New Economy Resources 2016

New Economy Resources 2016 represents the latest World Wide Web resources for discovering new knowledge and understanding the latest happenings with regards to the New Economy. The world is rapidly changing as transparency, big data and the ability to access data from new and now accessible databases becomes a reality!

Understanding the required new economy analytics, resources and alerts will give you the necessary tools to maintain your current position, improve your position and or discover the new knowledge required to be the leader in your profession.

American Economic Alert – Trade News and Opinions was founded by the U.S. Business and Industry Council Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research and educational organization dedicated to improving the American people’s awareness of critical public policy issues in such diverse fields as trade, taxation, education, health care, foreign relations, defense, and national security, among others. USBICEF is affiliated with the U.S. Business and Industry Council, a 501(c)(6) non-profit business association. The U.S. Business and Industry Council is a national organization of business owners and executives dedicated to making the U.S. domestic economy the world’s leading engine of economic growth. The USBIC Educational Foundation is its research arm. Only a robust national economy, balanced in capabilities and dynamic in operation, can provide the material base for an American society that is stable at home and secure in the world.

Ask America
Features include: a) Browse issues that interest them, at a national and state level, via an array of colored tiles arranged in a wheel-like pattern. Each color represents a particular topic of interest/relevance to current events and political debate; b) Select issues by “spinning” the issue wheel to select various issue tiles from the list, thereby interacting with polls and other users on each issue; c) Read the latest news about these issues; d) Take opinion polls related to each issue, and see how other users feel about the issues; e) Leave comments supporting their choice or advocating their position to others; and f) Share information about issues and their comments to various social networks

BankTracker – Investigating Reporting Workshop
The unprecedented bet that many banks made on mortgages, real estate development and other real estate-related lending during the middle part of this decade has produced a payoff no one imagined just a few years ago — a huge increase in loan defaults, a soaring number of foreclosures and a plunge in bank profits. And now, an analysis of bank financial statements by the Investigative Reporting Workshop and, sheds new light on just how dangerous conditions have become in many banks across the nation. The analysis is based on reports every bank is required to file each quarter with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the federal agency that protects deposits and is part of the bank regulatory system. The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a project of the School of Communication at American University, intends to address this fundamental issue for democracy in two important ways: a) By conducting significant investigative journalism projects on a national and international scale; and b) By researching and experimenting with new models for creating and delivering investigative projects.

Beige Book – Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District
Commonly known as the Beige Book, this report is published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige Book summarizes this information by District and sector. An overall summary of the twelve district reports is prepared by a designated Federal Reserve Bank on a rotating basis.

Benton Foundation – Using Technology and Innovation To Address Our Nation’s Critical Challenges
The mission of the Benton Foundation is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. The Benton Foundation works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy. They pursue this mission by seeking policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity, and by demonstrating the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all.

beSpacific – Accurate, Focused Research On Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery
Blog by Sabrina I. Pacifici published since August 2002 providing accurate, focused research, highlighting primary government documents. Updated daily, it hosts a searchable database of over 31,000 postings on topics including: the financial system, e-government, federal legislation, tech litigation, government documents, international law, privacy, cybercrime and ID theft, KM, legal research, and civil liberties. beSpacific was recognized as the Best Law Librarian Blog of 2011 and 2005, Best Overall Legal Blog of 2004, the Best Legal Support Blog of 2005, and was the recipient of the 2006 AALL/West Thomson Excellence in Marketing Award for Best Use of Technology. A must daily read for latest law and technology news.

Bringing the Rural Poor Into the Digital Economy
A rural Arkansas case study of a pilot project from a non-profit called SamaUSA, the American arm of Samasource, an international organization that aims to teach digital skills to people lacking access to traditional employment routes

Building the 21st century digital government
18F is a team of top-notch designers, developers, and product specialists inside the General Services Administration, headquartered at 18 and F streets in Washington, D.C. 18F is a civic consultancy for the government, inside the government, enabling agencies to rapidly deploy tools and services that are easy to operate, cost efficient, and reusable. “Delivery is the strategy”.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) U.S. Department of Commerce
BEA strives to provide the most timely, relevant and accurate economic data to you, their users, to help promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy. These reliable and consistent measures of economic activity are essential to the informed decision making of policymakers, business leaders and every American household. The success of their statistical programs, in large part, is determined by the trust in the quality of their data. As one of the world’s leading statistical agencies, they are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of the economy. To help keep you informed on a number of non-statistical issues, their Director’s Page provides a number of useful pieces of information. The 5-year BEA Strategic Plan is available for your review as well as a report card of their successes in meeting the over 200 annual milestones in the Plan. Information on the President’s current budget request for BEA also is available. Congressional testimony related to BEA and its statistical programs will be included to keep you current on important topics being considered by Congress. Finally, other important reports and information can be found to keep you informed on ongoing activities and plans at BEA.

