number of children, age, race, disability, and profile activity.

MISSOURI

Show Me Home Care and Rehab – Search for home health care, hospice services, outpatient physical therapy clinics or comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities by agency type or location.

VERMONT

Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH) (VT) – Searchable database of federal/state subsidized rental housing in Vermont. Can search by county, city or zip code with ability to limit to senior or disabled housing. Produced in partnership with the University of Vermont.

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/communitydbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

State Agency Databases Activity Report: 12/21/2014

With the quarterly link check ongoing, we continue to see changes to the following pages at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases .  (links are to revisions page, click on “page” tab to see regular page):

You can always view ALL changes made in the past seven days by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs.

As a reminder, all of the links and text in the State Agency Databases Project is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. We strongly encourage the use of our links and annotations in projects of your own.

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