University of Miami: Placement of Florida foster children mapped. “Robert Latham did something no one else has done. The associate director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic built an interactive website mapping the placements of every single child who passed through Florida’s Department of Children and Families since 2002. When the former senior program attorney for the Guardian ad Litem program requested the information from DCF in 2017, he was not quite prepared for the deluge of information. The spreadsheet contained almost 300,000 records, 77.8 million data points, and included children in foster care going back into the 1980s.”
BusinessWire: New Online Mapping Tool Reveals 500 Million Square Feet of Public Land Potentially Usable for Affordable Housing (PRESS RELEASE). “A new online tool, launched yesterday by the University of Miami with support from Citi, reveals roughly 500 million square feet – roughly the size of Manhattan – of underutilized, publicly owned land in Miami-Dade potentially suitable for the development of affordable housing.” This is only one area, of course, but what an interesting idea.
University of Miami: Saying Goodbye to Soldiers . “Regardless the exact history, our nation’s most sacred and solemn day centers on the notion of bidding ‘goodbye’ to soldiers, of remembering and honoring those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. University Libraries Special Collections is currently at work to digitalize and archive a cache of videos for its own ‘goodbye’ to soldiers project, a component of Oral History Collections. For the project, Libraries partnered with Warmamas, a nonprofit founded in Coral Gables, to document the stories of mothers whose sons and daughters are leaving for war, deployed to war zones especially in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Southwest Asia countries. Most of these soldiers have returned, but others have not, or have returned traumatized by their experience.”
DPLA: Sunshine State Digital Network Brings Florida’s Collections to DPLA. “We are pleased to announce that over 74,000 new materials from Florida’s Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN) are now discoverable in DPLA. Please join us in welcoming SSDN partners Florida State University, University of Miami, and Florida International University to the DPLA network.”
University of Miami: Eastern Airlines Archive Lands at UM. “This black-and-white photographic print, although undated and without a formal description, helps set a tone for how significant the aviation industry was to the development of South Florida. The print is just one of many items in the 440 linear feet of materials in the Eastern Airlines Archive, which was recently donated by the Eastern Airlines Retirees Association to the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections.”
In development: a digital archive for Pan Am. “University of Miami Special Collections is gearing up for a project to put over 100,000 items in the Pan Am archive online thanks to a digitization grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).”
Interesting idea: the University of Miami has recently launched a database of alumni -owned and -operated businesses in Florida. “The community can use the interactive database to browse hundreds of businesses by region, industry, or alphabetical listing.”