ODDS AND ENDS : DECEMBER 1995

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Adminstration on Aging Web Page
Agricultural Statistics 1994
AgDB
All Things Political
BosniaLink
Bosnia or Dayton Peace Agreement
Business & Economics Numeric Data
Canadian Statistics
Capital Watch Online
Census Bureau, Detroit Office
Census Bureau Workshops
Census & Demographic Information
County Business Patterns
Democracy Place USA
Documents in the News
Evaluating Docs Ref Service
U.S. Dept. of Education Home Page
How to Access EBBs
Europe's Environment
European Union Web Resources
FBIS
FCC Common Carrier Bureau
U.S. Federal Courts Finder
Glass Ceiling Commission Final Report
Government Technology magazine
GOVPUB Discussion List
Human Radiation Experiments
Index to Leading Economic Indicators
IGO Information on the Web
MI-CASHE Scholarship Service
MiChamberNet
Mich. Office of Services to the Aging
Mich. Dept. of Education Grants Info
Mich. Dept. of Environmental Quality
Mich. Environmental Science Board
Mich. Governor's Office News Releases
Mich. Information Center Home Page
Mich. Dept. of Mental Health
Mich. Dept. of Transportation
Michigan Senate Home Page
Michigan Travel Bureau Home Page
Military Specifications and Standards
Bureau of Mines Closing
Monthly Catalog Changes Format
NASA Publications Migrating
National Center for Research Resources
National Performance Review
OMB Circulars and Bulletins
President Nixon's Library in the News
DPL Offers Expanded Patent Services
Wacky Patent of the Month
World's Smallest Political Quiz
READEX Home Page
Reinventing America Game
Salary Relocation Calculator
U.S. Senate Web Site
State and Local Govt. Info on the Web
SIC Manual Online
Statistical Abstract Expands
Schankman's Statistical Home Pages
Superintendent of Documents Web Page
United States Postal Service Home Page
Vet Connections
Vietnam Memorial Wall
World Tables
X-Files Update

The Administration on Aging within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now has a Web page. It contains information about AoA and its programs, information about resources for practitioners, statistical information on the aging, and information for consumers (older persons and their families) including how to obtain services and electronic booklets on aging related issues. It also includes a link to AoA's National Aging Information Center and extensive links to other aging related Web resources. Source: Internic Scout Report, November 17, 1995.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has made the full text of "Agricultural Statistics 1994" available via its Web site. Agricultural Statistics is an annual compendium of data (and selected charts) relating to all aspects of the U.S. agricultural economy. Subject coverage includes all major crop and livestock sectors, farm income and credit, stabilization and price support, agricultural conservation and forestry statistics, and fertilizers and pesticides, among others. Tables include both state and national breakdowns, and most national tables include between two and ten year time series. The book is available as one large Adobe Acrobat .PDF file (about 5 megabytes), so you'll need a fast connection to get it. You'll also need a free Acrobat Reader, which can be obtained at the same page. Acrobat allows selective searching for specific tables, as well as selective printing of those tables. Source: Internic Scout Report, December 8, 1995.

The National Agricultural Library has debuted its Directory of Agriculture-Related Databases, Datasets, and Information Systems, otherwise known as AgDB. AgDB presents a collection of metadata records that describe agriculture-related information systems available through various means, including: Internet, online services, CD-ROM, and even diskette and 9-track tape. The full-text of the metadata records is keyword searchable. For Internet-based systems, links to the actual resource are included within the metadata record. AgDB is a prototype project of the Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC) initiative. Comments and suggestions for new sites to be included are invited: agnic@nal.usda.gov. Source: Internic Scout Report, October 13, 1995.

All Things Political : An Alternative Look at Washington from a Citizens Perspective. A Service of the Washington Weekly. Sections include: What's New in Politics, Presidential Primaries, Political Speeches, Political Discussion, Political Scandals, People's Court, Opinion Polls (allowing you to participate), and Links to Other Political Information Sites. Should be of interest to government documents librarians since it covers government and political issues.

