Thursday, May 25, 2017

OSU Collections in HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world and available via the HathiTrust Digital Library. With many unique collections, the OSU Library began the process in 2016 to digitize materials for inclusion in HathiTrust to make them globally available.

Pre-statehood materials for Oklahoma were identified, cataloged and processed, and scanned and uploaded using HathiTrust's specifications for inclusion in the database. Each page of a document is created as a file in both JPG and TXT formats. There are 35 volumes in OSU's pre-statehood collection that will be exclusive additions to HathiTrust.

Legislation to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

The Congressional Budget Office released their report on H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017." CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation staff estimate that enacting the legislation - which would repeal or modify many provisions of the Affordable Care Act - would reduce federal deficits, but leave 14 million more people uninsured in 2018 than under the current law.

Federal Budget Released

The Office of Management and Budget released the federal budget for FY18, titled, A New Foundation for American Greatness. The OSU Library will receive paper copies in the next few weeks.

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.