Business Dynamics Statistics, BDS
The new Business Dynamics Statistics are a product of the Center for Economic Studies of the U.S. Census Bureau. The annual series describes establishment-level business dynamics along dimensions absent from similar databases including firm age and firm size. The new data series provides researchers with a tool to gain insight into the dynamics of a changing economy. Business Dynamics Statistics are created from the Longitudinal Business Database (LBD), a confidential database available to researchers throughout the network of Census Research Data Centers. The BDS was developed by the U.S. Census Bureau, and partially funded by the Kauffman Foundation. The BDS is unique in that its source data are longitudinal in nature and permit tracking establishments and firms over time. The public use files are created in an effort to make these data accessible to a broad range of data users. Other efforts currently under way include the creation of a fully synthetic microdata file based on the LBD. The BDS series provides annual statistics for 1976-2005 by firm age and firm size. Annual files are also provided at the state level, for Standard Industrial Classification sectors and for the economy as a whole.

Business Intelligence Resources Subject TracerTM Information Blog
Business Intelligence Resources Subject TracerTM Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest business intelligence resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.

By The People
Discover the most powerful way to connect with your legislators today. Download the free app, tell Congress how you feel on any issue, and see how your vote stacks up to theirs. By The People is non-partisan and unbiased service that brings greater transparency and accountability to our representative form of government.

Capitol Words – Explore and Compare What Congress Says
Capitol Words explores the most popular words and phrases used by legislators in the U.S. Congress. Search the data from 1996 to today by state, date or politician.

Census Bureau Economic Indicators
A overall view of the latest economic indicators presented by the Census Bureau along with Economic Indicator Calendar and Census Bureau Economic Programs.

Census Bureau Economic Statistics
A overall view of the latest economic stats presented by the Census Bureau. Census Bureau Economic Statistics…

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, they should be informed about the problems and choices that they face. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies. The public education portion of CEPR’s mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. An informed public should be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States and around the world.

ChangeTracker – Tracking Change In Washington
ChangeTracker, an experimental new tool that watches pages on a), b) and c) so you don’t have to. When the White House adds or deletes anything— say a blog post, or executive order … ChangeTracker will let you know. The latest changes are on their page or sign up to get alerts sent to you. Each change links to a page that shows the different versions side-by-side. Text highlighted in red means it was removed, green means it was added.

Checklist for digital inclusion
From government digital service UK. Topics covered include but not limited to: How can we foster and promote innovation within digital inclusion? Bring digital into people’s lives in a way that benefits them; helping them do things they care about and can only do online.

City and County data by state
This is a description of an API call calling government big data. It is a geographic names (geonames) dataset. The API is RESTful.

CitySourced – Mobile Civic Engagement Platform
CitySourced is a real time mobile civic engagement platform. CitySourced provides a free, simple, and intuitive platform empowering residents to identify civic issues (public safety, quality of life, & environmental issues, etc.) and report them to city hall for quick resolution; an opportunity for government to use technology to save time and money plus improve accountability to those they govern; and a positive, collaborative platform for real action. A picture tells a thousand works and CitySourced makes it snap.

ClearSpending – Making Sense of the Federal Checkbook
They have taken data from other federal reporting systems and compared it with the data found in across three categories: Consistency, Completeness and Timeliness. How close are the reported dollar amounts to the yearly estimates? How many of the required fields are filled out in each record? And how long did it take the agency to report the money once it was allocated to a project?

Collaborative Economy Library
The Collaborative Economy Library Curates the highest-quality research being done on the collaborative economy every week
. The collaborative economy encompasses a broad range of businesses and business models. They define it as an economic system of decentralized networks and marketplaces that unlock the value of underused assets by matching needs and haves, in ways that bypass traditional institutional middlemen. The Library was developed and curated by collaborative economy experts Rachel Botsman, Pieter van de Glind and Mia de Villa. It was made possible with the generous support of Oxford University Said Business School Pedagogic

Collaborative Economy: Get Data and Stats
Lots of data about collaborative economy.
The beta version of the site contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972). is in an initial beta phase with plans to transform the Library of Congress’s existing congressional information system into a modern, durable and user-friendly resource. Eventually, it will incorporate all of the information available on (To compare the scope of legislative information on versus the scope of legislative information on the beta

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports Repositories
Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a “think tank” that provides research reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. However, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, nor are they released to the public via the Federal Library Depository Program (FDLP). There are several organizations that collect and give access to subsets of published CRS Reports. This collection attempts to bring all CRS Reports together in one place.