BosniaLINK is the official Department of Defense information system about U.S. military activities in Operation "Joint Endeavor", the U.S.-NATO peacekeeping operation that is about about to send 60,000 troops to the Balkans. All information in BosniaLINK is publicly released information from the U.S. government or NATO headquarters. BosniaLINK contains operation maps, fact sheets, news releases, biographies of key commanders and leaders, and transcripts of briefings, speeches and testimony. It is also hyperlinked to the NATO and State Department information services. BosniaLink can also be used to send E-mail greetings to the soldiers serving in Bosnia. Source: Internic Scout Report, December 8, 1995; Detroit Free Press, December 8, 1995, p.5A; Detroit Free Press, December 20, 1995, p.4A.

The full text of the recent Bosnia Peace Treaty of November 22, 1995 is available at the following sites: (1) PeaceNet: Gopher to gopher.igc.apc.org and then follow the path: PeaceNet; Balkans/Ex-Yugoslavia; Dayton Peace Treaty (22 Nov 95). (2) Dayton Peace Agreement via the U.S. State Department: Dept. of State Foreign Affairs Network (DOSFAN). Source: Internic Scout Report, December 8, 1995.

If you are interested in Canadian statistics, then you should be interested in The Daily, the official electronic newsletter produced by Statistics Canada. In addition to providing highlights of newly released data with source information for more detailed facts, it contains weekly and monthly schedules of upcoming major news releases and announces new non-print products and new services as well as links to statistical sites in the various provinces, other countries, and other organizations. To subscribe to The Daily on the Internet, send an e-mail to listproc@statcan.ca. Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the message, type subscribe daily firstname lastname. The Official Release Unit also produces Infomat, a weekly review of Canadian economic and social trends (not available electronically). You can subscribe by sending an E-mail toorder@statcan.ca or by calling toll free 1-800-267-6677.

Capitol Watch On Line offers content on what's going on in the nations capital daily. A dozen or more headline stories plus a special interests section and links to the Federal News Service and other government sites. "Live chat with candidates and the leaders of our nation" is promised to be coming in 2 weeks. Source: Internic Scout Report, December 15, 1995.

The Detroit Office of the U.S. Bureau of the Census now offers a Home Page including a Contacts and Who's Who section; an Ask the Experts section; a list of upcoming Workshop Announcements; Job Opportunities; and a population clock.

Librarians, researchers, block club presidents and anyone who needs to know who lives where can take advantage of a series of workshops on demographics offered from time to time by the Detroit Office of the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The workshops are free and take place at 1395 Brewery Park Blvd. in Detroit. Upcoming sessions include : Demographic Statistics for Proposal Writing, January 23; Electronic Data Products and the Internet, Feb. 6 and Feb. 27, and Marketing Research, March 12. To preregister or to obtain more information, send an e-mail to (DetroitIsp@ccmail.census.gov) or telephone 1-313-259-1875, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

County Business Patterns, 1977-1993, including data aggregated at the 2 digit SIC code level for all counties/county equivalents, states, and the nation as a whole, are now available over the world wide web courtesy of the University of Virginia Social Sciences Data Center (SSDC). Source: Patrick M. Yott, (pmy2n@virginia.edu), Alderman Library, University of Virginia, GOVDOC-L, December 15, 1995.

As voters voice disaffection with the political process, some charities are trying to get them more involved via the Internet. Funded by a $175,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Soundprint Media Center has developed "Democracy Place USA", a world wide web site modeled after a typical small town. At the "Town Square", users find the issue of the week, with links to related print, radio, and television stories. The "Barber Shop" features the most recent opinion polls. And at the "Cafe" votes can converse online about the latest issues. Source : The Chronicle of Philanthropy, December 14, 1995, p.38.

The University of Michigan Government Documents center provides a Documents in the News Home Page. Taken from official sources, this page has full text documents on such subjects as Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, Bosnia, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Ebola Virus, the United Nations Conference on Women, the G7 Summit, term limits, and the Unabomber, among many others. Source: Internic Scout Report, December 22, 1995.

Evaluating Documents Reference Service and the Implications for Improvement is the title of an article by June D. Parker in the January/February 1996 issue of Journal of Government Information (pp.49-70). Using the Wisconsin-Ohio Reference Evaluation Program developed by Charles A. Bunge and Marjorie Murfin, the Government Documents Department of the Joyner Library at East Carolina University evaluated its reference services during the spring of 1994. By tabulating staff and users' responses to questions about individual reference transactions, the program measures effectiveness in answering questions and shows factors that lead to success. Factors considered are types of staff, subject and difficulty of the question, whether the staff directed or searched, time spent, types and numbers of sources used, how busy staff were, existence of cataloging or technical problems, and amount learned during a transaction. A copy of the survey instrument is included.

