Archive | September 2010

Congressional Elections : OpenSecrets.Org

“Here’s the place for head-to-head comparisons of the candidates in every U.S. House and Senate race this year. Just select the state or district to view race ratings, demographic information or the incumbent’s voting record from the New York Times. You can also select campaign finance information from, allowing you to compare the candidates by the size and source of their contributions, the industries and interest groups that supported them, where the money came from geographically, and much more.”–From the Web site.

The Innocence Record

“The Innocence Record is a collection and collation of available public documents concerning the nearly 300 persons who have been wrongfully convicted and later exonerated through DNA evidence. The circumstances of each exoneree’s wrongful conviction is profiled on the site, along with information concerning the court proceedings and participants. The available and collected public records, as well as case abstracts summarizing key information from those documents are available for the first time in searchable form over the World Wide Web.”–From the Web site.   A searchable database.

Digital Collections : U. S. National Library of Medicine

Digital Collections is the National Library of Medicine’s free online archive of biomedical books and videos. All the content in Digital Collections is in the public domain and freely available worldwide. Digital Collections provides unique access to NLM’s rich, historical resources.”–from the Web site.

Database of Megachurches in the U. S.

The Hartford Institute For Religion Research offers this searchable database of megachurches in the United States.   There is a link to a definition of a megachurch on the web site.

FCC License View

“The Federal Communications Commission today launched FCC License View, a tool designed to make FCC license management information more transparent and accessible to a broad range of users. FCC License View is the latest release by the agency’s Data Innovation Initiative, a long-term effort aimed at reforming the collection, use, and dissemination of FCC data.

With this new tool, users from across private and public sectors can digest complex licensing information through a simple and easy-to-use online dashboard. FCC License View lets users digest snapshots of FCC license management data that are at the core of the agency’s mission. At launch, FCC License View lets users explore over 3 million total licenses, 2 million of which are active. FCC License View is available now at”- -From the website.

Indian Health Service – OSCAR Database

“The Indian Health Service (IHS) is creating an inventory of Best (i.e., Evidence-Based) Practice, Promising Practice, Local Effort (BP/PP/LE), Resources, and Policies occurring among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, schools, work sites, health centers/clinics, and hospitals.

The purpose of this inventory is to:

  • Assist our AI/AN communities with getting the information and health services they need;
  • Form an IHS database of Best Practices, Promising Practices, Local Efforts, Resources, and Policies that can be easily accessed on the IHS website;
  • Improve informed consultation with Tribal and Urban programs by facilitating transparency in IHS and IHS supported activities; and,
  • Highlight the great work that occurs in the field. “–From the Website.

You can search the database and also submit content electronically.

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants To Animals Database

“This list contains plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Please note that the information contained in our plant lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or our 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.”–From the website.   This is from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.  You can search by common or scientific name.

State of the Internet In Europe

Many interesting statistics here, including the statistic showing that Europe as a whole has twice as many Internet users as the United States.

The Business of Football, 2010

These are Forbes’ articles on the business of professional football teams, including the valuation and rankings of NFL teams nd the list of highest paid NFL players.   The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable team, being worth $1.8 billion.  Peyton Manning is highest paid player, set to earn $15.8 million for the 2010 season.

Call The Copyright Office Toll-Free 1-877-476-0778

The U.  S. Copyright Office now has a toll-free number, 1-877-476-0778, and when you call you have several options that will allow you to request publications or get recorded information; to get technical support for online registration; or to talk to an Information Specialist about copyright or registration requirements.