Submitted by jajacobs on Mon, 2013-08-05 08:48.
ERIC (AKA, "Education Resources Information Center") of the Department of Education has an announcement of limitations of its new web site during the transition from the old web site.
- Note from the Commissioner, Ruth Curran Neild, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance Institute of Education Sciences.
As ERIC transitions into a new contract cycle ... there will be a delay in indexing material. New material will not be released from August through October.
... Currently, the full text of all peer-reviewed articles and of all articles published after 2005 is released, as are the articles released through the scanning process. We are continuing to scan user-requested PDFs during this transition, but the mechanism to release the cleared PDFs will not go live until this fall.
...In early 2015, ERIC will release a brand new section of the ERIC website that allows users to browse ERIC's content by topic area.
Submitted by jajacobs on Tue, 2013-07-30 15:16.
Georgia Claims Its Annotated Laws Are Covered By Copyright, Threatens Carl Malamud For Publishing The Law, by Mike Masnick, techdirt (Jul 30, 2013).
Masnick notes that, technically, states that claim to be able to copyright their laws are on reasonably firm legal ground, even if they're on completely illogical common sense ground but that fact "doesn't make it any saner to claim such a copyright."
Among other things, Georgia claims (apparently as a justification) that the unannotated Georgia Code is available to the public at no charge at www.legis.ga.gov. Masnick continues:
It's not as if the state needed the "incentive" of copyright to publish an annotated version of the law. If anything, this seems like copyright misuse. But, even beyond that, it just seems counterproductive from a public policy standpoint to want to make your own laws harder to understand.
Submitted by jrjacobs on Mon, 2013-07-29 18:39.
It takes a village ... of government information librarians to make sure that government documents within scope of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) are collected, described, and distributed to FDLP libraries around the country. Here's an example of how the FDLP safety net works for fugitive government documents -- those documents that *are* within scope, but have not made their way into the FDLP system.
- My friend Gary Price tweets about NARA's release of its 2012 annual "Records Management Self-Assessment" which tells the good, bad and ugly about whether or not Federal agencies are compliant with statutory and regulatory records management requirements.
- I retweeted it as I know lots of my followers are interested to know how federal agencies are doing in their archival responsibilities.
Submitted by jrjacobs on Mon, 2013-07-29 07:35.
[Editor's note: this is a guest post from Joan Naymark, director of Minnesotans for the American Community Survey (MACS). Joan's bio is posted below. Check out MACS facebook page to keep up to date and find out how you can help assure that the ACS continues.]
Submitted by jajacobs on Tue, 2013-07-23 07:31.
Cloture Attempts on Nominations: Data and Historical Development, by Richard S. Beth, Congressional Research Service, RL32878 (June 26, 2013). [Copy provided by the Federation of American Scientists.]
In recent years it has become increasingly common for Senators to seek cloture in order to limit chamber consideration of presidential nominations to positions in the executive and judicial branches of government. Cloture, which requires a super-majority vote, places time limits on consideration of a matter, and so may be employed as a means of overcoming filibusters. This report presents data on all nominations on which cloture motions have been offered...
Submitted by dcornwall on Sun, 2013-07-21 13:02.
It's been a slightly active two weeks at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases. For the full list of things that happened in the last 14 days, visit http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d. Here are some highlights:
MONTANA (Susanne Caro)
Unclaimed Property at Montana Department of Revenue] - Search for Unclaimed Cash. Search by personal name or business.
WASHINGTON (Marilyn Von Seggern)
Project Search - Search for RCO projects (1964-present) from 5 organizations such as the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Search criteria are name of organization, project type, status, number, or name, and keyword. Results include project details and description, worksites, milestones, and report attachments.
WYOMING (Karen Kitchens)
Submitted by jajacobs on Sat, 2013-07-20 12:28.
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will be permanently retiring its Archival Research Catalog (ARC) on August 15th.
NARA's other search engine, the Online Public Access search, contains all of the descriptions and digitized content that was in ARC. The Online Public Access search also searches the NARA web site, Archives.gov, and the web sites of the Presidential Libraries.
Submitted by jajacobs on Sat, 2013-07-20 09:21.
The Historical Advisory Committee to the Department of State (HAC) released a report assessing both improvements in publishing the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series by the Office of the Historian (HO), and the pitfalls of NARA's declassification process. The report concludes with mixed results, noting that while it will remain difficult, if not impossible, for the HO to publish its FRUS series documenting events within 30-years of their occurrence as mandated by law, HO has made robust and encouraging progress and the office continues to increase the number of publications it releases.