The U.S. Department of Education's new & improved World Wide Web home page has been thoroughly redesigned with many new features and extensive additional information which is searchable by keyword. Searchable document collections include legislation and Education's gopher and Web sites. Other links lead to Money Matters, Publications & Products, Programs & Services, and People & Offices. A "Picks of the Month" section highlights quality educational sites -- this month they include the AskERIC Virtual Library, the Student Guide to Financial Aid, and the National Institute on the Education of At-Risk Students. Source: Internic Scout Report, September 22, 1995.

A new edition of Bruce Maxwell's How to Access the Government's Electronic Bulletin Boards: Washington Online has been published by Congressional Quarterly Books. The 391-page book contains detailed descriptions of more than 220 BBSs operated by federal agencies, departments, and courts. More than 65 of these BBSs are new in this edition. Cost $22.95; call 1-800-638-1710. Source: Bruce Maxwell (bmaxwell@netcom.com), GOVDOC-L, December 11, 1995.

Europe's Environment : The Dobris Assessment is the most detailed and comprehensive review available on the state of the environment in Europe and one of the most impressive international documents ever seen by Debbi Schaubman from Michigan State University. The report covers 46 countries -- from Portugal in the west to the Urals in the east, and from Iceland in the north to Malta in the south -- and is based on data from a wide range of sources, including UNECE, UNEP, OECD, Council of Europe, IUCN, and WHO. Lavishly illustrated with color pictures and graphs, clearly structured, and easy to use despite its size (712pages). ISBN : 92-826-5409-5. Available for sale from UNIPUB; telephone : (800) 274-4888.

The University of California-Berkeley Library's Government and Social Science Information Service (GSSI) has developed two Web sites relating to European Union (EU) information : European Union Internet Resources which provides a list of EU servers including those related to Information and R & D Activities, an EU FAQ and other University EU links and GSSI Research Guide on The European Union, a bibliography of over 35 information sources held by GSSI, including resources on directories, current information, statistics, indexes, bibliographies, legislation, and subject reports. While there are no hypertext links to most of these resources, the guide is still an excellent starting point for EU information. Source: Andrea Sevetson, GOVDOC-L, November 21, 1995; Internic Scout Report, December 1, 1995.

The Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate wireline telecommunications services. The Bureau pages provide user-friendly access to recently-released items, as well as information about the Bureau and descriptions of current proceedings. Visitors can browse FCC factsheets, read the Frequently Asked Questions list, or get information about "hot topics" such as ISDN pricing, unauthorized changes of long-distance carriers ("slamming"), and the exhaustion of 800 numbers. Within the next few weeks, separate pages will be added for each Division within the Bureau, providing additional information about current issues. See also the main FCC Web page. Source: Internic Scout Report, September 22, 1995.

If you are interested in finding federal court opinions, the U.S. Federal Courts Finder is a good place to start. Maintained at Emory University, the map-based "front page" indicates each federal district by number and color. At present, opinions are available for 2nd-7th, and 9th-11th Circuits. Text links are also provided for those without graphics capabilities. Coverage varies by circuit. Although there appears to be no cross circuit search mechanism, this is still a great repository for federal opinions, and will become more valuable as it grows. The site also contains Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court opinions. Source: Internic Scout Report, November 17, 1995.

The Foreign Broadcast Information Service [FBIS] is now available for a fee through the FEDWORLD home page. Subscription plans vary depending on the number of users and the duration of the subscription. For example, for $21 [Order #SUB-9856BDQ], a single user can obtain unlimited online searching for a period of seven days. For $50 per month [Order #PB95-985700BDQ], an individual can receive unlimited online searching renewed automatically. To receive the order form and additional information, telephone NTIS Fax Direct Service at (703)-487-4142. When prompted, enter Product Code 8645. Source : John Pike, Federation of American Scientists, (johnpike@fas.org), GOVDOC-L, December 11, 1995.

