December 17, 2017

Updated Database: 2011 Salary Data for About 1.3 Million U.S. Federal Workers Now Online

From WUSA-TV (Washington, DC): The data, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act placed with the Office of Personnel Management by a WUSA9/Gannett sister publication, The Asbury Park Press, allows you to enter a federal worker’s name to obtain salary and bonus information. DataUniverse.com estimates the databank covers about 70% of federal workers, but Department […]

Reference: Database: Disciplinary Records of Licensees Go Online in Utah

From Government Technology: Researching disciplinary actions taken against doctors and other licensed professionals in Utah just got a lot more convenient. As part of an overall effort by the Utah Department of Commerce to improve citizen access to information, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) launched an upgraded database that provides scanned […]

Google Scholar Adopts Google’s New “Modern” Look

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No surprise here, Google Scholar has moved to the UI design seen on other Google search interfaces. From the Google Scholar Blog: The new modern look brings you improved aesthetics and easier access to frequently used search features. You can now search for recent papers with a single click in the sidebar. You can access […]

Latest Release of UK National Archives New “Discovery” Catalogue Now Available

A National Archives (UK) announcement alerts us to the latest release of their new Discovery catalogue. From the Announcement: The image delivery service is now available, which means you can search and download records, where online versions exist, all in one place. Discovery also allows you to tag records to improve their descriptions, preview records before purchase, […]

Getty Research Portal Debuting on May 31st Will Provide Unlimited Access to Nearly 20,000 Digitized Art History Texts in Public Domain

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From the Getty Research Institute: On Thursday, May 31, 2012 the Getty Research Institute (GRI) will launch the Getty Research Portal, an unprecedented resource that will provide universal access to digitized texts in the field of art and architectural history. The Getty Research Portal is a free online search gateway that aggregates descriptive metadata of […]

Milestones: Ancestry.com Adds 10 Billionth Record to Database

From Today’s Announcement: Ancestry.com is celebrating the addition of its 10 billionth record to the website. The treasure trove of 10 billion-plus online records on Ancestry.com, which has grown 150 percent in the last three years, is larger than those of all other online family history sites combined. Although much of the increase in the […]

University of Minnesota Launches Catalog of Peer-Reviewed Open Source Textbooks

From Inside Higher Ed: [The University of] Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they won’t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted […]

Using Wolfram|Alpha to Access and Analyze Census Data

C. Alan Joyce from Wolfram|Alpha has a terrific post (the first in a series) about using the wonderful computational reference resource to analyze data (comparisons, chart, etc.) from the American Community Survey (U.S. Census). The post includes background, screenshots, and plenty examples of what’s possible when you utilize Wolfram|Alpha. Here are a few examples: Population […]

Reference: Encyclopedia of Life Reaches Historic “One Million Species Pages” Milestone

From the EOL: The Encyclopedia of Life has surged past one million pages of content with the addition of hundreds of thousands of new images and specimen data from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Launched in 2007 with the support of leading scientific organizations around the world, the Encyclopedia of Life […]

State of Ohio Releases Online Fraud Database

From the Auditor of the State of Ohio: An online database of fraud complaints against public offices goes live today, according to Auditor of State Dave Yost. The web-based report system complements changes to Ohio law made last year by H.B. 66. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a case of fraud where no one […]