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State Agency Databases Project: Agriculture & Food Sources

As a result of the State Agency Databases Project migration to GODORT LibGuides, the volunteers are able to offer more subject guides covering the fifty states. We plan to highlight one subject guide a week till we get through all of the guides.

This week’s highlight is Agriculture & Food Sources, featuring 35 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALASKA

Alaska Seafood Recipes – Searchable set of recipes utilizing salmon, halibut, crab and other Alaskan seafood. May be searched by type of dish (appetizer, salad, entree, etc), Seafood type, and consumer/food service.

CALIFORNIA

Weed Identification Key – Use this database of images to identify weed species, especially the most common weeds found in California lawns. Because flowering parts are often mowed and not seen in turf, this key was developed using vegetative characteristics. The key goes from general to specific images of the plants; work through the key until you get to a summary page of your weed. The summary pages include control methods. There are related keys for invasive ants, aphids and other pests.

MISSOURI

Licensed Grain Dealer/Warehouse Database – Searchable by company name, manager name, address, zip code, phone number, or county.

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/agriculturedbs. 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 Project: 2014 Statistics

At the beginning of each year, I (Daniel) compile yearly statistics for the pages of the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases. Here are a few highlights from 2014.

State Pages

We had five states top 10,000 visits a year, led by Missouri with 22,069 visits.

1. Missouri  (Annie Moots)                       22069
2. Florida     (Wilhelmina Randtke)        17558
3. California  (Joel Rane)                          14012
4. Ohio  (Kirstin Krumsee)                       12364
5. Alaska (Daniel Cornwall)                     10583

Virginia had the fewest visits at 1638, but even this state page was visited an average of 4.5 times a day in 2014.

Subject Pages

Here are all eight of our subject collection pages, ranked by number of visits received in 2014:
1. Prisoner Locater Tools                                                  10373
2. Health Practitioner Databases A-M                            7802
3. Historical Media databases                                           2441
4. Biographical databases                                                  2251
5. Historical Newspaper and Magazine Indexes           2124
6. Health Practitioner Databases N-Z                             1893
7. Official records databases                                              1711
8. Museum Collection databases                                       986

If you’d like to establish a new subject collection on the State Agency Databases project or would like to build a subject collection on your own site using project links, let me know.

If you are interested in full project statistics from 2011 forward visit:

If you have questions or comments about these statistics, please leave a comment here or e-mail me.

State Agency Databases Activity Report 6/8/2014

It was a somewhat active week for the volunteers at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases as we started up our June link-checking activity.

 

FEATURED DATABASE

Today’s featured database is from Jenn Zuccaro, who maintains the Hawaii page:

Hawaii State Archives Digital Collections – archives1.dags.hawaii.gov/gsdl/cgi-bin/library – Search digital collections of Hawaii State Archives, including Chinese, Japanese & Portuguese Passenger Manifests, Hawaiian Genealogy Book Index, Vital Statistics and others.

 

DATABASE CHANGES

See the full story of the last two weeks changes by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d. Below are some highlights of the changes.

 

LINKS UPDATED

Alaska (Daniel Cornwall)

Arizona (Lindsay O’Neill)

Missouri (Annie Moots)

 

DATABASES ADDED

ALASKA (Daniel Cornwall)

Septic Tracking System – This database offers two search types: – Installer/Facility Name/Legal Description/File Number r Township/Range/Section (Only Unsubdivided Parcels). Records include links to PDFs of original installation documents. Department assumes no liability for accuracy of information.

 

DATABASES REMOVED

ARIZONA (Lindsay O’Neill)

General licensure page – For all professions. Formerly at http://az.gov/app/license/index.xhtml

 

In addition to the changes above, we also fixed a few links on the State Blue Books page. State Blue books have many uses, including providing material for K-12 students assigned to write a state report.

State Agency Databases Activity Report 1/5/2014

2013 ended with a good amount of activity at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.

As we start a new year, I wanted to introduce a new feature into these reports – the Featured Database.  The other volunteers and I will offer one database each week we think is especially worthwhile.

FEATURED DATABASE

Today’s featured database was suggested by Samantha Hager, our documents specialist for Colorado:

Colorado Health Information Dataset  (http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us/cohid/Default.aspx )

From the website,  “allows access to local-level health data compiled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help users determine the health status of a neighborhood, community, county, or region in Colorado.”

Includes statistics on births, deaths, population, behavioral risk factors, birth defects, cancer incidences, pregnancy risk assessment monitoring systems, injuries and tobacco attitudes and behaviors.

ORPHANED IN 2014

The following six state pages on the State Agency Databases Project are now open for adoption because the previous volunteer was unable to update the page during 2013:

If you are interested in being the documents specialist for one of these pages, please read our Volunteer Guide. If you feel like you can meet the requirements, e-mail Daniel Cornwall, project coordinator at danielcornwall AT gmail dot com.

PROJECT STATISTICS

Project statistics for 2011 through 2013 have been posted to the project home page. A few highlights from 2013:

Our state pages received 152,508 visits in 2013. The most popular state was Missouri with 15,257 visits.

Our subject pages received 18,755 visits in 2013. The Prisoner Locater Tools page was first with 6,723 visits but the combined visits for Health Practitioner pages was a close second with 6,500 visits.

Overall, visits were down in 2013 compared to 2012, but still over 2011 levels. Missouri bucked the trend by increasing visits, as did Kansas, Montana, and South Carolina.

DATABASE CHANGES

Because it’s been so long since my last report and because this current report has been lengthy, I’ll skip any effort at specific database adds. Over the past month, these states have shown the most update activity:

Remember, you can always find the latest two weeks of activity at http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d.

Until next time!

Searching More Than 24K Pages of Email Messages From Sarah Palin Administration

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
http://projects.nytimes.com/palin-emails/date/2008-08-01

2. MSNBC/Mother Jones/ProPublica
Search: MSNBC/Mother Jones/ProPublica
http://palinemail.msnbc.msn.com/

Updates at @openchannelblog and #palinemail

MSNBC Live Blog With Additional Information as it Becomes Available. Also, info about documents being withheld.
http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/06/10/6825771-heres-your-live-blog-for-the-palin-email-release-the-first-emails-are-online-now

Background from Bill Dedman at MSNBC
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/43281157/ns/politics-more_politics/

3. Washington Post
PDF Files of Raw Email Messages (#1)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/palin-emails/pdf/Dec42006-Feb202007.pdf

Additional Material
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/sarah-palin-emails/post/for-micro-updates-check-atpalinemails-palinemails/2011/06/10/AGPwBuOH_blog.html#pagebreak

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