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November 12, 2009

New Publications Received at the Nebraska Library Commission

Entry Categories: State Documents   State Documents  

Click here to see a list of publications received 10/16/09-11/06/09.


November 16, 2009

Baby Boomers

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The Census Bureau has released "Selected Characteristics of Baby Boomers 42 to 60 Years Old in 2006"

In 2006, the majority of Baby Boomers:

reported race as White and ethnicity as non-Hispanic
are currently married
reported having some college or higher
are currently employed and working


November 18, 2009

Entry Categories: News LogoWouldn't it be cool if someone created a one-stop-shopping portal for all
U.S. Government data? Just think of it: data from every department in the federal government available through one web site in a variety of common formats for sorting, downloading, and manipulating. Well, stop dreaming, because it's being developed right now and is located at The official goal of this ambitious project is "to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications). strives to make government more transparent and is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. The openness derived from will strengthen our Nation's democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."

I first heard about “” when I read an article in Wired Magazine about the nation's first Chief Information Officer (CIO), Vivek Kundra, who is the architect of this initiative ( According to Mr. Kundra, "The default setting for the U.S. Government should not be that everything should be secret and closed.  The default setting for the U.S. Government should be that it's open."  Launched in May of this year with just 47 datasets, the site already has almost 600 such records in the "raw" data catalog, including results of the Public Library Survey from FY1992 through FY2006. The plan is to continue adding more datasets on a regular basis as agencies submit them and to respond to user requests for new collections of data to be added.  This project holds great promise not only for librarians and other research professionals, but also for citizens who want to know how their government is performing.

And what about state governments?  They, too are ready to join the effort to make government information more accessible.  The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has agreed to collaborate with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the  Federal CIO, and the General Services Administration (GSA) to make state datasets available, using as a model( California, Utah, and the District of Columbia have already established their own state data portals, so you can see how such a project might look (

reposted from the NCompass Blog posting by John Felton



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