January 18, 2022

Vermont: Retiring State Archivist Ushered the Past Into the Future

From the Burlington Free Press: “Government creates vast amounts of information, but we never treat it as a business asset,” [Gregory] Sanford said. Over 30 years he has employed patient persistence to help policymakers see the value of government information, historic and current, and begin to adopt policies to make it accessible, usable and available […]

Roundup: New Databases/Data Sets from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wisconsin

1. Vermont: Common Cause Launches Campaign Finance Database (via Vermont Digger) Direct to Database 2. New Hampshire: Searchable Database Looks at 2.4 Million State Transactions (via NHOpenGov.org) Direct to Database 3. Wisconsin: New Database Allows People to Search Recall Petitions (via WUVM Radio) Direct to Database

U. of Vermont: Digitizing a Treasury of Objects at the Fleming Museum

From Seven Days: All museums struggle to represent the full range of their holdings, and the Fleming is no exception. [Janice] Cohen, [Director of the Fleming Museum] estimates that only 5 percent of its 24,000 items are on view at any time; the other 95 percent sit on shelves upstairs, neatly labeled but as good […]

Newspaper Digitization: "From the archives to digitized: Historic Vermont newspapers get new lease on life online"

From VTDigger.org: The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project last week added its first batch of digitized newspaper pages to a national database dedicated to providing searchable digital copies of historic newspapers from all over the nation. Tom McMurdo, the project librarian for the state effort, said there are currently 25 states involved in the National Digital […]