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State of Mississippi Breaks All Its URLs

Carl Malamud noticed that the State of Mississippi relaunched their web site and INVALIDATED EVERY SINGLE URL!

The generic 404 error message delivered by the state’s website says:

The SOS site has recently been redesigned and relaunched and the addresses for most pages and files have now changed

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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 Project Activity Report: 3/16/2014

There is a lot of activity to report at the  State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases. Partly because I took at three week reporting break, but mostly because our volunteers have been extremely busy fixing links and adding new databases.


As promised, Rhode Island has been adopted! Many thanks to Stacy R. Williams of New York University for taking this state on.


With Stacy’s adoption of Rhode Island, we are down to three orphan states:

If you have an interest in taking one of these states, review the Volunteer Guide and then contact Daniel Cornwall at danielcornwall at gmail dot com.


Today’s featured database is from Adrienne Walker, who maintains the New Mexico page:

New Mexico State Archives – The online catalog for the New Mexico State Archives is one of New Mexico’s most important historical and cultural resources. It houses records from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, including documents dating from New Mexico’s Spanish (1621-1821), Mexican (1821-1846), and territorial (1846-1912) periods of history. Some holdings include photograph and motion picture film. Archival holdings are vast, so cataloging is ongoing. If you cannot find what you are looking for you can contact the Archives reference desk at (505) 476-7948 or via e-mail at Archives@state.nm.us. The catalog is updated regularly.


See the full story of the last two weeks by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d. For the full three weeks of this report, go to the URL above, and then change the radio button from 14 days to 30 days.



Data Catalog – The data catalog allows you to search datasets by category such as Education, Health Care, Human Services, Infrastructure, Economic Development etc. Popular downloads include crime incidents and public space permits and purchase orders.

GEORGIA (Chris Sharpe)

Project Search – Search for past, present, rejected, deferred, and proposed transportation related projects in Georgia.

Chris also did some major link fixing.

INDIANA (Stephanie Martin)

Indiana Recreation Interactive Map – Searchable by site name, type, and county. You can then click on the site on the map to see more details (phone number, website, directions, and activities). Sample Search: State Parks (type) in Brown (County).

KANSAS (Pam Crawford)

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

MISSOURI (Annie Moots)

Missouri Crime Victims’ Compensation Program Statistics Map – From the web site:  This “map provides comparative statistical information for FY 2013, FY 2012, and FY 2011 that includes the number of new claims, claims paid, claims denied, award amounts, restitution refunded to CVC and deposits into the fund.”

NORTH DAKOTA (Susanne Caro)

North Dakota Century Code -The North Dakota Century Code on this website contain currently effective laws of North Dakota changes approved by the 63rd Legislative Assembly are now reflected on this website.  Sections of law with expiration dates or delayed effective dates are indicated in the Section caption.

Susanne recently took on North Dakota as a second state and has done some extensive link revising in the last quarter.

WYOMING (Karen Kitchens)

Wyoming State Publications Online – This digital library contains publications produced by Wyoming governmental agencies. The bulk of the publications currently available online range from 1998 to present.


The purpose of the State Agency Databases Project is to discover and annotate publicly searchable databases produced by state agencies. Along the way we discover really good stuff that is either not a database or not produced by a state agency. Rather than simply discard this material, we park it on our Not Databases Page. Here’s a new addition to the Georgia section of the page:

Physician Workforce Reports – “Provide interested individuals with a snapshot of the current condition of the physician workforce across the state.  It is intended for use in a variety of ways and is presented in a manner that should help individuals monitor changes in this workforce and assess its current capacity.” Includes 3 reports: Basic physician report, Physician need report, and Facility report.

State Databases Activity Report: 2/23/2014

Here’s a roundup of the last two week’s activity at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases:


Audrey Hall, longtime volunteer for the Ohio page recently retired. Happily she recruited Kirstin Krumsee to take her place! Please join me in thanking Audrey for a job well done and thanking Kristin for joining our project.


We have a volunteer in the works for Rhode Island that I hope to announce in the next report. If that pans out we’ll be down to three orphan states:

If you have an interest in taking one of these states, review the Volunteer Guide and then contact Daniel Cornwall at danielcornwall at gmail dot com.


Today’s featured database is from Brenda Hemmelman, who maintains the South Dakota page:

South Dakota State Parks Directory (http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/)

Home to breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and exciting geological wonders, South Dakota offers visitors a range of things to do and see!  Enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills, great fishing and hunting along the Missouri River, and gazing at a star filled sky around a campfire.  Make reservations online.


See the full story of the last two weeks by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d.



Crime Map – Resource that allows you to see how many crimes are in your neighbourhood. Can select a specific date range as well as the proximity to an address.


South Carolina Beachfront Jurisdiction – designed to provide an overview of the location of the State’s beachfront jurisdictional lines, adopted erosion rates and beach classification zones.

TEXAS (Ann Ellis)

GIS Data – The Texas General Land Office uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and computer-aided design (CAD) systems to compile, analyze, and distribute information regarding the location of natural and human-made resources.  This website offers a collection of GIS mapping data and geodata for energy resources, professional services, and oil and coastal response information. The GLO website also offers interactive mapping capabilities.


State Agency Databases Project Activity Report 2/9/2014

The last week has been mostly quiet at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases, although we adopted out three more states!


Today’s featured database was provided by Michael Tatonetti, our volunteer for New York:

New Yorkers Volunteer (http://www.newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov) –

Created by the New York State Commission on National & Community Service, this database allows a user to find volunteer opportunities in New York.  Become a mentor, clean up a local park, help in a research lab, fundraise for art supplies, or work as a naturalist. The opportunities will enable a volunteer to learn new skills, meet new people and help out the community. The user can search for exciting opportunities by keyword or zip code.  Search results contain the date and time the help is needed, a link to a description of the work and the ways to sign up.


Some of 2014’s orphaned states have been picked up by one veteran volunteer and two new volunteers:


With the new influx of volunteers, we only have three state pages on the State Agency Databases Project are still open for adoption:

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.




Minerva Online Catalogue – The California State Archives collection is composed of records from California state agencies, the governor’s office, the state legislature, the State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, organized under the name of the agency or office that transferred the records to the Archives.  The collections also include some private papers that have been donated to the Archives.  Minerva provides access to summary descriptions of the California State Archives.  Within more than 300 million items in the collection are documents from the state’s first constitutional convention in 1849, land grant records of the Spanish and Mexican eras, campaign contribution statements, State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal case files, legislative committee files, original laws, papers of many of the state’s leading politicians, and large collections of photographs, maps, drawings, and audio/visual materials.