The Glass Ceiling Commission, in its final act, issued 12 recommendations for business and government to eliminate barriers that keep minorities and women out of the executive suite. The final report, A SOLID Investment : Making Use of the Nation's Human Capital (52 pages), is available on the Internet from the Catherwood Library, School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Cornell University. Paper copies will be available in December from the U.S. Government Printing Office (202) 512-1800. Microfiche and paper copies will be available from the National Technical Information Service (703) 487-4650. The report also illustrates the role that libraries can play in gathering and disseminating government information over the Internet. Source : Stuart Basefsky , GOVDOC-L, November 29, 1995.

Government Technology is a monthly magazine that provides brief articles on how governments at all different levels are using computer technology to solve problems. Public Sector professionals can apply for a free subscription by writing to : Subscription Manager, Government Technology, 9719 Lincoln Village Dr., Ste. 500, Sacramento, CA 95827-9818. Source: Ben Amata, California State University, Sacramento, GOVDOC-L, November 21, 1995.

GOVPUB is a discussion list devoted to the practical and policy issues related to providing local and state government information on the Internet. This list is intended for agency professional and technical staff involved in making public information available on online, but anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to join the list. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@VM1.NODAK.EDU; In the body of the message type : SUBSCRIBE GOVPUB yourfirstname yourlastname. Source: Internic Scout Report, November 17, 1995.

An Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments Web Site is now available for those interested in researching how our government exposed civilians and soldiers to radiation in the fifties and sixties before the danger of such experiments was known. LPS will be distributing the Final Report, Executive Summary and four additional volumes of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments under the PR 42.8: SuDocs classification number. Source: Laurie Beyer Hall, Depository Administration Branch, staf3dab@access.digex.net, GOVDOC-L, October 12,1995.

The Index of Leading Economic Indicators, disseminated monthly by the Commerce Department since 1969, will be compiled and distributed by the Conference Board starting in December 1995. Continued public dissemination of the index through the media was a stipulation of the government's award; however, the composition of the index and the weighting assigned each measure of economic performance will undoubtedly change. The $500,000 a year the Commerce Department spent on the index of leading economic indicators will be diverted to improving other statistical measures such as the Gross Domestic Product. Source: Susan Wheeler, GOVDOC-L, October 20, 1995.

"Spanning the Globe : Inter-governmental Organization (IGO) Information on the Internet" is the name of a new article by Bruce Harley appearing in the December 1995 issue of Database. Source : Janet Lee, Regis University, COGOPUB-L, December 5, 1995.

The MiChamberNet : the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Home Page. Contains a lot of government and political news which should be of interest to government documents librarians. Sections include: What's New in Lansing, Bill Analyses, Legislative Alerts and Testimonies, Legislative Directory, Michigan Forward (electronic magazine), and separate Newletters on Environment, Health and Human Resources, and Tax Issues.

The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging now has its own Home Page, offering a News and Current Events section covering Washington and federal register highlights as well as an extensive Michigan Senior Resource Directory including information from 25 different directories of governmental agencies, human service agencies, legal service agencies, and associations.

Need help identifying scholarship opportunities for college? The Michigan Department of Education is advertising its Mi-Cashe Scholarship Service on its Home Page. The service requires that the applicant fill out a pretty extensive form and submit $15 to pay for an online computer search. If you can't access the world wide web, call 1-517-335-1790 for more information.

Looking for grants for your school district? The Michigan Department of Education offers additional Grants and Financial Info including the latest copy of Reports of Grants Available and Related Links to additional web sites.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the newest state agency, now has its own Home Page providing information about the agency, news releases, calendar of activities, etc.

The Michigan Environmental Science Board, an independent and autonomous entity within the Department of Management and Budget, established by the Governor to provide sound scientific advice to the Governor and state agencies, regarding matters affecting the protection and management of the state's environment and natural resources. Contains information about the board and electronic copies of its publications.

The Michigan Governor's Office now offers Executive Office News Releases covering the latest information concerning new appointments or other special initiatives. Some releases are highlighted as "hot", such as the ones announcing "Governor Engler Signs Telecommunications Bill" or "Governor Engler Elected Chairman of Republican Governors' Association".

The Michigan Information Center Home Page now contains STF1 and STF3 demographic data for Townships and Cities (added 11/3/95) and Census Designated Places (added 11/28/95) in addition to state and county totals. There is also county level data from the 1992 Economic Censuses (including Retail Trade, Wholesale Trade, and Service Industries info); 1992 County Business Patterns data; a collection of narrative summaries of economic information derived from 1993 BEA data called "Bearfacts" covering the state, msas, and counties; and a slick report with graphics called a "Demographic Profile of Older Michiganians". And finally, this rapidly expanding Home Page also contains a Michigan State Data Center Participating Agencies Directory, including local affiliate agencies.