Conscious Capitalism
Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of Capitalism – voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation. – Comprehensive List of Open Data Catalogs Curated By Experts From Around the World aims to be the most comprehensive list of open data catalogs in the world. It is curated by a group of leading open data experts from around the world – including representatives from local, regional and national governments, international organisations such as the World Bank, and numerous NGOs. The alpha version of was launched at OKCon 2011 in Berlin. They have plenty of useful improvements and features in the pipeline, which will be launched over the coming months. Currently 249 registered data catalogs are available – Home of U.S. Government’s Open Data
The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Although the initial launch of provides a limited portion of the rich variety of Federal datasets presently available, they invite you to actively participate in shaping the future of by suggesting additional datasets and site enhancements to provide seamless access and use of your Federal data. includes a searchable data catalog that includes access to data in two ways: through the “raw” data catalog and using tools. As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama’s administration, increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Federal, Executive Branch data are included in the first version of US Economic datasets are available from These are “big data” federal.

DataMasher – State Data – Mash It
How do the States Compare? Mash up some government data to find out! The Federal Government produces an immeasurable amount of data each day. DataMasher helps citizens with that data by creating mashups to visualize them in different ways and see how states compare on important issues. Users can combine different data sets in interesting ways and create their own custom rankings of the states.

Debategraph – The Global Debate Map
Debategraph helps groups collaborate in thinking through complex issues by building and sharing interactive maps of domains of knowledge from multiple perspectives. Their public service goal is to make the best arguments on all sides of any public debate freely available to all and continuously open to challenge and improvement by all. Debategraph is a wwiki debate visualization tool that lets you: a) map the strongest case on any issue that matters to you; b) openly engage and learn from opposing views in a transparent, multi-perspective dialogue; c) create and reshape maps of the conversation as it develops, make new points, rate and filter the arguments; d) keep track of the maps via email and RSS feeds; and, e) share and embed the maps around the web.

Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2016

DemocracyMap – Database of Government Jurisdictions/Entities, Their Websites, and Elected Officials Contact Information
Plan and build a universal, free, open, shared and continuously updated database of government jurisdictions/entities, their websites, and over time add elected official contact information. In the United States there are approximately 30,000 government jurisdictions. There is no official database of the websites tied to each jurisdiction be it a city, school district, or some relatively obscure special district. Business.Gov, an effort of the Small Business Administration, recently released an API with 8,000 or so city and county websites raising interest across many organizations in how to to cover ALL government organizations. Once collecting and maintaining a directory of all government jurisdiction web addresses and a way to find your jurisdiction by entering a street address or by using a map is addressed, then deepening data collection to elected officials and all government owned or funded websites will be explored.

Digital Life – Our Inevitable Digital Future – a 2007 article
A writeup covering Linden Labs creation Second Life, a simulation game. Though not entirely all of our lives are going to be digital in the future, this could be an interesting read.

Digital Policy Engagement Campaign – Best practices checklist
Digital policy engagement campaigns should be strategic, well planned and sustained. Digital policy engagement is applicable to any government, contemplating egovernment, and not just UK Government Digital Services (GDS). The idea is based on several sub ideas that explore what digital can do better and what digital can do best. What digital can do better/best is also available in physical format for those who are not digital yet or do not have access to digital government services. So we need to include “inclusiveness of non digital stakeholders” in this checklist. Its not just digital policy engagement we are after, we are after stakeholder engagement, not digital for digital sake.

Digital Services playbook of the office of the CIO, Government of the United States
It’s a e-governance best practices handbook. a playbook of 13 key “plays” drawn from successful practices from the private sector and government that, if followed together, will help government build effective digital services.

Docket Wrench – Uncover Influence and Similarities in Federal Regulatory Comments
Docket Wrench enables investigations into the rulemaking process of federal agencies with tracking of similar public comments and entity matching for a complete picture of their influence across millions of documents.

Do the spreading use of Robots threaten US jobs? And consequently, the US Economy?
Contains lines like “There is a consequence to a growing robot workforce. Everything gets really cheap.”

“First, robots and AI are not nearly as powerful and sophisticated as I think people are starting to fear. Second, even when robots and AI are far more powerful, there will still be many things that people can do that robots and AI can’t. Third, when automation is abundant and cheap, human experiences become rare and valuable. It flows from our nature as human beings. Fourth, just as most of us today have jobs that weren’t even invented 100 years ago, the same will be true 100 years from now”. Taking into account these four points elaborated, Marc Andreesseen of Mosaic/Netscape fame argues that he doesn’t believe robots are a threat to any economy, let alone US Economy.

