December 14, 2017

U.S. History: William Clark Papers Collection Added to Kansas Historical Society’s Online Archives

From the KHS (PDF): The William Clark Papers Collection was recently added to Kansas Memory, the Kansas Historical Society’s online archives of documents, books, and photos. Clark, along with Meriwether Lewis, led an expedition west to the Pacific Ocean and was later appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Territory of Upper Louisiana. The collection […]

Ready Reference: New York City Green Book Now Available Online, Searchable

From an Introduction by Mayor Michael Bloomberg: For nearly a century, the Green Book has kept New Yorkers informed about the agencies, offices, boards, and commissions that keep our dynamic City running. This year, to complement the traditional printed edition, we are proud to publish the first truly “green” Green Book-a searchable, up-to-date City directory […]

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 […]

Updated Database: College Athletics Finances (2006-2011)

Provided by the USA Today. The data, updated for 2011, are based on the revenue and expense reports collected from more than 225 public schools in the NCAA’s Division I that have an obligation to release the data (the NCAA does not release the data publicly). Data back to 2006. Sortable Data Fields: School Name […]

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 […]

Two New Online Databases Containing Data From the State of Oregon

These databases are being made available by the The Statesman-Journal (Salem, OR). 1. Workers’ Compensation Claims from July 2002-October 2011 2. Education: Oregon Chronic Absence by District 2010-2011 See Also: More Online Data via The Statesman Journal

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 […]

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 […]

Reference: New Report From the Congressional Research Service: “Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues”

Title Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues RL31994 Author Alison M. Smith Source Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Direct to Full Text 35 pages; PDF From the Summary This report discusses DOMA [The Defense of Marriage Act] and legal challenges to it. It reviews legal principles applied to determine the validity of a marriage […]

Accessibility: The NY Times Releases Screen Reader Friendly Version of Site (Prototype)

From the Beta620 Blog: We already provide (via the National Federation for the Blind) “newspaper by phone,” a text-to-speech reader that is accessed nearly 30,000 times a month. How many people might we be able to reach if our Web site was truly accessible? With nytimes.com/accessible, we’re hoping to find out. /accessible reorganizes the structure […]