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This week we are highlighting the Business, Finance & Economy 50-State guide from the State Agency Databases Project. This guide lists 47 states that are known to have publicly searchable, state agency produced databases in this subject area.
Three databases from this compilation are:
Charitable Organizations System – May be searched by name, dba or purpose. Records indicate whether a charity is currently registered and provides address, contact information and purpose. Information is self reported and AZ Secretary of State does not determine whether a charity is legitimate.
Publicly Traded Disclosure Search – This search allows you to search for all publicly traded corporations that have filed a Corporate Disclosure Statement with the Secretary of State, search the full text of information contained in a specific statement, and view abstracts of reported information. Searchable by corporation name, the names of officers, or an auditor name; there is also an advanced search.
Unlicensed Search for Construction Contractor – From the web page, “will provide a listing of public complaints against persons or entities of construction contractors that, at the time of the complaint, were not licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.”
For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/businessdbs. 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.
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.
We had five states top 10,000 visits a year, led by Missouri with 22,069 visits.
Virginia had the fewest visits at 1638, but even this state page was visited an average of 4.5 times a day in 2014.
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.
It was a relatively quiet week for the volunteers at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.
Today’s featured database is from Jenn Zuccaro, who maintains the Hawaii page:
Papakilo Database – www.papakilodatabase.com/main/main.php
“The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA’s) Papakilo Database, is the ongoing development of a cutting edge and comprehensive “Database of Databases” consisting of varied collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawai’i’s history. This online repository of data will greatly increase OHA’s ability to preserve and perpetuate cultural and historical information and practices, thus providing an invaluable resource to educate other regulatory agencies, OHA’s Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, and the general public.”
See the full story of the last week’s changes by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs. Below are some highlights of the week.
Florida (Wilhelmina Randtke)
Ohio (Kirstin Krumsee)
Department of Education Legal Counsel Opinions / General Counsel Opinions (2000 – present) – Searchable by Google Custom Search or browseable by year. No opinions available from 2007-2012.
VIRGINIA (Louise Buckley)
Fish and Wildlife Information Service – View or print Biota of Virginia (BOVA) booklets for native and naturalized species of Virginia. Each booklet contains species-specific information on taxonomy, status, life history, occurrence and distribution, land management practices, food habits, habitat, and environmental associations as well as citations to scientific literature. Searchable by species information and geography.
Rare Plant Species by County – Plants for each county are coded for threatened or endangered status. Formerly at http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/Rare_Plants/RarePlantSpeciesbyCount/tabid/20404/Default.aspx