Friday, April 21, 2017

Adopt a Piece of Earth for Earth Day

Adopt the Planet! 64,000 locations available. Which one will you get?

NASA invites us to help celebrate Earth Day 2017 by virtually adopting a piece of Earth as seen from space. Personalized adoption certificates will feature data from NASA’s Earth-observing satellites for a randomly assigned location - they will note the latitude and longitude, plus the weather at that location.

Get even more data from NASA's Worldview website.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 is an open government data site that includes 200,000 open access data sets. To find and download sets to use for your research, filter sets by location, topic, data set type, agency, format. Data is not hosted here directly; the site includes metadata about open data resources in one centralized location. is managed and hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration. Review the Data Policies to cite correctly.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Taxes Due April 18

Taxes are due on April 18. Federal forms and publications can be downloaded from the IRS website, where information about payments and refunds is also available. For Oklahoma state tax information, see the Oklahoma Tax Commission's website. Find forms and publications in the top menu bar.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Presidential Executive Orders

View presidential Executive Orders released from the White House. They are published as they are issued. See additional Presidential Actions including Proclamations from the Briefing Room page.

Endangered Data Week

Endangered Data Week sponsored by the Digital Library Federation is April 17 - 21. This is an effort to work collectively for strong federal, state, and local open access data policies.

Friday, March 17, 2017

GPO and OMB to Distribute President Trump's Budget Blueprint

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are releasing President Donald Trump’s America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. This document is an overview of the President’s budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2018. "The full Budget that will be released later this spring will include our specific mandatory and tax proposals, as well as a full fiscal path." See the Table of Contents to navigate or use CTRL-F to find terms of interest. See the Washington Post article for a summary of the cuts to federal agencies.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Preservation of Agency Data

Government, university, and public interest organizations have been working to ensure that government information is accessible and preserved. DataLumos at the University of Michigan and Data Refuge at the University of Pennsylvania are two programs that are working to preserve federal government data. Open the Government and Free Government Information are initiatives that follow the public’s free access to government information.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tracing U.S. Immigration Patterns

The Pew Research Center recently published “From Germany to Mexico: How America’s Source of Immigrants has Changed Over a Century,” including maps depicting the states’ populations by decade from 1850 - 2013.

The source of its data is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s ongoing survey the American Community Survey and Decennial Census counts, also its 1999 report, "Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-born Population of the United States: 1850-1990."

The Census has published a similar study, Ancestry: 2000, with a single map depicting largest ancestry by counties.

Researchers can use the Census Bureau's American FactFinder tool, providing key access to Census data, to create similar datasets and maps.