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Welcome to the first State Agency Databases Project report of 2015!
ORPHAN – Nebraska
At the start of each new year we click on the “history” tab of each state page and check when it was last updated. If it hasn’t been updated during the previous calendar year, we let that volunteer go and put out the page for adoption.
Historically, I’ve had to fill six or seven pages each year. This year was different — we only had two “orphan pages” and one got adopted before I could get this report out. So I am happy to report that the sole orphan page of 2015 is Nebraska.
If you are interested in being the documents specialist for the Nebraska page, please read through our Volunteer Guide. If you feel you can carry out the listed duties please contact me at danielcornwall AT gmail DOT com.
The first few weeks of 2015 saw significant activity at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases . The following pages saw a significant number of changes. (links are to revisions page, click on “page” tab to see regular page):
- District of Columbia – Susan Paterson
- Montana – Susanne Caro
- New Mexico – Susanne Caro
- Ohio – Kirstin Krumsee
- “Not Databases” – Resources that are either databases of state information NOT produced by state agencies, or resources from state agencies that are not databases.
One other change we made was to our Prisoner Locater page, our most popular subject collection for several years running. Although it was technically outside the scope of our project, we added the Federal Inmate Locator so that regular people using the page to track down a friend, loved one or other person of interest had easy access to both state and federal locator services.
You can always view ALL changes made in the past 14 days by visiting http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d.
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.
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.
CHIPPING AWAY AT ORPHANS
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.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Susan Paterson)
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 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.
ADDITIONS TO NOT DATABASES
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.