Blogs

E-Government Tool Reviews: American FactFinder

The American FactFinder website, maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau, “is the primary way to access data” from more than 100 annual surveys and censuses. There are four main avenues for discovering Census information on the American FactFinder website: Community Facts, Guided Search, Advanced Search, and the Download Center.

E-Government Tool Reviews: FDsys

FDsys serves as a content management system housing electronic information from all three branches of the federal government, operating in at least three distinct ways: as a modern information management system, offering a wide variety of federal government publications; as a preservation repository, providing preservation and access to digital Government content; and an advance searched engine, containing extensive metadata.

E-Government Tool Reviews: TOXMAP

The National Library of Medicine’s TOXMAP gathers data from the EPA Toxic Release Inventory, the EPA Superfund National Priorities List, and Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory and places reported releases and Superfund sites, as well as details on the chemicals involved in each release or decontamination effort and the amount of hazardous substance released in a given year at each site on an interactive map.

Website Reviews: The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is “dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources” and makes satellite-recorded information freely available to the public through its website.

E-Government Tool Reviews: HRSA Data Warehouse

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is responsible for improving access to health care for the nation's poor and underserved, while delivering funding and support to medical professionals who
care for those affected communities. More than just a repository for the agency's data, the HRSA Data Warehouse (HDW) allows visitors to explore and use a wide range of health data through interactive, customizable tools such as charts and maps.

Website Reviews: U.S. Bureau of Land Management - Utah

With almost half of Utah under the management of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), it is imperative that information concerning the resources, programs, and plans of Utah’s public lands are available and accessible to those who are interested. The BLM’s official website, BLM.gov, links to a website dedicated to BLM-Utah.

Website Reviews: Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park's website is organized for a variety of users, organized by sub-topic in a static toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. Interestingly, these target audiences reflect the internal organization of the National Park Service as well, with visitors (including photographers and teachers), natural resources, cultural resources, and management tools all given individual sub-pages.

Website Reviews: Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania's National Military Park's website contains a plethora of information for visitors, educators, and researchers. Much of the information is historical in nature, but there are also pages detailing the location's natural resources. The site is not just geared toward those planning a visit to the park. It includes a virtual tour and photo gallery for those who cannot visit in person, and resources for teachers who can access suggested readings and links to other online resources.

Website Reviews: Veterans Benefits Administration

The Veterans Benefits Administration, an organizational element of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is responsible for administering the Department’s programs that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Veterans in connection with the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetery Administration.

App Reviews: PTSD Coach

In order to address the growing trend of military personnel and veterans experiencing PTSD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with the VA’s National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology created the PTSD Coach application as a tool to help sufferers cope with the effects of the disorder. According to the description in the Google Play store, the purpose of the app is to provide “users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD."

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