The Michigan Department of Mental Health now has its own Home Page, including a directory of state operated hospitals and centers; a community mental health board directory and map; a calendar of events; and news briefs.

The Michigan Department of Transportation now has its own Home Page, including practical headquarters and district directory information as well as more popular motorist information such as construction reports, bridge toll information, ferry schedules, welcome center locations, etc.

The Michigan Senate Home Page is now available over the World Wide Web. For related article, see Documents News From Around the State.

The Michigan Travel Bureau has launched a new Home Page to promote tourism in Michigan. It divides the state into five regions and provides information about each area, including upcoming activities. It even features current weather conditions for every city, plus four-day forecasts. Additional web links are provided for cities with their own home pages (Cadillac, Gaylord, Harbor Springs, Boyne and Boyne City, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, and Frankenmuth for example); otherwise the Travel Bureau provides basic information such as location, current weather, activities, and attractions.

The Defense Printing Service Detachment Office (DPSDO) Philadelphia Home Page currently allows users to order Military Specifications and Standards and related documents online from the Department of Defense Single Stock Point for Specifications and Standards (DoDSSP), and automatically establishes DoDSSP accounts for new users. Current users can link to the ASSIST database, a management and research tool which indexes Military Specifications and Standards and related documents. Later this year, users will be able to search portions of the ASSIST database on the DPSDO Philadelphia Home Page using the WAIS search/retrieval system. In the longer term, DPSDO will offer electronic delivery of military specifications and standards. Source: Claire Tozier, e-mail : ctozier@dtic.dla.mil, GOVDOC-L, July 17,1995.

According to the December 4, 1995 Washington Post, the Bureau of Mines has been given 90 days to shut down. All funding has been cancelled. On January 8, all 1,200 employees will be given their last paycheck. The article goes on to say, "The swift demise of the Bureau of Mines reflects the chaos and political pressures of this year's budgetary wars, which last month led to an unprecedented week-long shutdown of the government. The decision to do away with the bureau also underscored how vulnerable agencies can be, even those that beleive they have earned a secure niche in the bureaucracy." Source: Carol Singer, (csinger@nalusda.gov), National Agricultural Library, GOVDOC-L, December 4, 1995.

For the first time since the summer of 1976, the Monthly Catalog will undergo a radical change in appearance. Starting with the January 1996 issue, the abridged paper version will contain minimal data in each record; records will include OCLC numbers and be accessible via a single key word index. Page counts should drop from the usual 780 pages or so per issue to approximately 200 pages. Subscription prices will also drop, from $234 to $65 per year. Some depository libraries are opting for the CD-ROM edition of the Monthly Catalog. The Periodicals supplement, which previously appeared as a separate paper issue of the Monthly Catalog, will now appear only in the CD-ROM edition. Each issue of the CD-ROM version of the Monthly Catalog will cumulate. A subscription to the CD-ROM versions will cost $245. Source: GOVDOC-L, December 19, 1995.

According to the Nov. 1995 issue of STI Bulletin, STAR and other NASA titles such as Issues of Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Medicine and Biology, Nasa Tech Briefs, and Spinoff are moving to electronic format only as of January 1, 1996. To find them, take a look at the NASA STI Program Home Page. Source : Mary Moran, The Univ. of Memphis, McWherter Library, (mapepin@dewey.lib.memphis.edu), GOVDOC-L, December 7, 1995.

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a project of the National Institutes of Health, has created a web page providing information about their programs and how to access their research resources. It also includes several on-line directories to readily identify the array of research resource facilities, biomaterials, and models available to biomedical investigators across the country. In addition, it provides links to the homepages of many NCRR supported resources, which in turn, lead to other sources of valuable information relevant to the biomedical research community. Source : Internic Scout Report, November 10, 1995.

