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Dec. 2nd marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the EPA. A special area of the EPA website has been set up at http://www.epa.gov/40th/ to help celebrate this milestone. Visitors to the site can watch videos and browse photos covering events and achievements taking place over the 40-year period.
After working for the past five years on developing an address standard for the U.S., the Federal Geographic Data Committee is closing in on finalizing their work. By the end of this year, they expect to release the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard. For those interested in a preview, a draft of the standard can be downloaded in a zip file on the FGDC website at this URL:
The CDC recently released statistics for 2008 related to fluoridation of community drinking water supplies. You can find the report at this URL: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/statistics/2008stats.htm
While fluoridation of drinking water can be a controversial subject, many community water supplies add this chemical to prevent tooth decay. The data reports that 62.4% of the U.S. population receives fluoridated water.
Interested in publishing your government data online? The UK has released a CKAN module to be used on Drupal-based Websites (Drupal is used to publish the Public Works Group site). This module allows sites to publish data in a manner similar to the UK's CKAN site. You can read more about it and download the module at this URL: http://data.gov.uk/blog/datagovuk-releases-open-source-code
We've added a new feature to the site - a Public Works Daily News publication offering links to stories, blogs, video, and any other online content related to public works: http://www.publicworksgroup.com/dailynews. This feature was possible thanks to John F. Moore who posted information about the service on a LinkedIn group.
The USDOT is asking for input on their Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 at the DOT Strategic Plan site. The widget below showcases random suggestions from people commenting on the site. Make sure you stop over and vote the ideas up or down or add your own idea to the growing list:
UPDATE: The Ideascale site is no longer functioning - for more info about the USDOT's Strategic Plan visit their site at: http://www.dot.gov/open/plan/
Each year Ready.gov offers information and resources for local agencies to pass onto their residents and businesses. This year their site offers a widget that agencies can place on their own sites. Below is an example of this widget and here is the link to get your own: http://ready.adcouncil.org/beprepared/widget.html
Although I have participated in several mixed reality events, on Thurs., June 10, 2010, I will be trying to host one and manage the technology side. If all goes well, you should be able to watch the live stream of the event tomorrow from 8 am to 3 pm CST.
The following is a newsletter just released from the GSA focusing on Government Collaboration:
The Underwriters Laboratories has a water conservation tool on their Website to help people determine how much water they use each day. The tool also offers tips on how to conserve water. You can access their "Save Your Water" page here: http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/industries/waterandfood/water/saveyourwater/