Archive for June, 2008

CT: Do Something Cultural

June 27, 2008

You live in Connecticut and think there’s nothing to do? Guess again and check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Culture Connect – Find stuff to do from book readings to world affairs events. Search by date, type of event, or zip code.

Here’s some stuff you can do in CT over the next few months:

Modern Marine Masters Exhibition
April 1, 2008 – June 30, 2008; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Art & Museum Exhibits
Mystic Seaport, Mystic
Green Valley Youth Choir, Sydney, Australia World Tour
Monday, July 7, 2008; 7:00 pm
Live Music: All
First Church of Winsted, Winsted
Rabbit Hole
June 20, 2008 – August 3, 2008 on
Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 8:00pm
Saturday 2:30pm and 8:00pm
Sunday 2:30pm
Theater & Dance: Plays
TheaterWorks, Hartford
Battle Surgeon Aboard the USS Constitution
Monday, September 15, 2008; 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Medical Historical Library-Yale School of Medicine, New Haven

CO: Education Glossary

June 25, 2008

The Colorado Department of Education demystifies school jargon with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Data Dictionary “This education dictionary is an online glossary of standard education terms, their definitions, business rules, data relationships, and reporting.” The dictionary serves to define the terminology associated with data collection at the Colorado Department of Education. Search by keyword, by collection, or browse terms alphabetically

The Colorado page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Samantha Hager.

CA: History of Initiatives

June 23, 2008

California, more than any other state, is famous for its many citizen/special interest produced propositions. Prop 13 is probably the most famous, but there have been many, many more since 1911. You might think you can’t tell the propositions/initiatives apart without a program. California thinks it takes a database:

California Ballot Measures Databases – From the website, “a comprehensive, searchable source of information on California ballot propositions (and initiatives) from 1911 to 2000 (limited amounts of information for 2001-2003). The database contains the full text of the propositions, accompanying material contained in the ballot pamphlets, related legal and legislative history, and digital images”

The California page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Janet Coles.

AR: Attorney General’s Opinions

June 21, 2008

If you are looking to see how the Arkansas state lawyers advise state agencies, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Attorney General, Office of

  • Opinions Attorney General is charged by statute with the responsibility of providing written legal opinions requested by state officials. The purpose of the Opinions Department is to assist in fulfilling this statutory duty by preparing drafts of formal, written opinions. While opinions of the Attorney General do not constitute binding law or precedent, they do provide a significant source of legal interpretation, often with respect to questions that have not been addressed elsewhere. The database provides full text searching. The user may also enter, category, requestor name, date of release or opinion number.

The opinions go back to 1991.

The Arkansas page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Mary Brewer.

AZ: Find a Library

June 19, 2008

If you’re in or passing through Arizona and you suddenly need internet access, newspapers, books or other materials, then you need a library. Today’s State Agency Databases Highlight shows you where to go:

Arizona Library Directory – Searchable by name or keyword. Records include contact information, library hours, information about staff and websites when available.

Here’s a sample record:

East Flagstaff Community Library


A branch of: Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library
Mailing Address
3000 North Fourth Street
Suite 5
Flagstaff, AZ 86004-1831
3000 North Fourth Street
Suite 5
Flagstaff, AZ 86004-1831

Regular Hours
Summer Hours
Su   1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
M-Th 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
F    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sa   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Library Phone Numbers
Type Number Extension
Main 928-774-8434
FAX 928-527-7925


Library Manager – Bill
Advisory Board President: Jeanette Baker Friends Group Chairman: Sandy Thybony

Other branches of this system are:
Forest Lakes Community Library Forest Lakes
Havasupai Village Library Supai
Tuba City Public Library Tuba City

The Arizona page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Daniel Cornwall.

