NV: Getting Connected

January 19, 2009 by

Let’s say you’re moving to Alamo, Nevada. Would you know who to turn to for your telephone, internet or cable service? Today’s State Agency Database Highlight can help you:

Bureau of Consumer Protection, Nevada Telecommunications Service Database – This is great way to find the telecommunications companies operating in Nevada and what services they offer in various locations. You’ll also find links to the FCC, service definitions, long distance rates, a telecom glossary, the Nevada Public Services Commission, and Universal Service information.

The Nevada page of State Agency Databases Across the FiftyStates is maintained by Kathryn Etcheverria.


NE: Finding Libraries

January 12, 2009 by

With a number of articles being written about people turning to libraries in the current economic crisis, today’s State Agency Database Highlight seems especially relevant. Especially if you live or are interested in libraries in Nebraska:

  • Nebraska Library Directory – This directory includes entries for directors and staff of all public, academic, school, special and institutional libraries in Nebraska. Also included are Educational Service Units, Library System staff, library trustees and friends, and Library Commission Board members. The directory is edited as updates are received–usually daily.

While the directory is staff focused, the records have varying amounts of information such as web links to catalogs and library hours. Here is one typical record:

Metropolitan Community College

P O Box 3777

Omaha, NE 68103-0777

Phone: 402-457-2763 or 402-457-2524 (Unit #)

• Coordinator of Library Services

Fax: 402-457-2768

Library Home Page: http://www.mccneb.edu/library/

Library Catalog: http://catalog.omahapubliclibrary.org/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile_mccweb#focus

OCLC Symbol: NEM

The Nebraska page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Beth Goble.

MT: Doing Business With the State

January 3, 2009 by

So, you’d like to sell clothes to the Montana state government. Where to start looking for a buyer? With today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Invitations for Bids and Request for Proposals – Database can be searched by type of solicitation (i.e. clothing, fuel, professional services), by agency or by browsing all opportunities. Records will have bid documents, any amendments and notes of meetings.

The Montana page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Jennie Burroughs.

PA: Administrative Code

December 27, 2008 by

Housekeeping note: Thanks to those few of you who still visit this blog. Now that some of our other projects are out of the way, it is our intention to restore weekly service to this blog. There are more than enough state agency databases to keep up that pace for the foreseeable future. If there is a particular subject you’re interested in that you think there might or should be a database for, leave us a comment and we’ll try to find and post a related database.

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight is:

Pennsylvania Code – the Pennsylvania administrative Code changes effective through 38 Pa.B. 6350 (November 15, 2008.

The site helpfully tells you that you are in the wrong place for statutes and laws. The code database may be browsed or searched by keyword and limited by code title.

The Pennsylvania page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Susanna Leers.

MO: Election Night Results to 1996

November 22, 2008 by

With their selection of Senator John McCain for President, Missouri lost its bellweather status of picking the winner of the Presidential election since 1956.

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight allows you to explore that history from 1996 to 2008:

Election Night Reporting Archives – Database searchable by all results, statewide races, ballot issues, county reporting, and customized view. Covers the 1996 General Election to the November 2008 General Election.

The Missouri page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Annie Moots.

DE: History from the Highways

November 15, 2008 by

If you’re curious about artifacts and old historical sites in Delaware, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight from the Delaware Department of Transportation:

Archaeology Search – A comprehensive listing of all archaeology reports available from DelDOT, detailing what was unearthed during studies and planning for construction of various roadways and highways throughout Delaware.

Er. archeology from the Department of Transportation? What’s up with that? I’ll let the Delaware DOT explain:

With the national archeology and historic preservation laws when DelDOT embarks on a project, we determine if the project has the potential to affect historic properties, which include archaeological and standing structures. If there is potential for effect, then the Department enters into consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), other preservation groups, and the public to help identify historic resources and determine if they will be affected by the project. Once it is decided that properties will be affected, then DelDOT and the consulting parties work together to limit the possible impacts to the resources. If an adverse effect on the resource will occur, DelDOT will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the consulting parties and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to mitigate the resulting effects. A Memorandum of Agreement is a legally binding document that details what measures DelDOT will undertake to help offset the impacts to the historic property. This open process allows the public and DelDOT to exchange ideas, alternatives, and solutions for not only a better highway system, but for a heritage worth protecting.

