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UK – Everything you need to know about the 2016 elections in your area

Democratic Dashboard is a project established by the Democratic Audit, based in the London School of Economics. Our aim is to promote engagement in the electoral process by making an array of information on elections and constituencies more accessible than previously. The UK has the lowest rate of electoral participation by young people in the OECD, and we hope to play a part in using the digital environment to spread engagement.”

THOMAS.gov to Retire July 5

News from the Library of Congress: “THOMAS.gov, the online legislative information system, will officially retire July 5, completing the multi-year transition to Congress.gov. “The Library is well-positioned for the future with Congress.gov,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “Free access to legislative information that anyone can search for and read is central toContinue Reading

Spring Cleaning? Start with Your Medicine Cabinet Right Away

“Have you checked on your medications lately? Are they expired or are you no longer taking them? This Saturday, April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Collect your leftover prescription drugs and take them to a local site for a safe way to dispose of medication. Learn more about why discarding old or unused medication is important.”

GPO – Univ Florida Make Historical Panama Canal Pubs Available on Govinfo

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office and the George A. Smather’s Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) make the digital versions of the Panama Canal Commission publications, and its predecessor agencies, available on GPO’s govinfo.  Link: https://www.govinfo.gov/browse/panama-canal. The collection contains a variety of publications that provide a glimpse into the workings of the Canal andContinue Reading

Eurostat Data Now Available on Social Explorer

Via Social Explorer: “Detailed European demographic data are now available on Social Explorer. This new European dataset includes population numbers and detailed characteristics, as well as births, deaths and migration. Data for 2013 are now available with additional years coming soon. Visualize European Statistics (Eurostat) demography for dozens of countries country. Eurostat, the statistical office ofContinue Reading

WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network

Western Massachusetts Towns Create a New Model for Last-Mile Connectivity, but a State Agency Delays Approval and Funding – A case study by David Talbot, Waide Warner, and Susan Crawford – “WiredWest is a legal cooperative of 31 western Massachusetts towns that has put forward a detailed proposal to provide “last-mile” high-speed Internet access connections toContinue Reading

Demographic and Economic Profiles of States Holding April 26 Primaries

April 19, 2016 — “In advance of the April 26 primaries, the U.S. Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of each participating state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include: Voting-age population and estimate of eligible voters (i.e., citizens age 18 and older). Breakdown of voting-age population by race andContinue Reading

Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in Changing Telecommunications Landscape

Via FAS – CRS report – The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape, Patricia Moloney Figliola, Specialist in Internet and Telecommunications Policy. April 15, 2016. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent federal agency with its five members appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by theContinue Reading

Data Act: Progress Made but Significant Challenges Must Be Addressed

Data Act: Progress Made but Significant Challenges Must Be Addressed to Ensure Full and Effective Implementation, GAO-16-556T: Published: Apr 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2016. “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) have taken some significant steps toward implementing the key provisions of the Digital Accountability andContinue Reading

April is Financial Literacy

“Whether you’re a student, young adult, parent, older person, or military service member, managing finances is a key part of your life; and you know that if you do it well it’s a great skill that reaps many rewards. In fact, strong financial literacy covers many areas, including spending, saving, investing, protecting, and making the most of yourContinue Reading

Six of the Government’s Best Mobile Apps

“There’s an app for everything in this digital age, including hundreds developed by the federal government. Here are six apps that we found especially useful. Smart Traveler – Planning a trip out of the country this year? Smart Traveler by the State Department is great for all your trips abroad. Get the latest travel alertsContinue Reading

USDA Local Food Directories: National Farmers Market Directory

Updated April 15, 2016 – The Farmers Market Directory lists markets that feature two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a common, recurrent physical location. Maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Directory is designed to provide customers with convenient access to information about farmers market listings to include: marketContinue Reading