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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

Near Real Time Info from the FAA

One area (of several) in the info retrieval world of extra special interest to me is real time and near real time access to information. Some of the largest providers of this type of data are governments. I will plan to post on several of them throughout the month.

We will begin with near real info from the FAA. There are MANY sources of it but I’m going to focus on two. Additionally, some cost money. These two services are available at no charge.

I use both of the two services listed below. Each has its strengths. Both are worthy of your attention. It’s a case of which one works best for you.

+ Flight Aware
Near real time info and historical info (free) for aircraft in the U.S./Canadian database.

Search by
Airline, Tail #, Airport. You can also access:
+ All flights in the air by airline
+ by aircraft model
+ others

Maps and pages that auto-refresh if you’re logged in to the service.

Current Planes departing/arriving Boston’s Logan International.

Data for a specific flight also includes minute by minute lat/long, ground speed, altitude.

All planes in the air this minute, by fleet.

+ Flight Stats

Widgets for several sites, RSS feeds.

Mobile Site
Note: Flightware.com works and looks OK on a mobile browser.

Historical ontime ratings (also on the FAA site)

Airport info


Airport delays (also on the FAA site)

Flight Status by Route, Flight, Airport, Alerts

Airports and airlines of the world lists

Hide or view codeshare flights.

Example (O’Hare Departures)