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Transportation at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Transportation, featuring 36 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:



Seat Belt Enforcement Reporting Site – Statistics on current seatbelt use, violations, and fatalities. Customizable by type, date, and location.



Ohio Crash Report – Crash reports on this site are not official documents. They were submitted to the Ohio Department of Public Safety for statistical purposes only. These reports are to be used for statistical use only and are not sufficient to be used in any court proceeding.



Virginia Transportation Marketing Research Database – Contains marketing research studies conducted by various transportation agencies on topics such as HOV lanes, carpooling, telework, and more. Searchable by subject, region, keyword, and year; a complete listing of all studies is also available.
For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/transportationdbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in the this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

State Agency Databases Activity Report 10/5/2014

This past week saw significant changes to the following pages at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.  (links are to revisions page, click on “page” tab to see regular page):

You can always view ALL changes made in the past seven days by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs.

As a reminder, all of the links and text in the State Agency Databases Project is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. We strongly encourage the use of our links and annotations in projects of your own.

State Agency Databases Activity Report March 30, 1014

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


In the past week, Mississippi was adopted by Aimee Slater of Brooklyn College and Virginia was adopted by Louise Buckley of University of New Hampshire.

In the past we have had requests for pages on US Territories and sub-state jurisdictions in the project. If you would like to start a page for such a government, let’s talk.


Today’s featured database is from Marilyn Von Seggern who maintains the Washington page:

Washington Information System for Architectural and Archaeological Records Data (WISAARD)   http://www.dahp.wa.gov/learn-and-research/find-a-historic-place

WISAARD is a searchable GIS map tool and database of over 1800 registered historical sites and over 300,000 inventoried sites including images, a summary of the significance, and a link to the nomination document. Simple or advanced searches may be initiated via map or by text query for historic name, address, city, county, architectural style, built date, historic use, architect, and listing status. Information on archaeological sites is limited to prevent vandalism.

The database, funded with a grant from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, won the 2010 Intergovernmental Solutions Award from the American Council for Technology.

For example, one can view the Fort Columbia Barracks in Ilwaco, WA, view a photo of the building which was built in Queen Anne style in 1903, and view the Historic Property Inventory Report.



See the full story of the last week’s changes by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs. Below are some highlights of the week.





KANSAS (Pam Crawford)

Lesson Plans and Other Resources – This Kansas Educational Resource Center site offers resource-type, topic and/or grade-level searching.

KENTUCKY (Glen McAninch)

KRS search – Keyword search of Kentucky revised statutes.

VIRGINIA (Louise Buckley)

License Lookup & Disciplinary Actions – This resource allows users to check the license status and complaint history of contractors; real estate individuals, businesses, and schools; cosmetologists; home inspectors; geologists; polygraph examiners; and more. The database is searchable by name, zip code, or license/certificate number, with the option to limit by area(s) of practice. There is also a separate keyword search for disciplinary actions occurring on or after April 1, 2002 for those records appearing in License Lookup.



WISCONSIN (Mark Rozmarynowski)

Find a State Park, Forest or Trail – interactive map with annotations and links to specific park websites with maps, directions, current conditions and upcoming events. is a table listing parks and their facilities and amenities so that you can easily see which parks best suit your recreational needs. Former URL – http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/findapark.html

State Agency Databases Activity Report 1/5/2014

2013 ended with a good amount of activity at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.

As we start a new year, I wanted to introduce a new feature into these reports – the Featured Database.  The other volunteers and I will offer one database each week we think is especially worthwhile.


Today’s featured database was suggested by Samantha Hager, our documents specialist for Colorado:

Colorado Health Information Dataset  (http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us/cohid/Default.aspx )

From the website,  “allows access to local-level health data compiled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help users determine the health status of a neighborhood, community, county, or region in Colorado.”

Includes statistics on births, deaths, population, behavioral risk factors, birth defects, cancer incidences, pregnancy risk assessment monitoring systems, injuries and tobacco attitudes and behaviors.


The following six state pages on the State Agency Databases Project are now open for adoption because the previous volunteer was unable to update the page during 2013:

If you are interested in being the documents specialist for one of these pages, please read our Volunteer Guide. If you feel like you can meet the requirements, e-mail Daniel Cornwall, project coordinator at danielcornwall AT gmail dot com.


Project statistics for 2011 through 2013 have been posted to the project home page. A few highlights from 2013:

Our state pages received 152,508 visits in 2013. The most popular state was Missouri with 15,257 visits.

Our subject pages received 18,755 visits in 2013. The Prisoner Locater Tools page was first with 6,723 visits but the combined visits for Health Practitioner pages was a close second with 6,500 visits.

Overall, visits were down in 2013 compared to 2012, but still over 2011 levels. Missouri bucked the trend by increasing visits, as did Kansas, Montana, and South Carolina.


Because it’s been so long since my last report and because this current report has been lengthy, I’ll skip any effort at specific database adds. Over the past month, these states have shown the most update activity:

Remember, you can always find the latest two weeks of activity at http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d.

Until next time!