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State Agency Databases Activity Report 4/14/2013

It was another busy week at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.

For a full list of last week’s activity, visit http://tinyurl.com/statedbs. Here are the week’s highlights:

PAGE REORGANIZATION

April Sheppard reorganized the Oklahoma page into the project’s standard format. We hope this will make Oklahoma resources more directly comparable to those listed for other states.

DATABASES ADDED

COLORADO (Samantha Hager)

Minority and Women-Owned Businesses – a searchable database of minority and women-owned businesses from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Find businesses by name, topic, or NAICS.

MARYLAND (Siu Min Yu)

Waste Kitchen Grease Transporters Search – From the website, “Search here for certified transporters of waste kitchen grease. You may search by the type of certificate, the name of the company registered, or the license plate of the vehicle registered.”

SOUTH CAROLINA (Ed Sperr)

State Salaries Over $50,000

WYOMING (Karen Kitchens)

Wyoming State Trademarks – This database covers state trademarks issued between 1906-current located at the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office. New applications and renewals are added monthly. This database will ultimately include the inactive applications and mark images for Wyoming trademarks located at the Wyoming State Archives, back to the first state trademark in 1881.

PROJECT WIKI SEEN AS USEFUL TO JOURNALISTS

We were pleased to learn that State Agency Databases Project got a brief shoutout from staff at NPR Stateimpact. At around the 52 minute mark of Basics of Data Journalism (April 11, 2013) at http://vimeo.com/63929281, the “State Agency Databases wiki” compiled by ALA is cited a very useful resource. We’re happy to see the news of this project get beyond the library community.

Finally, this will be the last activity report for April due to some vacation time. We expect the next activity report will be May 5th.

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