NARA, Sweden, ILO, Online Maps, Voting, Statistics, NASA, TOXNET, Transporation, DOT, Smithsonian, Federal Regulations, Energy
Another in our series of roundups of news and new resources via INFOdocket.com. 15 items in all.
1. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Releases Beta Versions of Several New Features
2. A Redesigned Regulations.gov Website Now Live With Many New Features
3. Smithsonian Launches New Website for Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art
4. Transportation: RITA Launches U.S. DOT Research Hub Searchable Database (Beta)
5. NLM Releases Mobile Interface to TOXNET Databases
6. A New Interactive Infographic From NASA Looks at The Future of American Human Space Flight
7. U.S. Census Releases Graphs on Historical Voting Trends
8. Archivist of the United States on the Competencies NARA Wants For Archives Specialists
Additional Items That Might Be of Interest
9. More Than 10 Million Digitized Newspaper Pages Coming to Europeana
10. Create Custom Neighborhood Maps (Quickly Search/Locate/Visualize Neighborhoods Located In Any Zip Code)
11. Online Database: NORMLEX (Information System on International Labour Standards) From ILO
12. Foreign Affairs Releases Complete Online Archive, All Articles Back to Vol. 1, No. 1 (1922) Available
13. U.Va. Library’s New Streaming Oral History Project Tells the Legal Story of the Civil Rights Struggle
14. New Interactive Site/Database Features Info About Wyoming’s Electrical Generation Facilities
15. Legal Reasons: National Library of Sweden Will Not Archive Personal Blogs or Online Video Games
A Roundup of Recent Government Info News and New Resources
Time once again for a selection of news and new resources that we hope will be an interest to the FGI community. The following posts are from INFOdocket.com (@infofodocket) where we compile and post new items daily. The oldest item in this roundup was posted on January 26, 2012.
1. President Requests $231,953,777 for Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
2. MEDLINE/PubMed: List of Serials Indexed for Online Users, 2012 Now Available in XML
3. South Dakota: State Archives Going Digital
4. Recently Launched iOS App: United Nations News Reader from the UN News Centre
5. Full Text of Prepared Testimony: Librarian of Congress, Public Printer, & Others Testify at House Appropriations Committee Hearing (re: FY 2013 Budget)
6. Montana: “New State Librarian Leads Digitization”
7. Government Information: A New Issue of the FDLP Connection Newsletter is Now Online (Vol. 2, Issue 2)
8. New Reference Resource: PACrimeStats.Info (Pennsylvania Crime Data)
9. EPA Releases New Interactive Tool with Information About Water Pollution Across the U.S.
10. FEMA Grant Helps Restore New Orleans’ Katrina-Damaged Archives
11. Listen Online: National Park Service Releases Historic Audio Recordings Made by Thomas Edison’s Recording Engineer
12. New Feature: The World Factbook Now Allows Users to Listen to the National Anthems of Most Countries
13. U.S. Congress: THOMAS Adds Direct Links to House Committee Hearings
14. New Document from NIH: Public Access Policy Implications
15. New Database: See Who’s Donating to Super PACs
16. LOCPix: New iOS App Provides Access to Digitized Photos from the Library of Congress
17. New Interactive Reference Resource: State Transportation Facts and Figures
18. U.S. Congress: Financial Contributions: MapLight Launches New Company Pages
19. Let’s Fly! FAA Launches Mobile Web App
20. New Search Tool from the IRS: Exempt Organizations Select Check
Roundup of Recent Government Info News and New Resources
Time once again for a selection of news and new resources that we hope will be an interest to the FGI community. The following posts are from INFOdocket.com (@infofodocket) where we compile and post new items daily.
1. New iOS App From SEC: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission News
2. Just Released: Library of Congress Offers Congressional Record As iPad App
3. National Library of Medicine Announces Latest Release of Its “History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium”
4. Asked and Answered Questions: U.S. Department of Education Releases Mobile Version of Answers.Ed.gov
5. Smithsonian Gets Dedicated Funds for Digitization and New Media, Will Spend $8.7 Million In FY 2012
6. The Library of Congress Names Gayle Osterberg Director of Communications
7. EPA Releases Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Online Database and Dataset Available
8. White Paper: “Authentication of Primary Legal Materials and Pricing Options”
9. Federal Elections Commission (FEC) Launches Mobile Web Site
10. Full Text Reference Resource: Trade & Development: UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics 2011
From the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
11. NARA Launches “Citizen Archivist Dashboard”
12. U.S. Bankruptcy Courts Begin Offering Online Chat Services
13. USDA Launches New Online Nutrition SuperTracker
14. New Database: Time-Series Plots of Phrases in U.S. Supreme Court Opinions (Legal Language Explorer)
15. Statistics: NLM Updates MEDLINE Indicators With FY2011 Numbers
Only Half of Dot-Gov Sites are Active, GSA Reports
From a NextGov Article:
Nearly one-fifth of federal Web domains are inactive and one-fourth redirect to other dot-gov sites, according to an inventory conducted between August and October.
Active government domains employ 150 different content management systems, a hodgepodge of design templates that vary wildly from one division to the next, and a host of different performance metrics, according to a report compiled by the General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget.
The report lists 1,489 total government Web domains and about 11,000 websites.
At most of the inactive sites in the report, agencies appear to own the Web domain name but are no longer maintaining it. Some sites mayhave been shut down as part of the reform initiative, though.
Read the Complete Article
Government Printing Office Boss Out After Senate Fails to Vote
From The Washington Post:
The head of the Government Printing Office is out of a job — and he says he doesn’t know why.
Nobody on Capitol Hill or at the White House has told William Boarman why senators didn’t vote to confirm him before they left town over the weekend. President Obama granted Boarman a recess appointment earlier this year, after an April 2010 nomination to lead the agency responsible for printing government documents, training manuals, passports and maps.
By law, recess appointees not confirmed by the end of the next Senate term must step down. In November, two GOP senators dropped a hold on Boarman’s nomination and seemingly assured his eventual confirmation. But Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said late Saturday that fresh concerns with the nomination meant it wouldn’t happen.
Read the Complete Washington Post Article
See Also: News Release from the GPO
Bill Boarman has been honored to serve as the 26th Public Printer of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) for the last year. Having been nominated originally 20 months ago, having been reported out of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee unanimously twice, and not having been permitted to learn and respond to the nature of the objection to his confirmation, Boarman is disappointed in the result of Saturday’s Senate action. Nevertheless, he is proud of GPO’s accomplishments this past year as the digital information platform for the Federal Government.
See Also: Comments by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Published in Congressional Record (December 17, 2011)