Texas Monitor: New tracking tool shows Texas Republican congressmen among big spenders

Texas Monitor: New tracking tool shows Texas Republican congressmen among big spenders. “The nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending, which created the website, gets its totals from Congressional Budget Office estimates. The tracker uses the up-or-down votes by members of the U.S. House and Senate on spending-related legislation, aggregating the spending contained in each bill for each member who votes yes. That provides a figure for each D.C. lawmaker.”

Cornell: Law Library database makes more legal scholarship available

Cornell: Law Library database makes more legal scholarship available. “The Cornell Law Library is partnering in the development and management of LawArXiv, a new online database of legal scholarship that aims to make important research more widely available to scholars, legal researchers and the public. LawArXiv is a free, open access repository for legal scholarship, maintained and owned by legal scholars and law librarians.”

Furman Center Launches New Floodplain Data Tool

Furman Center, NYU: Introducing FloodzoneData.us, Presenting Data on the People and Housing in the U.S. Floodplain. “FloodzoneData.us is a new data tool presented by the NYU Furman Center describing the people and housing located in the nation’s floodplains. The interactive map and data downloads make information available at the state, county, and Census tract levels…. The NYU Furman Center’s FloodzoneData.us combines housing and population data with FEMA maps of the 100-year floodplain (the term for areas with a one percent probability of flooding each year) and the 500-year floodplain (areas with a 0.2 percent probability of flooding each year).”

Library of Congress: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online

Library of Congress: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online . “The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000. The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900. The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s. By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.”

Google Blog: Make your own data gifs with our new too [probably “tool”]

Google Blog: Make your own data gifs with our new too. Yes, it says “too”. I’m sure it’s a typo and “tool” was meant. “Data visualizations are an essential storytelling tool in journalism, and though they are often intricate, they don’t have to be complex. In fact, with the growth of mobile devices as a primary method of consuming news, data visualizations can be simple images formatted for the device they appear on. Enter data gifs.”

Bangor Daily News (Maine): WPA Cemetery Plans Online!

Bangor Daily News (Maine): WPA Cemetery Plans Online!. “Many Maine cemeteries have plans originally created courtesy of the Works Progress Administration, which reside at the Maine State Archives. Thanks to that staff and the folks who work on Digital Maine, all 543 of those images may be seen at the touch of a button or two!”

Yale News: Crowd-sourced project to build Yale theater history database

Yale News: Crowd-sourced project to build Yale theater history database. “Ensemble @ Yale is a crowd-sourced project to create a database of Yale theater history. Modeled on the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) crowd-sourced endeavor to transcribe data from its collections of historical theater programs, the project invites people to browse through digital images of Yale programs and mark and transcribe various data, such as the titles of plays, production dates, the directors, and the names of cast and crew members.”