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Google – The Hidden World of National Parks

Via Google – Follow rangers on a [visual] journey to places most people never go. Discover America’s national parks in a new way – Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, Florida. Continue Reading

CA Digital Library – New Platform for Declassified Documents Reference System

California Digital Library: “The U.S. Declassified Documents can now be cross-searched with the other archive resources on the Artemis platform.  You can filter search results by document type, classification level, publication year and by other categories.  Results can be analysed using the built-in Term Frequency and Term Clusters tools. U.S. Declassified Documents Online provides access… Continue Reading

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the FTC

Via Andrea Arias at the FTC: “…The Framework provides organizations with a risk-based compilation of guidelines that can help them identify, implement, and improve cybersecurity practices.  The Framework does not introduce new standards or concepts; rather, it leverages and integrates cybersecurity practices that have been developed by organizations like NIST and the International Standardization Organization… Continue Reading Long-Term Strategy Needed to Improve Website Usability Long-Term Strategy Needed to Improve Website Usability, GAO-16-693: Published: Aug 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2016:  “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), General Services Administration (GSA), and the Performance Improvement Council (PIC) took several steps to improve the usefulness of, a website intended to serve as the public window to the… Continue Reading

EFF – Transparency Hunters Capture More than 400 California Database Catalogs

Dave Maass – A team of over 40 transparency activists aimed their browsers at California this past weekend, collecting more than 400 database catalogs from local government agencies, as required under a new state law. Together, participants in the California Database Hunt shined light on thousands upon thousands of government record systems. California S.B. 272… Continue Reading

Improving access to government services through a shared authentication platform

“18F, which is part of the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, is building an authentication platform to make online interactions with the U.S. government simple, efficient and intuitive. This platform will be a service shared by agencies to streamline logging in and to allow the public to securely access personal information and federal government… Continue Reading

Important Announcement regarding the National Technical Reports Library

Gregory G. Guthrie, Program Manager, National Technical Reports Library National Technical Information Service”Announcing Open NTRL – In October 2014 NTIS announced four levels of access to the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL): Public NTRL – open access to all bibliographic and abstract content with a link to the NTIS Webstore for purchasing. Public NTRL with… Continue Reading

Discover the open data policies -The Open Data, for non-lawyers

Via the Sunlight Foundation and OpenGov Foundation: “Open Data Policies Decoded provides the open data policies on one friendly website. Inline definitions, cross-references, bulk downloads, a modern API, and all of the niceties of modern website design. It’s like the expensive software lawyers use, but free and wonderful. This is a public beta test of… Continue Reading

App for Pocket Guide to Transportation 2016

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has introduced its most innovative product – a smartphone app for the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2016. The Pocket Guide is a popular, quick reference guide to significant transportation statistics. The new app allows users to take all the informative graphics and tables from the… Continue Reading

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

“Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal. The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data. “At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access… Continue Reading

Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2013–2014 – Statistical Tables

Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2013–14 – Statistical Tables – Trent D. Buskirk, Ph.D., Regional Justice Information Service, Joseph M. Durso, Regional Justice Information Service, Ronald J. Frandsen, Regional Justice Information Service, Jennifer C. Karberg, Regional Justice Information Service, Allina D. Lee, Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 30, 2016. NCJ 249849. “Describes background checks for… Continue Reading

2016 International Data Base Update

“The current update provides revisions for 14 countries and areas, incorporating new data from censuses, surveys, and administrative records and new analyses. Revised estimates and projections are available for Argentina, Bangladesh, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Gaza Strip, Haiti, Namibia, Nepal, South Korea, the United States, Venezuela and West Bank. Highlights from the International Data Base:… Continue Reading