Econbrowser – Analysis of Current Economic Conditions and Policy
The Econbrowser analyses current economic conditions and policies and is written by James D. Hamilton, Professor of Economics at the University of California, SanDiego; and Menzie Chinn, Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Economic and Financial Crisis Resources
This guide is a comprehensive resource to the current economic and financial crisis from the Mississippi State University Library LibGuide.

Economic Indicators of the United States
GDP, Unemployment Rate, Inflation, Balance of Trade, etc. are available from this webpage. Lots of similar data of other countries also available.

Economics – contemporary questions answered
How the gold standard works? What is a business cycle? and other economics-oriented questions needing answers.

Economics Search Engine
ESE uses a beta version of Google Custom Search Engine to search over 23,000 economics websites and utilizes yolink to mine results and retrieve actionable, keyword-rich content. Results can saved to Google Docs, bookmarked or shared via major social networks. Each site is certified by RFE, which is run by economists from RePec Author Services and EDIRC. – Largest Online Economics Community in the World is the largest online economics community in the world. Every month, close to one million users come to the site, read their newsletters, come to their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Since their beginnings as a small portal in 1999, they have become a trusted reference source, cited by everyone from the World Bank to the Economics Network of academics in the UK, and from the BBC to the Huffington Post. On, you will find a comprehensive mix of news, analysis, reference, articles, data, charts and tools. These have been provided both by their core team, by freelance contributors, and by members of our extended community

Education Resources search interface provided by ERIC Institute of Education Sciences
ERIC was founded on May 15, 1964. It is primarily a search interface to educational and academic published journal articles and research papers. Anything with DOI can be indexed. The list of currently approved journals can be found at: and the approved list of non-journal sources can be found at Example you can search for: “political science” in this interface. Or search for “information quality”. Or search for “elearning”. – Your Global Financial Search Engine – Your Global Search Engine for Financial Resources searches 74+ selected financial meta search engines over the Internet and is powered by Google. It has been created by Internet expert and guru Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. and utilized the sources and resources of the Subject TracerTM Information Blogs of the Virtual Private Library.

eGovernment Interest Group (eGov IG)
The mission of the eGovernment Interest Group (eGov IG) is to explore how to improve access to government through better use of the Web and achieve better government transparency using open Web standards at any government level (local, state, national and multi-national). The eGov IG is designed as a forum to support researchers, developers, solution providers, and users of government services that use the Web as the delivery channel, and enable broader collaboration across eGov practitioners.

eGovMon – Methodology and Software for Quality Evaluation of eGovernment Web Services [Archived Project]
The eGovMon project developed methodology and software for quality evaluation of web services, in particular eGovernment services, concerning four areas: a) Accessibility, b) Transparency, c) Efficiency, d) Impact. – Search Engines for Healthcare Resources
Searches selected healthcare resources and sources taken from various Subject Tracers and resources from the Virtual Private Library. Created and compiled by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. . Currently over 147 healthcare meta search engines and resources are accessed simultaneously.

Entrepreneurial Resources Subject TracerTM Information Blog
Entrepreneurial Resources Subject TracerTM Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest entrepreneurial resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source. brings records and data from across the federal government to one central location, making it easier for citizens to hold public officials accountable. Enter a name and see every record of that person across the entire collection of ethics data—including campaign finance, lobbying, and White House visitor records. brings together datasets from across the government to help citizens easily access this information, empowering Americans to hold government accountable.

Federal Business Opportunities
Federal Business Opportunities is the United States Government’s one-stop virtual marketplace. Through this single point-of-entry, commercial vendors and government buyers are invited to post, search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

Federal Government Blogs Organized by Subject
There are 11 categories to choose from: small business, health and nutrition, public safety, law etc.

Federal IT Dashboard
The IT Dashboard provides the public with an online window into the details of Federal information technology investments and provides users with the ability to track the progress of investments over time. The IT Dashboard displays data received from agency reports to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), including general information on over 7,000 Federal IT investments and detailed data for nearly 800 of those investments that agencies classify as “major.” The performance data used to track the 800 major IT investments is based on milestone information displayed in agency reports to OMB called “Exhibit 300s.” Agency CIOs are responsible for evaluating and updating select data on a monthly basis, which is accomplished through interfaces provided on the website.

