State Agency Databases

This State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States was a Resource of the Week on Resourceshelf back in early August. This is a wiki project to bring all the databases of state government agencies together in one search.

Here’s the link for the Pennsylvania agency databases. As always with wikis, check the source before using, but this could be very useful.

Here’s what Shirl Kennedy at ResourceShelf wrote about this tool:

Resource of the Week: State Agency Databases
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

We are thrilled that more and more government agencies are putting all
sorts of information online. We love one-stop shopping sites. And we
are huge fans of collaborative efforts by information professionals.
So we're pleased to introduce you to State Agency Databases Across the
Fifty States, a wiki-based project by the ALA Government Documents
Roundtable (GODORT).

    In every US State and the District of Columbia, agencies are
    creating databases of useful information - information on
    businesses, licensed professionals, plots of land, even dates of
    fish stocking. Some of this content is available on search
    engines, but much of it is part of the invisible Web.In any event, no resource we're aware of has tried to pull
    together all publicly accessible state agency databases until now.
    Eventually each state page below will have a page listing state
    government databases by agency. If this project gets a wily
    programmer, we can talk subject access or even federated search.

    Click on a state name below to find a list of databases by agency.
    This is a wiki, so if you don't see something on a list that
    should be, feel free to add it as long as the resource is meant to
    be available to the public and is produced by a government entity
    in the listed state.

Navigation is very straightforward; click on the name of state to
bring up a page of annotated links to Web-based government databases
from that state. A table of contents at the top of each page
simplifies browsing. There is a keyword search box about two-thirds of
the way down the page in the left-hand navigation panel, but, as noted
above, until a technically savvy volunteer joins this project team, it
has limited capabilities - i.e., searches page titles only.

The driving force behind this project is Daniel Cornwall, Government
Publications/Technical Services Librarian at Alaska State Library -
and contributor to the excellent Free Government Information weblog.
(Add the RSS feed to your aggregator now if you aren't already keeping
up with this excellent blog, which also offers podcasts and a browser
toolbar.)

An extensive list of volunteers is helping to build and maintain this
resource. Note that some of the names are live links. If you click
through to the brief profiles, you'll often find a pointer to that
person's place of employment, including a few excellent government
documents pages, like this one, from Rich Gause, Government Documents
Librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries. Rich, by the
way, has done a super job with the Florida page on this wiki. Many of
the databases he's listed here were completely new to me.

Be aware that some state pages haven't yet been "claimed" by anyone,
so the database listings can be somewhat meager, or - in the case of
Arkansas and Wisconsin, as far as I could see - nonexistent. So there
are volunteer opportunities here."

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