May 17, 2022

Call on Congress: A New/Free Telephone Service to Access Info About the U.S. Congress

Yet another impressive, important, and useful service from the Sunlight Foundation! Kudos! The Sunlight Foundation created Call on Congress to help bridge the “digital divide” by giving anyone with a phone line a free and meaningful way to understand their government and hold elected officials accountable. The Call on Congress web page mentions that the […]

NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) Releases Open Government Plan for 2012-2014

From the NARAtions Blog: On Friday, the National Archives released the updated Open Government Plan that will guide our efforts in transparency, participation, and collaboration for 2012-2014. Within our newly updated plan, you will see the specific items we plan to work on over the next two years, including: Strengthen our culture of open government […]

U.S. State Department Buys 2500 Kindles ($16.5 Million No-Bid Contract) For Libraries and Ed Centers

UPDATE 2 (6/13/12) More Information from the State Department in a New Report by Laura Hazard Owen UPDATE (6/12/12): Both NextGov and paidContent have updated their reports on this story with information from the U.S. State Dept.  From NextGov: “The State Department awarded a $16.5 million contract to Amazon to stock designated libraries and U.S.-friendly […]

Article: The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) eBook Program

The following article appears in the June 2012 Issue (2.6) of FDLP Directions (Federal Depository Library Program). Title The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) eBook Program Author Jeff Turner, Director of Sales & Marketing, Business Products & Services, U.S. Government Printing Office From the Article Wherever possible, GPO eBook services are offered to Federal agencies […]

Historic Photography Project Dusted Off And Digitized By The NYPL

From Gothamist: Recently the New York Public Library released over 40,000 images digitally from the Great Depression, including some shot in New York City, and over 1,000 that have not been published in other collections documenting the era. This week The NY Times explained how the photos finally got dusted off for their digital debut: […]

New Reference Resource: State-Level Maps and Graphs on Voting From U.S. Census

From the U.S. Census Web Site: The Census Bureau today released a menu-driven, interactive Web page permitting users to access for any state a series of graphs showing percentages of adults who voted and registered in every congressional and presidential election between 1996 and 2010. In addition to graphs showing voting and registration trends over […]

Official Website of the State of Texas Portal Goes Mobile

From the News Release:, the official website of the State of Texas, proudly announces the launch of – a mobile-friendly site that lets Texans access government services anytime, anywhere with any device. Since the launch of in 2010, web analytics indicate that mobile visits are growing steadily. Every day, more than 6,800 […]

Developers: U.S Census Plans to Release API Next Month, New Mobile Apps Also Coming Soon

UPDATE (June 7, 2012): Census Formally Releases Data API (via TechPresident) Direct to info at From Government Technology: The Census Bureau plans to launch an application programming interface in the next month that will stream its data straight to developers, Stephen Buckner, director of the bureau’s Center for New Media and Promotion, said Monday. […]

FBI Launches a Mobile Version of Their Site

From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (June 1, 2012): Today we’re launching the FBI’s first mobile-friendly website designed specifically for smartphones. Built with HTML5, AJAX, and JavaScript, it features most of the content from the main site. Sub sites like and the Vault (—along with some pages that are not easily viewable on […]

Pennsylvania: Department of Public Welfare Launches New Transparency Portal

From a News Release To help Pennsylvania taxpayers better understand how the Department of Public Welfare spends their money, Secretary Gary D. Alexander today announced a new addition to the agency’s website. [Clip] New information on the website includes: •             Fees set by the department to pay doctors and suppliers; •             Provider reimbursement rates; •             […]