SF Gate: Wyoming lawmakers approve database showing high health costs. “Wyoming lawmakers have voted to approve the continued use of a database tracking insurance claims to provide insight into the cost of health care in the state. The Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee approved a bill to continue the multi-payer claims database, despite not having a funding source.”
Wyoming Public Media: State Auditor’s Transparency Website Goes Live. “Wyoming State Auditor Kristi Racines has launched a new website detailing how Wyoming spends most of its money. The website… went live earlier this month. The site’s data includes transactions from 2016 to the present, and is searchable by agency, vendor, location and other categories.”
Colorado Virtual Library: Plains to Peaks Collective Shares Historic Collections from Colorado and Wyoming with the Digital Public Library of America
Colorado Virtual Library: Plains to Peaks Collective Shares Historic Collections from Colorado and Wyoming with the Digital Public Library of America. “The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the DPLA, is a collaboration between the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library that brings together descriptive information about collection material held by our libraries, archives, and museums, and makes it freely available to the world. Through the PPC institutions can now share their unique digital collections with a wider national audience of avid researchers, genealogists, students, teachers and history buffs. It is our hope that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.”
Billings Gazette: 1.6 million pages of history later, Billings Gazette is digitized . “Quite possibly the single largest local history publication happened in the past month as more than 1.6 million pages of the Billings Gazette and its related publications were digitized through a partnership project with Newspapers.com.” This archive, as you may have guessed, is not free.
University of Wyoming: Successful Wyoming Atlas Project Launches Digital Version for Wyoming’s K-12 Schools
University of Wyoming: Successful Wyoming Atlas Project Launches Digital Version for Wyoming’s K-12 Schools. “The digital version, like the hard copy, is produced by three UW programs — the Department of Geography, the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) and the Wyoming Geographic Alliance. The digital 55-page atlas includes more than 100 full-color, interactive maps, along with numerous charts, tables and photographs. The School of Energy Resources provided the funding. The digital student atlas is targeted to students in Wyoming grades 4-8. The previous hard-copy version was targeted to school libraries; elementary and junior high classrooms where geography is taught as part of the curriculum; and county libraries and their associated branches.” I know the headline says “for Wyoming’s K-12 Schools,” but I was able to access it without issue.
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.”
The state of Wyoming has launched a new administrative rules Web site. “The rules database offers word search capability for current, proposed and past rules. In order to track rule development more closely, any member of the public may subscribe to receive notifications of emergency, proposed, and final rules. These new online services eliminate the paper-based delivery system for rules used in the past. All administrative rules are searchable online and immediately available for viewing by anyone on this website maintained by the Secretary of State’s Office.”
The state of Wyoming has put its business filings online. “Businesses and organizations in Wyoming can now file forms with the Secretary of State’s Office electronically, the office announced Monday. In addition, business filings like articles of incorporation and annual reports are now in a searchable database the public can access. The changes are expected to save businesses, organizations and state workers time compared to the old paper-based system.”
Now available: an “photo book” of insects in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. You can learn more about the GYE here; it covers parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. “The website, Insects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, currently features close-up images showcasing the bright colors, delicate features and habitats of regional butterflies and moths, beetles, flies, bees, wasps, ants, sawflies, grasshoppers and other types of insects. Scientific names of the insects are listed, as is brief information about the insects’ anatomy, behavior and habitat.” Brief is the word; the site is focused mostly on the images, which are spectacular.
Wyoming has become the latest state to launch a mapping application showing its infrastructure. “The mapping application allows government officials, energy firms, researchers and the public to use and analyze a variety of data that is maintained by state and federal agencies. This includes the ability to map out pipelines, oil and gas wells, and protected wildlife habit sites and migration areas.”
The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center has created a Liz Byrd archive. “Wyoming residents can now access online hundreds of photos and documents relating to the life of Liz Byrd, the first African-American woman to serve in the state Legislature. The materials include baby pictures dating back to the 1920s, photos of campaign materials from the 1980s and images from Byrd’s teaching and political careers, among many other documents.”
A new tool is available to provide data about oil and gas in Wyoming. “The University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) is making available to the public a new Interactive Data Platform (IDP), a Web-based, interactive mapping application designed to expedite access to publicly available oil and gas data for Wyoming….The IDP allows users to display and identify information using an interactive map. End users can selectively display the available layers in the legend, zoom, pan and identify features. In addition to the navigation tools, the IDP contains query tools that allow end users to search by location, field name and/or geologic formation. Additionally, the IDP allows users to extract information in multiple formats (tabular formats, text, etc.) and in different file formats such as shapefiles.”