Government Information: United States
Submitted by jrjacobs@stanfo... on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 14:13.
On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote and participate in the political process! Most states ratified right away; but 10 states held out. Georgia and Louisiana didn't get around to ratifying until 1970(!).
And in memory of that momentous occasion, don't forget to check out what libraries have to offer. You'll find lots of books, images and more at the sites below:
[Thanks Debra Bowen (@CASOSvote)]
Submitted by jrjacobs@stanfo... on Thu, 08/05/2010 - 14:15.
Our friends at Sunlight Labs have done it again! They just released a tool called PoliGraft. Paste the url of a news story or blog post into the tool (or better yet, install their handy bookmarklet in your browser's tool bar!) and the tool analyzes the story, mines it for names, corporations etc and quickly spits out the interconnections between the people, organizations and relationships contributions associated with the story. The data mined by the tool is provided by the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute for Money in State Politics.
For example, here's a NY Times article about Elena Kagan's confirmation to the US Supreme Court and here's the PoliGraft results including the original text and the report on aggregated contributions and points of influence of the many politicians named in the NYT story. A very cool tool indeed!
(note: originally posted on Free Government Information)
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Thu, 06/17/2010 - 13:32.
The Stanford-based LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) consortium, already consisting of more than 200 college and university libraries, has a new member as of this past Monday: the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). The GPO "provides publishing & dissemination services for the official & authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, & the American public," and it has centralized its publications as much as possible in its Federal Digital System. If a server were to go down however, there would be a big problem getting access to the vast amounts of digital content. LOCKSS will serve as preservation archive for just such an emergency. It also serves to maintain transparency and to prevent content from being changed without anyone knowing about it.
You can read more about this initiative in the Stanford News Service story.
Submitted by jrjacobs@stanfo... on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 13:23.
(Cross-posted on Free Government Information)
In an article entitled "In Supreme Court Work, Early Views of Kagan" Charlie Savage at the NY Times has just released a ton(!) of memos written by SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan during her time as a young law clerk working for Justice Thurgood Marshall at the Supreme Court.
The latest release with more than 46,500 pages re: SCOTUS Nominee, Elena Kagan, are now available on The Clinton Library Web Site.
You Can Access the Individual Files Here (Found in 74 Boxes)
[Thanks for the heads-up Gary Price at ResourceShelf!]