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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:


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 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.



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.

State Databases Activity Report: 2/23/2014

Here’s a roundup of the last two week’s activity at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases:


Audrey Hall, longtime volunteer for the Ohio page recently retired. Happily she recruited Kirstin Krumsee to take her place! Please join me in thanking Audrey for a job well done and thanking Kristin for joining our project.


We have a volunteer in the works for Rhode Island that I hope to announce in the next report. If that pans out we’ll be down to three orphan states:

If you have an interest in taking one of these states, review the Volunteer Guide and then contact Daniel Cornwall at danielcornwall at gmail dot com.


Today’s featured database is from Brenda Hemmelman, who maintains the South Dakota page:

South Dakota State Parks Directory (http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/)

Home to breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and exciting geological wonders, South Dakota offers visitors a range of things to do and see!  Enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills, great fishing and hunting along the Missouri River, and gazing at a star filled sky around a campfire.  Make reservations online.


See the full story of the last two weeks by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d.



Crime Map – Resource that allows you to see how many crimes are in your neighbourhood. Can select a specific date range as well as the proximity to an address.


South Carolina Beachfront Jurisdiction – designed to provide an overview of the location of the State’s beachfront jurisdictional lines, adopted erosion rates and beach classification zones.

TEXAS (Ann Ellis)

GIS Data – The Texas General Land Office uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and computer-aided design (CAD) systems to compile, analyze, and distribute information regarding the location of natural and human-made resources.  This website offers a collection of GIS mapping data and geodata for energy resources, professional services, and oil and coastal response information. The GLO website also offers interactive mapping capabilities.


Other Transparency Measures

Yesterday, I posted an entry about Maryland’s new accountability website. There are other states and non-profits that have taken similar efforts. The ones that I came across are:

On 01/05/09, Georgia launched the Open Georgia: Transparency in Government – Not only does it provide information, but also solicits feedback from the public.

On 01/01/09, Kentucky started the Open Door: Kentucky’s Portal to eTransparency. There are plans to provide a new Budget Builder Game and also educational materials.

Websites launched in 2007 & 2008

Missouri – Missouri Accountability Portal (MAP)

Nebraska – Nebraska.Spending.com

Oklahoma – Open Books: Oklahoma’s Finances Online

Texas – Window on State Government

Alaska – Checkbook Online

Kansas – KanView

Louisiana – Louisiana Transparency and Accountability (LaTrac)

Maine – MaineOpenGov.org

New York – SeeThroughNY

South Carolina – South Carolina Spending Transprency