Federal Register – Daily Journal of the United States Government
The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) jointly administer the website. The OFR/GPO partnership is developing an unofficial XML-based edition of the daily Federal Register on this site. In this edition, Federal Register documents are organized and displayed in an easier to read format; they have also added various web tools and user aids designed to help people find material relevant to their interests. – A Project of OMB Watch
The purpose of the database is to give journalists, analysts, government officials, and regular citizens easy access to information on federal spending. Broader access to this information should foster the development of a better informed, active citizenry that has more power to hold elected officials accountable. is limited to information contained within the FPDS and FAADS government databases (See here for data that is not included on

Financial Markets and Portfolio Management (FMPM)
The official publication of the Swiss Financial Analysts Association, Financial Markets and Portfolio Management (FMPM) addresses all areas of finance, concentrating on financial markets, portfolio theory and wealth management, asset pricing, risk management, and regulation. The journal serves as a bridge between innovative research and its practical applications. FMPM publishes academic and applied research articles, shorter “Perspectives,” book reviews, and survey articles dedicated to current topics of interest to the financial community.

Financial Sources Subject TracerTM Information Blog
Financial Sources Subject TracerTM Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest financial resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source. – Comprehensive Financial Stability Plan and Related Resources
This site displays all the information related to the comprehensive financial stability plan from the United States Government initially issued on February 10, 2009. This site will be the starting point for transparency of all financial stability resources and sources being developed and implemented by the United States Government Department of Treasury. The Financial Stability Plan Fact Sheet is available by clicking here.

FindTheBest – American Reinvestment & Recovery Act
FindTheBest’s American Recovery & Reinvestment Act App organizes grant, loan and contract recipients of the recovery program by several filters including Recipient Name, Project City, Project Name, Project Status, Funding Agency Name, Award Type, Award Amount, Jobs Reportedly Created, Cost/Job and Total ARRA Received. For quick sorting, just click on any category to list recipients by that feature. If you want to sort by city, click on the Project City filter for an alphabetical list of the project cities.

FiscalNote Prophecy – Search, Track, Analyze and Predict Federal and State Government Information
FiscalNote is a real-time government analytics platform. Their mission is to unlock government data and make it useful across industries. They use cutting-edge technology and a beautiful interface to engineer products that connect organizations to the data and analytics they need. Their vision is to make FiscalNote mission-critical to every office and organization. They hope to foster a transparent political and legal system through the use of open data.

FOIAonline – Freedom of Information Act Online
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access information from federal agencies. FOIAonline allows you to submit FOIA requests to all participating agencies from this website, track the status of requests, search for requests submitted by others, and generate up-to-the-minute reports on FOIA processing. FOIAonline participating agencies include: the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Commerce (except the US Patent and Trademark Office), Office of General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration, Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and the Department of the Treasury’s Departmental Offices (headquarters), Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and United States Mint. Please note that the Internal Revenue Service, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration are not participating in FOIAonline. Moreover, Treasury only participates in FOIAonline to the extent of allowing submission of requests; Treasury manages processing in a separate system. A chart provides further details on the information available in FOIAonline by participating agency. Requests under the Privacy Act must be sent directly to the appropriate agency.

Follow the Unlimited Money – Super PACS
This resource shows all independent expenditure-only committees–better known as super PACS–that have raised at least $10,000 since the beginning of 2011. Click on the FEC filings links to see the original filings on the Federal Election Commission’s web site. Click on each super PAC’s name in the left column to see breakdowns of their spending, including aggregate amounts spent supporting or opposing individual candidates, and a chronological list of all their individual independent expenditure filings with the Federal Election Commission. – Videos On People, Issues and Ideas Changing the Planet helps intelligent, engaged audiences get smart. Their users find, enjoy, and share videos about the people, issues, and ideas changing the world. They gather the web’s largest collection of unmediated video drawn from live events, lectures, and debates going on all the time at the world’s top universities, think tanks and conferences. They present this provocative, big-idea content for anyone to watch, interact with, and share –when, where, and how they want. With their community of savvy users and an extensive, growing library of smart videos, is at the forefront of the ongoing integration – and transformation – of the traditional media, TV, cable, and online industries from mass-market to high-quality, high-value content. was founded in 2005 and is funded by a select group of investors including William R. Hearst III and Adobe Ventures.

Free Government Information (FGI)
Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

Global Todo list WSJ 2007 article
Some families are tapping the offshoring approach for personal tasks, getting them done for a fraction of what they’d cost at home. Taking your to-do list global. Such “personal offshoring” is still new and represents a tiny fraction of the more than $20 billion overseas outsourcing industry. But management consultants and economists say it’s likely to evolve into a larger niche as offshore workers identify the opportunities. Thanks to instant messaging, computer scanners and email attachments, any work that doesn’t require meeting in person has the potential to be done overseas.

Government Benefits, Grants and Loans
Learn about government programs that provide financial help for individuals and organizations. Learn about federal government programs, including unemployment benefits, and how to find which ones are available to you. Find the answers to common questions about receiving Social Security. Get answers to the most common questions about student loans. Learn about government grants and loans for states and organizations.

