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State Agency Databases Activity Report 12/9/2012

As predicted, our quarterly link check at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases aka the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States Project has generated a significant increase in activity this past week.

Before we get into that activity, we’d really appreciate it if you would answer a four question survey about our project’s Facebook page at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHP7SPY. The end of the year seems like a good time to evaluate whether our project’s promotional efforts are best spent on Facebook or somewhere else.

Now back to your regular report. For a full listing of all activity during the past seven days, visit http://tinyurl.com/statedbs. Here are some highlights:


ALASKA (Daniel Cornwall)

Alaska Volcano Observatory Image Search – Database of volcano related photos. Database may be searched by name of volcano, year, image type (may refer to purpose or format), words in caption, author, recent images and “keywords.” Keywords are in quotes because you are asked to choose form a list. Images appear to be public domain. Credit for photographers and AVO/USGS is requested for use of these images.

ARIZONA (Daniel Cornwall)

Indigenous Governance Database – From UA News, “The Indigenous Governance Database, recently launched by the UA’s Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy, pulls together in one central location articles, case studies, videos and other resources focused on governance, sovereignty, leadership, and sustainable economic and community development.” The database may be searched by keywords, resource type (books, case studies, films, etc), Format type (text, audio, video), Topic (civics, education, laws & code, etc), Native Nation (organized by state, then tribal organization). Keywords MUST be entered. A two minute demo video is available.

IOWA (Julie Thomas)

Business Entities Search – Database allows you to search by either business entity number or name. The name search offers the option of entering the first few letters or words of a business entity name, in order to retrieve a list of all business entities beginning with the same letters. For example, entering NOW may return NOW INC., NOWHERE INC., and NOW PUBLICATIONS INC.

MICHIGAN (Michael McDonnell)

Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats – The Bureau of Construction Codes provides access to digital images, with print capability, of the plats and related documents of land subdivisions in the State of Michigan’s plat files. The maps data as far back as 1821.

UTAH (Susanne Caro)

Construction Information Database – A searchable database of building permit data from nearly all cities and counties in Utah since 1975. Required fields include month and year. State, City and County search options are available.

WASHINGTON (Marilyn Von Seggern)

Find a CPA or Firm Licensing Search – Search for a CPA individual or firm licensed in the state of Washington.



Lost and Found Livestock – Database of lost and found livestock including: cattle, sheep, swine goats, horses, Emu, Ostrich, llamas, alpacas, Bison, domestic deer, and domestic elk. Records are viewable by animal type, date and county. Pictures provided when available. Formerly at http://www.azda.gov/lostFound/webView.aspx

This database is still listed on the Arizona Ag site, but hasn’t worked since June 2012.

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