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Education at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Education, featuring 43 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALASKA

Teacher Certification Database – Searchable by teacher first or last name, this database will provide a list of that teacher’s current certifications along with expiration dates. This database does not list expired certifications or any personal data.

 

MISSOURI

Missouri School Directory – View public school information by county, district name, state house district, or state senate district. Information includes contact numbers for administrators and each school in the district, and the number of schools, certified staff, and enrolled students. Assessed valuation and tax levy amounts are also available.

 

TEXAS

Degree Program Search – From the website, “This tool allows a user to search by one field or a combination of fields to find a degree program(s) offered at one or more public community, technical, or state college, public university, health-related institution, Independent/Private(ICUT) Institution, For Profit Colleges & Universities Authorized by Certificate, or Other Institutions Authorized by Certificate. ”

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/educationdbs. 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 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 Project Activity Report 12/14/2014

With the quarterly link check underway, we’ve seen significant changes to the following pages at the State Agency Databases Project athttp://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases over the past two weeks.  (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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