This database can be searched by chronological category (such as prehistory, woodland, early industrialization, 1940-present and many more), category (such as blacksmiths, bridges, taverns, schools, banks, underwater archeology and more), type of report (archeology or historic preservation) and title of report. Results link to full text of report.

The Delaware page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by John Stevenson.

Thanks for Your Feedback: Will Continue

October 18, 2008 by

Based on the feedback from the last blog entry, I’m recommitted to keeping this blog open. For my part, I will not be posting here until after our national election on November 4th. I’m too wrapped in election activities to give good state agency database highlights.

Rebecca Blakely, my multi-talented co-author, may post something before then, but I don’t want to publicly commit her.

Thanks to all of you who find this blog a useful compliment to State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.

If you’ve found this blog useful, let me know!

October 5, 2008 by

Hi All,

You’ve probably noticed that this blog has been quiet for the past few weeks. I work on a number of activities and this highlight blog has suffered for it. Judging from the traffic patterns for the last six months, I don’t know if this blog is doing what I’d hoped – getting people to visit the site of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.  If it’s not driving traffic, then I should probably drop this blog.

But if some of you have been finding this service helpful, please let me know. Leave a comment or write me at dnlcornwall AT alaska DOT net. If 10 people respond by next Sunday, I’ll make a renewed effort to post notable state databases after the national election. And if I can’t get 10 people to affirm support for the blog, then I’ll drop it. No sighs, no whines, no worries. Just the start of a new journey to publicize the project.

Because I put this and other blogs into my personal twitter feed, I want to make it clear that I am only considering dropping State Agency Database Highlights and not my other blogging activities.

MO: Get edible seeds

September 16, 2008 by

Do you live and Missouri and have a yen for edible seeds? Or mushrooms? Or perhaps your horse needs some hay? Find local sources for these and more with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

  • AgriMissouri Buyer’s Guide – Database of consumer items produced or processed by AgriMissouri members in the state of MO. Searchable by catagory, member name, company, product, or county. Only AgriMissouri members are listed, so it does not include all MO agriculturally-related businesses.

The database is searchable by product, county, and producer name. Records have location, contact info and a vendor blurb. Here is an example record:

Columbia Farmers’ Market
1701 West Ash – behind the ARC building
Columbia MO 65205
County: Boone
Phone: 573-823-6889
Email: columbia_farmers_market@yahoo.com
Web: www.columbiafarmersmarket.org

Products: Beverages, Candles, Community Harvest Festival, Cosmetics, Dairy Products, Edible Seeds, Ethnic Foods, Flavorings/Seasonings, Fish, Fresh Vegetables and Herbs, Frozen Foods, Fresh Fruit, Gifts, Greenhouse, Plants, Flowers, Honey, Liquid or Creamed Flavored Honey, Jellies, Jams, Apple Butter, Meats, Mushrooms, Farmers’ Market, Eggs
Description: Our Market opens Saturday (8:00 a.m.-noon) in Mid-March & runs until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. All our vendors are from a 55 mile radius and may only sell what they grow or craft themselves. Every Saturday there is live entertainment and a festival once a month.

Truly the Saturday morning place to be ~ we have everything Missouri has to offer!

Market is also open Mondays & Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm, May until October.

The Columbia Farmers Market offers a wide variety of products. These include: vegetables, fresh herbs & fruits, including peaches & berries, plants galore, including bedding plants, hanging plants, potted plants, houseplants, vegetable & herb plants, fresh eggs, meats, award winning goat cheeses, honey & honey ice cream, variety of mushrooms, wheatgrass, baked goods, fresh trout, candles, poison ivy relief soaps, jams, jellies, pickles and more.

The Missouri page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Annie Moots.

MA: Mass Moments (in History)

September 9, 2008 by

Supposed I asked you to find some anecdotes on the history of agriculture in the Greater Boston Area? Or how about the history of inventions in Massachusetts? Would you be flummoxed? Not if you used today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Mass Moments – Database of historical articles searchable by keyword, region, and topics including agriculture, immigration, maritime history and recreation.

The one problem with the search is that results do not display by date and it is unclear how they are sorted. But if your looking for events during a specific time period, the search form allows you to limit by date.

The Massachusetts page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Len Adams.