GovFresh – Government 2.0
GovFresh is a live feed of official news from U.S. Government Twitter, YouTube, RSS, Facebook, Flickr accounts and more, all in one place.

govpulse – The Federal Register At Your Fingertips
Each day agencies release hundreds of proposed rules and regulations, meeting notices, final rules, and changes to existing rules in the form of the Federal Register. However in their current format they are difficult to find and to process in meaningful ways. GovPulse was built to address this problem and open the doors of government to the people they work for. By making such documents as the Federal Register searchable, more accessible and easier to digest, GovPulse seeks to encourage every citizen to become more involved in the workings of their government and make their voice heard on the things that matter to them, from the smallest to the largest issues. – Tracking the U.S. Congress is an independent tool to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress, promoting government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology. You’ll find here the status of U.S. federal legislation, voting records in the Senate and House of Representatives, and information on Members of Congress, as well as congressional committees and the Congressional Record. The site is a research tool, but also a (totally free) tracking service. Pick up Trackers throughout the site to make a personalized feed or get email updates.

GovTwit – The Government Twitter Directory
This website hosts the world’s largest list of government agencies on Twitter, tracking state/local, federal, contractors, media, academics, non-profits and government outside of the U.S.

GPO’s Federal Digital System Search (FDsys)
GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to Government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes. GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) is an advanced digital system that will enable GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government. FDsys is available as a public beta during migration of information from GPO Access. The migration of information from GPO Access into FDsys will be complete in 2009, until this time GPO Access will contain all content.

Grant Resources Subject TracerTM Information Blog
Grant Resources Subject TracerTM Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest grant resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.

Guide to Opening Government
The Guide to Opening Government has been developed by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative to support governments and civil society organizations working together to make governments better, through the Open Government Partnership.

Guide To Privacy Resources 2016
This freely available publication titled Guide To Privacy Resources 2016 by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.; Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library is a 40 page .pdf document 275KB. This guide is one of the most comprehensive listing of privacy resources currently available on the Internet. These include associations, indexes, search engines as well as individual websites and sources that supply the latest technology and information about privacy and how it relates to you and the Internet. This is a MUST reference guide for today’s New Economy where privacy and security have become major issues!!

Guide to the Global Economy
This website can be used by college, Masters and high school students with some or no economics background. In fact, that is one of their objectives: to make knowledge of the global economy accessible to non-experts. Also, the website can be used in the U.S. and internationally which fits with our second objective: to make this knowledge available to anyone anywhere. They use data provided by the World Bank to show the main economic indicators of all countries. Each indicator is presented in comparison to several other countries and in terms of changes over time. They discuss the definitions of the various indicators and provide information about the ways in which one can interpret them.

i360Gov- Federal Government News
i360Gov provides government business and technology leaders with important federal government news and analysis regarding government’s largest and most important initiatives in an interactive, online environment. Comprised of six topic-specific news channels each functioning as its own web site, the i360Gov network delivers daily federal government news and analysis pertaining to the following topics: a) Policy and Business, b) Information Technology, c) State and Local Government, d) Defense/Intelligence, e) Healthcare Poicy and IT, and f) Energy Policy and Technology.

Influence Explorer
Influence Explorer is a project of Sunlight Labs, the technology arm of the Sunlight Foundation. Our data is provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, the National Institute for Money in State Politics, Taxpayers for Common Sense, the Project On Government Oversight, the EPA and For more information on how we use this data, see our campaign finance, lobbying, lobbyist bundling, earmarks, federal spending and EPA ECHO methodology pages. Influence Explorer provides an overview of campaign finance, lobbying, earmark, contractor misconduct and federal spending data. To search the underlying records or download the data in bulk, visit the Data section of Influence Explorer.

International Monetary Fund Alerts
Sign up to receive free e-mail notices when new series and/or country items are posted on the IMF website.

Internet Alerts is a Subject TracerTM Information Blog from The Virtual Private Library. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet covering alerts.

Intrapreneurial Resources Subject TracerTM Information Blog
Intrapreneurial Resources Subject TracerTM Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest intrapreneurial resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.

Lawmakers contact information
We need to know that our representatives in Washington, D.C., are looking for solutions and not giving up, and they need to know if we agree or disagree with their strategies. Below, we’ve provided phone numbers, email addresses (provided by the Sunlight Foundation’s OpenCongress project) and Twitter handles (when available) for all 535 voting members of the House and Senate. Example:
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Legal Services Corporation Legal Aid for Americans
Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. LSC promotes equal access to justice by providing funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. LSC grantees serve thousands of low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in 813 offices in every congressional district.

