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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 Children Awaiting Adoption – Search children available for adoption by gender, number of children, age, race, disability, and profile activity.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
- California – Joel Rane
- Kansas – Pam Crawford
- Maryland – Siu Min Yu
- Minnesota – Paul J McDonough
- Missouri – Annie Moots
- Oregon – Liz Paulus
- South Dakota – Barbara Hemmelman
- Tennessee – Julie Huskey
- Wyoming – Karen Kitchens
- Healthcare Practitioners – Lynn McClelland
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.
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.
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.
See the full story of the last two weeks changes by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d. Below are some highlights of the changes.
Alaska (Daniel Cornwall)
Arizona (Lindsay O’Neill)
Missouri (Annie Moots)
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.
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.