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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!

FEATURED DATABASE

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.

NEW VOLUNTEERS!

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

JUST THREE STATES STILL ORPHANED

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.

DATABASE CHANGES

DATABASES ADDED

CALIFORNIA (Joel Rane)

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.

State Agency Databases Project Activity Report 1/19/2014

Last week was sorta quiet at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases.

FEATURED DATABASE

Today’s featured database was provided by John Stevenson, our volunteer for Delaware. It provides material to ponder in response to the question, “Are Delaware’s vanity plates really the ugliest in the nation?” as reported by Delaware Online.

Delaware Vanity Plate Search and Reservation
(https://citizen.dmv.de.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicVanityPlate) –

Operated by the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles.  Delaware has fewer than one million residents and assigns numeric license plates. Vehicle owners who want to display letters instead of numbers may determine the availability of lettered vanity plates and reserve them using this database.  The search page allows people to see how a tag will look and reserve it if it’s available.

SIX STATES STILL ORPHANED

The following six 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.

DATABASE CHANGES

KANSAS (Pam Crawford)

Kansas Road Conditions – Searchable by region, the resulting customized map shows current road conditions due to weather or road work. Color-coding and symbols designate problems like ice, snow-pack, high water, road construction and road closures. Webcams are marked as well so you can view conditions at those locations.

WASHINGTON (Marilyn Von Seggern)

Washington Tracking Network – State environmental and health information data for air quality, asthma, biomonitoring, birth defects and outcomes, lead risk, carbon monoxide, radon, and more. Each topic opens with ‘measures and data’ which offers an introduction, definitions, and links to other data sources. Click on “Query Data,” set the measures, and search for information.

NO REPORT NEXT WEEK DUE TO #ALAMW14

Next Sunday will find me in Philadelphia for ALA Midwinter 2014. Fellow FGI ‘erJames R. Jacobs will also be there. Come find us! And if you’d like to adopt an orphan page, I can sign you up on the spot if I’m not running late for one of my meetings.

State Agency Databases Activity Report 1/12/2014

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

FEATURED DATABASE

Today’s featured database was suggested by Annie Moots, the volunteer for Missouri:

Missouri Appellate Courts and Missouri Supreme Court Opinions (http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=12086&dist=Opinions)

This database contains the full-text opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions, of the Missouri Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts Courts of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court back to 1997. It is searchable by court, opinion, or date.  Other information includes a summary of the opinion, the case name and number, attorneys for the parties, the court or commission from which the case was appealed, the name of the judge who authored the opinion, and the vote.

 

NEW VOLUNTEERS

It seems like a good idea to celebrate new volunteers:

  • Arizona – Lindsay O’Neill, Arizona State University
  • New Jersey – Stephanie Bartz, Rutgers University

These pages weren’t officially orphaned. But the new volunteers seemed like a better fit for the states involved. I’m particularly happy to give Arizona to someone actually working in Arizona.

 

SIX STILL ORPHANED

The following six state pages on the State Agency Databases Project are still 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.

 

DATABASE CHANGES

DATABASES ADDED

Idaho (Beth Downing)

Transparent Idaho  – Transparent Idaho makes the State of Idaho’s finances and operations more transparent by providing a highly accurate look at the state’s budget, revenues, and spending, and how they have changed over the last 3-5 years. Also included are various financial reports and links to other information about state operations and local spending in Idaho.

Missouri (Annie Moots)

State Tax Commission Legal Decisions – Search by year and keyword back to 2001.

New Jersey (Stephanie Bartz)

Salvage-Titled and Flood-Titled Vehicles – “Contains information about vehicles that have been issued salvage or flood titles since October 30, 2012.” Explains what flood and salvage titles mean and identifies the vehicles that have been classified with those titles since Hurricane Sandy.

New York (Michael Tatonetti)

OASAS Provider Directory Search] – Find Prevention and Treatment providers for alcohol and substance abuse addicts in New York. Searchable by county, region, city, ZIP code or do a statewide search. Provides information on programs, addresses and contact information of treatment centers.

 

DATABASES REMOVED

Alabama (Paula Webb)

Alabama Moments Search – A searchable database of Alabama Moments.

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.

FEATURED DATABASE

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.

ORPHANED IN 2014

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

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.

DATABASE CHANGES

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!

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

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