The National Performance Review, Vice President Gore's Task Force on Reinventing Government, has released its second annual update report, Common Sense Government: Works Better & Costs Less. Internet users may access the report via the World Wide Web, gopher, or email. Gopher access provides both ASCII and Adobe pdf files of the report. For instructions on how to receive this and other NPR reports via email: send an e-mail message to almanac@ace.esusda.gov. In the body of the message type: send npr catalog. The print report may also be purchased for $16.00 at Government Printing Office bookstores or from the Government Printing Office directly. Call 202-512-1800, and cite stock number 040-000-00662-1 when ordering. The print report will also be distributed to all federal depository libraries. Source : Internic Scout Report, September 22, 1995.

Nixon and Mao? Nixon and Ike? Nixon and JFK? The first duo you see upon entering the gift shop at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace is the famous 1970 image of Richard M. Nixon shaking hands with a bloated, bleary-eyes Elvis Presley in the Oval Office on a t-shirt, captioned the President and the King. You can purchase it for $14.50 and help support the library which does not receive governmental funds. Would Nixon be offended if he was alive? Probably not, according to Marvin Kalb, who wrote a recent book "The Nixon Memo". Source: "Nixon's Library Not Afraid to Sell Gag Gifts to Raise Cash", Lansing State Journal, November 23,1995, p.6F.

For the latest Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars and bulletins in HTML format, check out a new section of the White House World Wide Web site. These and additional OMB resources are also available via FinanceNet's OMB page. Source: Preston Rich (brich@nsf.gov), "New on FinanceNet in November", GOVDOC-L, December 11, 1995.

DPL Test Site for Expanded Patent Services. In order to expand the range of products and services offered at Patent and Trademark Office Depository Libraries (PTDLs), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has established a trial business partnership with libraries located in Sunnyvale, California, and Detroit, Michigan. These partner PTDLs offer the following expanded products and services: (1) online access to Automated Patent System's Text Search (APS-Text) and to Classified Search and Image Retrieval (APS-CSIR), (2) Video Conferencing capability between patent examiners at USPTO and current and potential applicants, and (3) electronic ordering of patent documents. Source: Electronic Public Information Newsletter, November 17, 1995, p.171.

If you want to take a look at some of the more eccentric patents that have been filed throughout the years, take a peak at the Wacky Patent of the Month Home Page. Recommended for patent librarians and others who have had one patent question too many. Michael J. Colitz Jr., a patent attorney and creator of this home page, also offers tips and helpful advice for the inventor if you are so inclined. Source: Internet World, January 1996, p. 98.

Can't decide whether you're a libertarian or conservative? The Advocates for Self-Government Inc. have designed the World's Smallest Political Quiz to help you figure out your position. Just answer the questions, hit the Submit button, and receive an analysis of your political ideologies based on your total score. Source: Internet World, January 1996, p.98.

Project Vote Smart is the place to go for the latest news about who's running for the Presidency in 1996. Candidate information includes biographies, contact information, and Web site information (when the candidate has a Web site). Source: Internic Scout Report, November 17, 1995.

READEX, a division of NewsBank, Inc., has developed a Home Page on the world wide web, including descriptions of their International and Government Documents Collections. In specific, there are descriptions of the following product lines : British Parlimentary Papers, FBIS Daily Reports, United Nations Documents and Publications, UNDP Project Reports, and U.S. Government Documents and Publications. Source: Peter Van Leeuwen, e-mail : pvanleeu@readex.com, GOVDOC-L, October 10, 1995.

The John and Mary R. Markle Foundation in New York is using technology to see if voters can accomplish what the President and Congress have been unable to do so far : agree on a budget. The foundation has paid Crossover Technologies to create a "Reinventing America Game" available over the web. The object of the game is to complete a budget within six months. Participants select a political party, or "Action Group". Their choices range from the "Common-Sense League" to "America Arise!" Each week they vote on budget issues such as national-service grants or food-stamp cuts. There are position papers on each issue, a newsletter with voting results, and a weekly electronic discussion group. Source : The Chronicle of Philanthropy, December 14, 1995, p.38.

Documents librarians contemplating a change in employment often need help in determining whether their standard of living in a new location will equal that of their current location. To compare one city versus another electronically, take a quick trip to the World Wide Web's Salary Relocation Calculator. Enter your current income and location, followed by the city to which you're planning to move. Click on the Calculate button, wait a few seconds, and presto! You'll see how much income you'll need to earn in our new locale to match your current take-home pay. Data used by the relocation calculator comes from the Center for Mobility Resources, an executive relocation service. Source: Internet World, December 1995, p.112.