AK: Economic Development

June 17, 2008

If you’re looking to build or expand your business/organization in Alaska, today’s State Agency Database Highlight should help:

Alaska Economic Development Resource Guide – This database allows you to search for economic development assistance based on type of organization, type of aid being sought (grants, technical assistance, etc) and area of interest (credit unions, native crafts, historic preservation, etc). Results include program agency, program goals, resource provided, eligibility guidelines, funding status, comments and program contact information.

The Alaska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

AL: Alabama and the Great War

June 15, 2008

People who suspect their Alabama relatives were in World War I will find this database of interest:

World War I Gold Star Database contains information on Alabama service people who died during World War I. Records are somewhat sparse, but do include Name, Branch, Regiment, Race, Town and County, when available.

The Alabama page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Valerie Glenn.

Subject Collections: What Next?

June 13, 2008

With the posting about our prisoner locater tools, we have concluded our list of subject-focused databases. What should we do next? Here is a cut and paste from our subject collections page:

Future Subject Lists – Below is a listing of topics people have expressed interest in seeing multi-state compilations on. Feel free to start one of these topics or start your own state-database related topic.

  • Campaign Finance / Lobbyist Information
  • Curriculum Guides and materials – Produced by many state education departments.
  • Environmental Databases – Perhaps broken down by type (spills, tanks, habitat, etc)
  • Healthcare practitioners databases – A number of states maintain online directories of doctors and other health care professionals. Some contain disciplinary actions.
  • Road Conditions – Many states have databases that track road conditions and construction activities. Some come with webcams.
  • School Directories – Many states produce extensive information on schools.
  • Tourism databases – Some states have databases of tourist activity, top attractions, economic impact, etc.

Dear Reader, do you have any preferences among the items above? Are there annotated lists of state agency database in these areas that we should link to? Let us know in comments.

Our next post will resume our state by state approach to database highlights.

Subject Collections: Finding Prisoners

June 11, 2008

The last current subject focused database collection in the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States Project is our Prisoner Locater page. This page features annotations on dozens of prisoner locater tools. The search capabilities and available information vary widely from state to state. Try a few of the tools below to see what I mean.

Alabama – Inmate Search – a database of individuals currently incarcerated in Alabama correctional facilities. Users can search by AIS (Alabama Institutional Serial) number or by first or last name. No more than 50 results will be displayed for any search.

Arkansas – Inmate population Information Finder – Prisoner database that can be searched not only by name, gender, age and race, but also by type of crime including: Assault, Drug Crime, Forgery/Counterfeiting, Fraud/Embezzlement, Kidnapping, Manslaughter, Murder, Other Crime, Other Violent Crime, Property Crime, Racketeering, Robbery, Sex Crime, Theft, Weapon Offense. Records include weight, height, sentencing history and prisoner photos when available. This system even lets you electronically send money to prisoners.

Georgia – Inmate Query – Prisoners may be searched by name, aliases, gender, age, primary offense (incl abuse of gov’t office), sentence status, conviction county and more. Prisoner records include photos, offense details, project release dates, and aliases and identifying marks when available.

Iowa – Offender Information – Prisoners are searchable by name, birth date range, gender, location, and county of commitment. Inmate records include name, offense (while incarcerated), state identification number, holding facility and projected release date. Database is notable for using reCAPTCHA Verification to discourage robots and improve digital texts.

Washington – Find an offender – Searchable by name or state id number. Records include name, state id number and holding facility.

If you are aware of an inmate finding tool that does not appear on the Prisoner Locater page, please let us know in comments.

RI: RI RED (Research and Economic Database)

June 9, 2008

Nicknamed after the infamous Rhode Island Red Chicken, the RI RED (Rhode Island Research and Economic Database) requires registration to access its entire search capabilities, but it’s worth it.

Once you register, you can research labor market information on salaries and economic data, analyze the labor market in areas that you maybe looking at locating your business, review the current economic climate for your industry, or review available jobs and apply online!

Whether you are an employer, labor market analyst, or scoping out the job market, this database will assist you in your information needs.