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American Community Survey- Latest Release

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The US Census Bureau conducts an official census every 10 years, with the next one coming up in March 2010.  In between years the Bureau conducts a variety of smaller-scale nationwide surveys, including the American Community Survey (ACS).  The ACS is sent to approximately 3 million households.  The most recent 3 year estimates based on […]

In Obama’s words

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The Washington Post has a very useful site up for anyone interested in reading/watching President Obama’s key speeches.  It provides a free database of speeches – the transcribed text as well as video clips of the speech being delivered whenever possible.  You can search for speeches by keyword, click on an issue-based tag or browse […]

American Community Survey Data 2006 – 2008

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

The US Census Bureau has just released new data: “on a wide range of socioeconomic, housing and demographic characteristics for communities across the nation, part of an ongoing statistical portrait of America. Among dozens of topics covered in the survey are educational attainment, commute times, housing characteristics, occupation, language ability and various other social, economic […]

Report: Hospital beds could run out in 15 states if 35% of Americans get H1N1

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Read the news story from Docuticker and the full report is from Trust for American’s Health.

Reminder: Cyber Cemetery

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

In case, like me, you’ve forgotten all about the Cyber Cemetary here’s a reminder of what it is and what it does: “The CyberCemetery is an archive of (US)  government websites that have ceased operation (usually websites of defunct government agencies and commissions that have issued a final report). This collection features a variety of […]

New apps for US Government data

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Sunlight Labs – “a non-profit, non partisan Washington, DC based organization focused on digitization of government data” has been running a contest to identify the top three websites offering applications that provide “easy access and understanding for the public” to US government data/information.  They all make it just a bit easier to access high quality […]

Search the US Federal Register

Friday, September 4th, 2009

“The Federal Register is the official journal of the federal government of the United States. In it, you’ll find any kind of proposal, notification, or solicitation for data that a federal agency puts out.”  It includes Presidential documents – including Executive Orders; current and proposed Rules & Regulations; and Notices. The Register is currently available […]

Research Database on the US Voting System

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization with a special focus on “science, engineering and innovation.”  It also publishes the journal Science.  AAAS has just launched a new database which has the lofty goal of providing fundamental information about “the accuracy, reliability and security of voting technologies, election […]

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Here’s another one-stop statistics search tool – this time from the Executive Branch of the US Federal Government.  “… increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the […]

US Presidential Documents

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Back in January 2009, the weekly compilation of US Presidential Documents morphed into a daily compilation.  It’s available from GPO access at:  The current database includes all materials from the weekly compilation dating back to 1993. “It includes such material as: Proclamations Executive orders Speeches Press conferences Communications to Congress and Federal agencies Statements […]

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