I’m pleased to report to you that the ALA GODORT State and Local Documents Task Force efforts to create a 50-State Registry of state agency produced databases is nearing the end of its initial setup phase.
With the help of 30 named volunteers, we have created content for 46 states and the District of Columbia. The remaining four states have prospective volunteers who should be filling in content soon or letting me know they cannot take on page volunteer duty at this time.
Please see our nearly completed product at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.
To get a small taste of what is becoming available through the Registry, check out the unofficial project blog “State Databases of the Day” at http://statedatabase.blogspot.com/.
You don’t have to be a named volunteer to help with the project. If you go to a state’s page and don’t see your favorite state agency produced database, go ahead and add it if you are comfortable with editing wikis. If not send your link to the page volunteer, if available, or to me at dnlcornwall AT alaska DOT net as project coordinator.
Please try to have a look at the Registry this week. Check out and improve your own state’s page. Or check out what’s available. A lot of stuff from the California page just amazed me. Think about how you might build subject listings (Wildlife, business, etc) using the Creative Commons’ licensed material from this project. Together we’re building a good resource. Let’s keep at it.
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