LegiStorm – Transparency’s Sidekick
LegiStorm helps bring transparency to the U.S. Congress by disseminating public documents and nonpartisan information over the web. Based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, LegiStorm’s first information product was a database of congressional staff salaries but we have now added other valuable information, such as the most comprehensive database of all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress and congressional staffers. The information is provided in a strictly factual, non-partisan fashion. They have no political affiliations and no political purpose except to make the workings of Congress as transparent as possible. They expect this resource to be useful to journalists, researchers, lobbyists and current and would-be staffers – as well as regular citizens who simply want to know how their representatives spend public money. You can be sure that there are more such legislative resources to come from LegiStorm.

LittleSis – Free Database Detailing Connections Between Powerful People and Organizations
LittleSis is a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations. They bring transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions. All of this information is public, but scattered. They bring it together in one place. Their data derives from government filings, news articles, and other reputable sources. Some data sets are updated automatically; the rest is filled in by their user community.

Making Sense of the Federal Reserve
A personal tour to the Federal Reserve one of the most complex but effective institutions in the United States.

Manifesto of the New Economy
A new book named Manifesto of the New Economy “Institutions and Business Models of the Digital Society” by Alexander Dolgin, Professor of Moscow State School of Economics, has been published. As Alexander Dolgin says in his book, a new economy is principally the economy of clubs, i.e. different associations of people founded on base of their interests. In such clubs one can find comfortable social habitat for unique personalities living in the society. A person`s quality of life depends on people around him and the way they deal with each other. From the point of view of the economy, the club allows to produce collective goods with reasonable expenses of production. It gives premise for productive joint activities. This concerns different aspects of life, big or small issues: from the problems of a condominium and economically favourable collective purchases to superior forms of cultural and political activities. That is why the club becomes a key form of society being. A society is as good as it can successfully produce different and accessible clubs. From this point of view the new economy brings great positiveness.

MAPLight – U.S. Congress Campaign Contributions and Voting Database, a groundbreaking public database, with offices located in Berkeley, California, illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways. Elected United States officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws. This common practice is contrary to the public interest, yet legal. makes money/vote connections transparent, to help citizens hold their legislators accountable. combines three data sets: a) Bill texts and legislative voting records; b) Supporting and opposing interests for each bill; and c) Campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Combining this data makes visible key information that could never before be determined easily.

Metagovernment Project
The mission of the Metagovernment project is to support the development and use of Internet tools which enable the members of any community to fully participate in the governance of that community. They are a global group of people working on various projects which further this goal. They expect governance software to be adopted first in small communities, and then to spread outward with the potential to gradually replace many institutions of representative democracy with a new kind of social organization called collaborative governance. They conceive a world where every person, without exception, is able to substantively participate in any governance structure in which they have an interest. They envision governance which is not only more open, free, and democratic; but also which is more effective and less fallible than pre-Internet forms of governance.

Michael Sandel – What Money Cant Buy book
Michael Sandel’s newest book, What Money Can’t Buy, discusses the markets that are expanding into different realms of peoples’ daily lives. How are these shifts changing the way people do tasks? Are we allowing money to dictate too much? Sandel discusses the moral implications of these markets with questions such as the following: should prisoners to be able to pay for different, better cells than non-paying prisoners? Should companies be able to buy and sell the right to pollute? Where would you draw the line between markets and morals?

“There are some things money can’t buy; these days, not many. Today, almost everything is up for sale.”

Mobile Government
Mobile technology is changing the way people find and use information and services. How does government interact with the public in this anytime, anywhere world? This Making Mobile Gov Project is helping agencies work together to make a more open, innovative government to meet 21st century citizen expectations.

MuckRock – Government Tool Powered by State and Federal Freedom of Information Laws
MuckRock is an open government tool powered by state and federal Freedom of Information laws, a generous grant from the Sunlight Foundation, and you. They make tools to keep our government transparent and accountable. Requests are based on your questions, concerns and passions, and you are free to embed, share and write about any of the verified government documents hosted there.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community. Over the years the Bureau’s research agenda has encompassed a wide variety of issues that confront our society. The Bureau’s early research focused on the aggregate economy, examining in detail the business cycle and long-term economic growth. Simon Kuznets’ pioneering work on national income accounting, Wesley Mitchell’s influential study of the business cycle, and Milton Friedman’s research on the demand for money and the determinants of consumer spending were among the early studies done at the NBER. The NBER is the nation’s leading nonprofit economic research organization. Sixteen of the 31 American Nobel Prize winners in Economics and six of the past Chairmen of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers have been researchers at the NBER. The more than 1,000 professors of economics and business now teaching at universities around the country who are NBER researchers are the leading scholars in their fields. These Bureau associates concentrate on four types of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals.

