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Another in our series of roundups of news and new resources via INFOdocket.com. 15 items in all.

Federal Sources

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

Statistical Atlas of the 9th US Census (1870) now online in lots of places

The folks over at radicalcartography.net have just made available the Statistical Atlas of the 9th US Census (1870) as a bulk download. It’s great that this amazing government publication is finding interest by the public — and that the radical cartographers are doing lots of cool projects like Census Demographics.

However, it should be noted that it’s been available online for a while from both the Library of Congress and the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER). And of course it’s also available in paper from Federal Depository Libraries across the US. I’d recommend that all you radical cartographers, cartographer wanna be’s, history buffs, data geeks etc get thee to your local Federal Depository Library to see what the Federal govt has published over the last 200+ years and also check out what your libraries are digitizing and putting online. You’ll be glad you did.

Presented here are all of the maps and charts from the first statistical atlas of the US Census, widely praised in its time and still a wonderful example of sophisticated graphics, the out-of-date racial/psychological nomenclature notwithstanding. The atlas is available page-by-page from the Library of Congress, but you can download it in bulk here.

[Thanks BoingBoing!]

National Atlas of the United States and the U.S. National Map

The United States government, led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has initiated a project to cooperatively develop, market, and distribute The National Atlas of the United States of America. The participation of many agencies of the federal government has been crucial to the successful development of the National Atlas. Congress recognized that no single government agency could deliver an atlas that is truly national in scope and breadth when it assigned the USGS to direct the project. That’s why so many Federal producers of reliable and authoritative geographic information have joined in developing National Atlas products.

More information can be found here: NationalAtlas.gov

The National Map is an online, interactive national map with contributors from around the country. Check it out: NationalMap.gov.

Recent Info Security Report, Walking Directions, Intro to Loki

OK, time for my first post of resources. We’ll begin with three.

1) Last week OMB released the, “FY 2006 Report to Congress on Implementation of The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002”
144 pages; PDF.

“The FISMA report contains the results of information security and privacy performance metrics reported by agency Chief Information Officers, Inspectors General, and Chief Privacy Officers in their annual FISMA reports for Fiscal Year 2006, the first year to include information about privacy performance data.

In FY 2006, 88 percent of all systems operated with complete Certification and Authentication (C&A), and 88 percent of all systems operated with tested contingency plans. In addition, 77 percent of all systems operate with security controls tested within the last year. ”

+ News Release

+ Full Text

2) Ask.com note.
Ask.com’s map and aerial imagery program provides both dynamic routing/re-routing and also walking directions. I think if you’ve ever walked and then driven in a large city, you learn quickly how different they might be.
Here’s an example of a route in NYC.

+ Example

A) Note the “pins” labeled 1-3. You can dynamically change the location (what the routing is based on) by simply dragging them to a new location. You can add new locations (10 total) by finding the location, right clicking and selecting “add location.”
B) Note the route is outlined in blue/purple color, on the left side toggle between walking and driving. See the route change.

3) Have you tried Loki? It’s a free tool for PC’s. It falls in the location-based services category.

+ Loki.com

Download the app. It then utilizes wi-fi (assuming you have a wi-fi connection) to identify where you are located. Then, select maps, local info (like movies, dining) etc. I’ve used it many times with great success and here at my house it’s within about 200 feet. Of course, in some locations it does NOT work. You can also enter an address in by typing.

If you look at the galley of “channels” you can find all sorts of databases to use Loki with. I haven’t seen one (this would be cool) that would tell the person about government at that location. Congress district, representation, polling places, etc.


USGS maps ransomed and released into the public domain

This is truly an inspiring story. Jared Benedict held 56,000 USGS maps for ransom. that’s right, ransom. Benedict purchased the 56,000 public domain maps on CD-ROM from USGS. Then he asked internet denizens to help him recoup his cost of $1600. Once that was met, he sent all of the maps to the Internet Archive for permanent preservation and free access!

Doesn’t that just give you tons of ideas for capturing and releasing all sorts of other government information? The Internet Archive better be ready for the steady stream of government documents!