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Earth & the Environment at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Earth & the Environment, featuring 44 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALABAMA

Alabama Drought Conditions – Enter your zip code to view drought conditions in your area.

 

MONTANA

Abandoned-Inactive Mines Database – The Abandoned-Inactive Mines (AIM) database contains over 8,000 records and includes several data tables that include information on location (latitude/longitude and cadastral), ownership (as determined from 1:24,000-scale maps, GPS, or other sources), office and field screening results, and water/soil sampling (sample-ID, location, and field parameters). Login is required but is free.

 

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Herbaria Plant Specimen Database –  Over 250,000 records for Wisconsin’s vascular plants. Searchable by name, genus, species, location, habitat, and more. Created by the Wisconsin State Herbarium.

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/earthdbs. 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 Activity Report 5/18/2014

It’s been a quiet few weeks for the volunteers at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.

 

FEATURED DATABASE

Today’s featured database is from Annie Moots, who maintains the Missouri page:

“Know MO” Consumer Complaints – http://www.consumer.ago.mo.gov/Know_MO/ – Missouri consumers can check this database for complaints filed with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office about individuals or businesses doing business in Missouri.  The database contains over 100,000 consumer complaints and is searchable by keyword.  Results contain the number of complaints, the category of the complaint, when it was filed, whether or not it was successfully resolved, and if it made it into an AGO news release.

 

DATABASE CHANGES

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

 

LINKS UPDATED

OHIO (Kirstin Krumsee)

UTAH (Flora Shrode)

 

OTHER CHANGES

In addition to the activity above, Mark Rozmarynowski has continued to reorganize the Wisconsin page.

State Agency Databases Activity Report 4/27/2014

It was a typical week for the volunteers at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.

 

FEATURED DATABASE

Today’s featured database is from Louise Buckley, who maintains the Virginia page:

Historical Highway Marker Database – http://dhr.virginia.gov/HistoricMarkers/Account/Logon – Search by keyword, zip code, county or city, route number or name, or marker number. Results include marker name, text, number, route information, photograph (when available), and a “View in Map” link.

DATABASE CHANGES

See the full story of the last week’s changes by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs. Below are some highlights of the week.

 

LINKS UPDATED

 

DATABASES ADDED

MICHIGAN (Michael McDonnell)

Traffic Monitoring Information System – Michigan collects traffic volume counts on its trunklines. On this page you can click on links to find the definition for the various counts. Click on “Search Traffic Data” to find the data by county and year. You need to spend some time with the definitions to understand the data. You also need to know the official name of the roads and highways.

 

WYOMING (Karen Kitchens)

Wyoming Newspaper Project – Available through this website are newspapers printed in Wyoming beginning with the 1849 Chugg Water Journal, in an easily searchable format. Browse or search the more than 900,000 newspaper pages converted from microfilm to a digital format. All text is searchable, including news articles, news briefs, obituaries and other items of interest.

State Agency Databases Activity Report 4/20/2014

It was a slow week for the volunteers at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.

SOME STATE DATA SETS AND APPS AVAILABLE FROM DATA.GOV

While not in scope for our project, we wanted to note the presence of a States section at data.gov. This page links to state produced data sets, apps, state data policies and current programming challenges. It is far from comprehensive but still interesting to look through. You can find a link to this section on our main project page after the listing of state pages.

FEATURED DATABASE

Today’s featured database is from Annie Moots, who maintains the Missouri page:

Consumer Confidence Reports

This database contains yearly reports of community public water systems in each county of Missouri. Information in the reports includes assessment of the water source, contaminants and their ranges found in the water, violations of drinking water regulations, and much more. The database is searchable by county then by water system. It is maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Public Drinking Water Branch.

DATABASE CHANGES

This week the only significant change was that Mark Rozmarynowski updated a few links on the Wisconsin page.

State Agency Databases Activity Report 4/13/2014

It was a typical week for the volunteers at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.

 

FEATURED DATABASE

Today’s featured database is from Marilyn Von Seggern, who maintains the Washington page:

Washington State Fiscal Information    http://www.fiscal.wa.gov/ – A state law passed in 2008 required creation of a website that would make state revenue and expenditure data as open, transparent, and publicly accessible as is feasible with the goal of making government more accountable. The database provides access to expenditures, revenues, workloads, caseloads, performance measures, and performance audits as well as current and historical budget data and accounting data (some sections searchable by parameter and some provide reports).  The Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) Committee and the Office of Financial Management are jointly responsible for the site.

Examples of financial information available from the database are state agency budget requests, statewide expenditure histories, and state revenues by source up to the most recent month.

 

DATABASE CHANGES

See the full story of the last week’s changes by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs. Below are some highlights of the week.

 

DATABASES ADDED

MISSOURI (Annie Moots)

Rest Areas and Welcome Centers – Clickable map of 14 rest areas on seven different interstate highways in Missouri. Seven of these are also welcome centers. Some have dual areas across the interstate from each other. Information for each area includes location, who maintains it, the closest town, amenities, number of parking spaces, hours, and distance to the next rest area.

 

NEW JERSEY (Stephanie Bartz)

New Jersey Courts Search Page – “This is a full-text archive of the Opinions of the New Jersey Courts, including the Supreme Court, from March, 1994 to date, the Superior Court Appellate Division and the Tax Court from September, 1995 to date. Please note that in 2005, the New Jersey Administrative Office of Courts changed its publication policy and began to release all Appellate Division decisions for inclusion in this database. Before that date, decisions marked “Unpublished” were not released, and are available only from the court directly.” Hosted by the Rutgers Law Library – Newark.

 

Historical Media Databases

Missouri – Missouri Digital Heritage – Contains historical collections about MO from the State Archives, the State Historical Society, and other institutions across the state. Search by keyword or browse collections.

 

DATABASES REMOVED

 

ALABAMA (Paula Webb)

Search for a degree program – Allows users to search for a degree program at any Alabama institution of higher education. A general keyword search which can be limited by degree level. Former URL – http://www.ache.state.al.us/PISearch/default.htm

 

WISCONSIN (Mark Rozmarynowski)

Utility Information Listing – maintained by the Public Service Commission. Search by utility name, PSC id number, industry (electricity, water, etc.) or service (holding company, local exchange carrier, etc.). Results list utility status, reporting class and address. Data may be exported to an Excel spreadsheet. Former URL – http://psc.wi.gov/apps/utility/content/findunf.aspx

 

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