The United States Senate Web Site is available at last. There are generic web pages for all Senators (with biographies, committee assignments) and all Senate and Joint Committees (with jurisdiction). Links are being made to the constituent web sites being maintained by individuals and committees. Source: Grace York, University of Michigan, GOVDOC-L, October 24, 1995.

State and Local Government Information on the Net " : a home page offering a frequently-updated directory of links to government sponsored and controlled resources on the Internet. Check it out!

"Gateways to State and Local Government Information on the Internet" is the name of a new article by Bruce Maxwell appearing in the December 1995 issue of Database. Source: Janet Lee, Regis University, COGOPUB-L, December 5, 1995.

SIC Manual via the World Wide Web. The OSHA Home Page allows the user to search the 1987 version of the SIC manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 4-digit SIC, and to examine the manual structure. Currently, a search takes approximately 20-40 seconds. Source: Mary Moran, Lib. Asst., The University of Memphis, McWherter Library (mapepin@dewey.lib.memphis.edu), GOVDOC-L, December 11, 1995.

For the first time ever, the 1995 Statistical Abstract of the United States now contains a special Trends and Forecasts section taken from the U.S. Industrial Outlook, including 92 additional tables covering construction, textiles, chemicals and allied products, production, machinery, aerospace, shipbuilding and repair, printing and publishing, computer equipment, and more. The Statistical Abstract has also expanded its coverage of areas where the Census Bureau has eliminated paper reports, such as the current industrial and government reports. At the rate things are being eliminated, the Statistical Abstract may become a multivolume compendium of essential data! Source: Clare Beck (lib_beck@emuvax.emich.edu), GOVDOC-L, December 11, 1995.

An enlarged print edition of the 1995 Statistical Abstract of the United States with easy-to-read 8 1/2 x 11 inch format, bigger tables, larger type, a sturdy Smyth-sewn binding, and heavier, acid-free paper is available from Bernan for $32. Call 1-800-274-4447 for more information.

Congratulations and thanks to Larry Schankman from Mansfield University (PA) for pulling together information about as well as web links to various government statistic sources. Take a look at Census and Demographic Information and Business and Economics Numeric Data.

The Superintendent of Documents Web Page will soon contain an electronic listing of government publications on the Internet. According to Maggie Parhamovich, Joe Paskoski of the Electronic Transition Staff is working on finding appropriate titles and their URLs. A separate announcement will be distributed when the list is activated. Source: Maggie Parhamovich Farrell, Internet Specialist, Library Programs Service, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20401; telephone: (202) 512-1698; e-mail: mparhamo@eids16.eids.gpo.gov; fax: (202) 512-1432; via GOVDOC-L, November 14, 1995.

The United States Postal Service Home Page offers current information about postal developments, both in the U.S. and abroad, including information about new stamp releases, ZIP+4 codes, as well as historical information.

The Internet, perhaps the world's largest lost and found department, now features a site where military veterans can reconnect with long-lost buddies. Take a look at Veterans Archive. Select Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marines, then scan the listings for vets who have registered with the database. Each record includes the person's name, e-mail address, and, in many cases, a telephone number. Information about where each vet was stationed is noted as well. You can even add our own name and information. Source: Internet World, December 1995, p.116.

For a complete list of names listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., check out the Vietnam Veterans Home Page, by Chris Shephard, Platton Guide. Source: Andrea Sevetson, e-mail : asevetso@library.berkeley.edu, GOVDOC-L, October 10, 1995.

World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators, 1950-1992, containing 244 indicators for 189 countries, is now available over the world wide web courtesy of the University of Virginia Social Sciences Data Center (SSDC). Source : Patrick M. Yott, Alderman Library, University of Virginia, GOVDOC-L, December 15, 1995.

Another X-Files Update. The Department of the Air Force has recently released The Roswell Report : Fact vs Fiction in the New Mexico Desert (D301.82/7:R73) to help answer the questions of an inquiring public. The publication duplicates the information provided to the Secretary of the Air Force and to the General Accounting Office. It was written as a result of Colonel Weaver's and Lieutenant McAndrew's efforts to locate the records that explain the events of July 1947 leading to what is now popularly know as the Roswell Incident.

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