GPO Federal Digital System Hits One Billion Retrievals

fdsysThe U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) has achieved the milestone of one billion document retrievals. FDsys is a one-stop site for authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. Retrievals are measured by the number of times content is viewed or downloaded from FDsys. The one billionth document retrieved on FDsys was a Federal Register notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The most retrieved item on FDsys is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), with more than 14 million retrievals since the law was passed in March 2010.

FDsys offers free public access to nearly one million searchable titles, and that number continues to grow every day. Examples of content found on FDsys include: the Warren Commission Report, the post-President Kennedy’s assassination tape recordings, President Nixon’s Watergate grand jury testimony, the 9/11 Commission Report, the Congressional Record, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and congressional bills, hearings, and reports. GPO is continually adding content and working with agencies on new collection opportunities.

Source: US Government Printing Office (GPO) Apr 8, 2014

Climate Data Website Launched

new_yorkLast week the White House announced the launch of the Climate Data Initiative.

Stemming from the President’s Climate Action Plan, this ambitious new effort brings together open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven tools that communities across America need in order to plan for the impacts of climate change.

Climate.data.gov will provide resources to help companies, communities, and citizens understand and prepare for the impacts of coastal flooding and sea level rise. Over time, this community will expand to include more datasets, web services, and tools; it will also cover other themes such as the vulnerability of the food supply and the threats to human health from climate change.

March is Women’s History Month

Women History Month logoThe theme this year for Women’s History Month is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, and honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. This year’s Honorees represent a wide-range of occupations and accomplishments.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, every President has issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation was issued earlier this month.

Naval Historical Collection on WWII Released

P40929-11.jpgThe Naval War College recently released the World War II diary of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, online as part of its Naval Historical Collection.

The 4,000-page “Gray Book” contains communications that started just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and continues until August 31, 1945, two days before Nimitz accepted Japan’s formal surrender on his flagship, the USS Missouri.

According to Robert Cressman, a historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command, the diary is a must-read for anyone seeking a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous naval campaigns in history. “You’re getting the whole picture, from the South Pacific to the Aleutians, and picking up on the progress of the war….You’re getting a fly-on-the-wall approach to how decisions were made and how the war was fought.”

The release of the Gray Book was set to coincide with the 129th birthday of Adm. Nimitz.

Congress App for Mobile Devices

congressAre you interested in keeping tabs on Congress? If so, try out the free Congress app from the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, that allows you to quickly get the latest information from Washington.

This app allows you to
• Find lawmakers in Congress, call them directly and connect with them on social media
• Discover new and active legislation
• Explore legislators for your location and others on an interactive map
• Follow bills and legislators for quick access and updates
• Review a legislator’s latest votes and bill sponsorships
• See bill activity with vote breakdowns
• Get directions to a legislator’s D.C. office
• Committee listings for House and Senate
• View scheduled committee hearings and add them to your calendar

The app is free and available for both Adroid and IOS.

Pulp Fiction and Mary Poppins

cinema_iconBoth of these movies are among the 25 films included in the 2013 entries into the National Film Registry. Also included are other well known films such as The Right Stuff, Judgment at Nuremberg, Roger and Me, and the Magnificent Seven.

The National Film Registry stands among the finest summations of more than a century of extraordinary American cinema,” said Librarian of Congress, James Billington.

Spanning the period 1919-2002, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, silent films, independent and experimental motion pictures. This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 625, a small part of the Library’s vast moving-image collection of 1.2 million items.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The films must be at least 10 years old. The Librarian makes the annual registry selections after reviewing hundreds of titles nominated by the public and conferring with Library film curators and the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB).

Go to the NFPB’s website and make your own nominations for next year’s list.

Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey Win Award

150px-PresMedalFreedomFifty years ago, President Kennedy signed an Executive Order establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the Nation’s highest civilian honor. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.

This year’s recipients include former Pres. Bill Clinton, women’s activist Gloria Steinem, country singer Loretta Lynn as well as media star, Oprah Winfrey. The award was posthumously awarded to former Sen. Daniel Inouye, astronaut Sally Ride, and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

Click here for a complete listing of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award recipients.

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