Government 2.0: Utilizing Government Information in the Classroom


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UCO FEC Day 2009 presentation. Here is an overview of some government sources you can use in your classrooms for student and faculty research and information finding.

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  • Some of this 93% are digital only. However, not everything has been digitized though, a lot of historic/statistical information is still in print. Some examples are statistics pre-1993, and selected Congressional Reports. However, the gap is closing. The Obama Administration has made government transparency an agenda item and wants federal agencies to be crucial elements in achieving this goal. An example of this is It’s not the greatest, but it is at least a beginning. With that in mind, it’s more than just the Census. While they were one of the first to open the way for web government research, other agencies have followed by making their data easily accessible for everyone. And it has gotten easier! As you well know, the federal government is not well know for the clearest of communication. However, a group of volunteers across various federal agencies have banded together for with the website Here, they provide information on how to make government information easily accessible and clearly communicated with plain language instead of normal jargon and bureaucracy. Some of the tools we’ll talk about today are based on federated searching. Unlike Google where you get surface web results, federating searching focuses on digging through the fan pages to the deep web where the richest content can be found. In one query, you can perform one search across several databases for the most information.
  • Well, this can help you and your students because the federal government funds research and information collection for pretty much any field you can think of. With the examples today, your students will be able to provide relevant, authoritative research for your assignments, rather than taking the first option from Google, which may or may not be reliable. A lot of the questions we get are for statistical information so I will show you some tools in finding statistics.Additionally, some of the resources I’ll show you today have options where you can embed them into your online class pages. And everything I am showing you today supplements our library subscriptions, so while we may not be able to afford the large databases, government information can provide authoritative research materials for your students.
  • All of the tools here can be accessed from These supplement our coverage in science technology information. OSTI history has evolved through the years since its early days with the Manhattan Project thru the Atomic Energy Commission and Energy Research and Development to all forms of energy research today.A few of their showcase items are…Science Accelerator: The main place to start if you aren’t sure where to start your research. Data Explorer, and Info Bridge are 2 of the 10 resources this searches. Focuses mainly on Department of Energy research. Info Bridge: the first search engine from OSTI made available to the FDLP. This supplements the AEC microfiche distributed to the FDLP libraries. Over 200k documents in full text(1991-forward), and this number climbs every day. They have an option for sponsoring legacy documents so they can be digitized. (cutie pie search)Data Explorer: a fairly new offering from DOE. This provides raw data from DOE studies for researchers to conduct their own studies. Let’s look at Science Accelerator that way you can get an idea of how to use this tool.Also, here is the link to the widget so you can embed this search on your class webpages. Students can use this tool for their research without having to navigate away. World Wide Science: Federation of national science portals in a variety of fields. Currently over 60 countries are participating searching over 50 databases. Provides the most current findings in a variety of fields including energy, medicine, agriculture, the environment, and basic science. is the US contribution to this site. Resources in represent 97% of the entire federal research and development budget. Searches 38 databases and 1950 websites, equating to about 200 million full text documents. Not limited to DOE materials, but also EPA, NASA, NSF, etc. Don’t find what you are looking for? You can set up an RSS feed or an e-mail alert for just your topic.
  • The NIH has a vast amount of resources to aid both consumers and researchers in finding up to date, authoritative medical information. Registry of federal and private supported trials in the US and worldwide. Some of the trials do not have studies results available, and some are just a call for participants, but there is a substantial amount of trails with results here that you can use, similar to DOE Data Explorer. CDC Widgets: The CDC, even more than OSTI, is all over Web 2.0. They have recently released data and statistic widgets that you can embed on your class sites. They have several to choose from and the embed process is quite easy. In continuing with plain language, they are also into CDC for you where there are links to all their resources via topics. NLM Gateway: another dive into federated searching from the National Library of Medicine searching Medline, Medline Plus, Pub Med, Clinical Trials, Toxline, and the NLM catalog just to name a few databases it searches. Again with the plain language, there are the meta sites springing up across the federal government. These are a few for health. Women’s and Girls address over 800 topics related to women and girl health.
  • Office of Management and Budget. This has links from data feeds from a variety of government sources for everyone to reuse in their own applications and web sites. This is about 109k right now. Fun side part of this site is where all of the money goes. FdSys: legislative documents, again federated searching so you don’t have to go to each individual than Google.
  • Government 2.0: Utilizing Government Information in the Classroom

    1. 1. GOVERNMENT 2.0: UTILIZING        GOVERNMENT RESOURCES IN THE CLASSROOM<br />Dana Jackson<br />Government Documents Coordinator<br />
    2. 2. Why Government 2.0?<br />93% of all current government information is online.<br />Openness and Transparency in Government<br />It’s more than just the Census. <br />It’s gotten easier!!!<br />Plain Language<br />Federated Searching<br />
    3. 3. So, how can this help you?<br />
    4. 4. A Few Examples… <br />Science and Technology<br />Health<br />General Tools<br />
    5. 5. Science and Technology <br /><br />Science Accelerator (Information Bridge and Data Explorer) <br />World Wide Science<br /><br />
    6. 6. Health Resources<br />National Institutes of Health<br /> /CDC Widgets<br />NLM Gateway<br />Meta Sites<br /><br /><br /><br />
    7. 7. Sources for All Classes<br />Statistic Sources<br /><br />UCO Gov Docs Stats Sources<br />Browse Topics<br />FDSys<br /><br />
    8. 8. Questions?<br />Dana Jackson<br /><br />Ext. 5156<br /><br /><br />