NationBuilder – The Essential Toolkit for a New Generation of Leaders and Creators
NationBuilder provides both a website and a CRM in one integrated service designed specifically for organizing communities. It’s especially useful for political campaigns and non-profits who used to have to pay thousands of dollars for outdated tools and the techies required to keep it all working. It’s also useful for anyone organizing a community — online or offline — from PTAs to sports fan sites. The Internet makes it possible for independent leaders and creators to build their own base of support outside the traditional gatekeepers like political parties, publishing houses, film studios, etc.

New Economy Analytics, Resources and Alerts
New Economy Analytics, Resources and Alerts Subject TracerTM Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest new economy analytics, resources and alerts available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.

New Journals in Economics field of study
Financial Innovation, Journal of Economic Structures, Journal of the Knowledge Economy and some more available for subscription.

New Rules for the New Economy
New Rules to the New Economy eBook by Kevin Kelly. – Technology and the Business of Government is part of the National Journal Group Inc. and the Atlantic Media Company. It is a spin off of Government and provides coverage and commentary on the management of information technology in the federal government. From time to time, Nextgov and Government will share content and collaborate on features and events. provides news, interaction and research for government and contractor executives and managers in the information technology community. Their readers are high-ranking civilian and military officials who are responsible for providing IT support to those who defend the nation and carry out the many laws that define the government’s role in our economy and society.’s essential editorial mission is to cover the IT and business processes that the federal government deploys to meet agency missions – dozens of which dwarf the largest institutions in the private sector. They aspire to serve the people who manage these huge agencies and programs in much the way that large consumer and business-to-business technology magazines serve private-sector managers.

NYC Stimulus Tracker
With the NYCStat Stimulus Tracker, New Yorkers can track the City’s use of federal stimulus/recovery funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This funding includes federal tax cuts, expansion of unemployment benefits and other social welfare provisions, and domestic spending in education, health care, energy efficiency and infrastructure. The stimulus money for New York City will be used to ensure continued vital City services, provide assistance to New Yorkers in need, and stimulate the City’s economy.

A free and time-saving e-mail alert service. Once you’ve selected the themes that interest you, choose to receive personalised e-mails announcing new publications, statistics updates and free newsletters related to your topics of interest.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
OMB’s predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President’s spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President’s Budget and with Administration policies. In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration’s procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB’s role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public.

Open311 – Collaborative Model and Open Standard for Civic Issue Tracking
Currently, the most developed function of Open311 technologies is to report and track non-emergency issues in public spaces. Common issues include potholes, broken streetlights, garbage, vandalism, and other problems that compromise public spaces and infrastructure. Using a mobile device or a computer, someone can enter information (ideally with a photo) about a problem at a given location. This report is then routed to the relevant authority to address the problem. What’s different from a traditional 311 report is that this information is available for anyone to see and it allows anyone to contribute more information. By enabling collaboration on these issues, the open model makes it easier to collect and organize more information about important problems. By making the information public, it provides transparency and accountability for those responsible for the problem. Transparency also ensures that everyone’s voice is heard and in-turn encourages more participation.

OpenCongress – Track Bills, Votes, Senators, and Representatives in the U.S. Congress
OpenCongress brings together official government data with news coverage, blog posts, comments, and more to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress. Small groups of political insiders and lobbyists already know what’s really going on in Congress. They think everyone should be an insider. OpenCongress is a free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement. OpenCongress is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation.

Open CRS Network – Congressional Research Reports for the People
American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a “think tank” that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology through the cooperation of several organizations and collectors of CRS Reports, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports.

Open Government
Open Government was published in 2010 by O’Reilly Media. The United States had just elected a president in 2008, who, on his first day in office, issued an executive order committing his administration to “an unprecedented level of openness in government.” The contributors of Open Government had long fought for transparency and openness in government, as well as access to public information. Aaron Swartz was one of these contributors (Chapter 25: When is Transparency Useful?). Aaron was a hacker, an activist, a builder, and a respected member of the technology community. O’Reilly Media is making Open Government free to all to access in honor of Aaron. #PDFtribute

Open Government Guide
The Open Government Guide is a complete compendium of information on every state’s open records and open meetings laws. Each state’s section is arranged according to a standard outline, making it easy to compare laws in various states. – Opening, Monitoring and Supporting the World’s Parliaments and Legislative Institutions is a forum intended to help connect the world’s civic organizations engaged in monitoring, supporting and opening up their countries’ parliaments and legislative institutions. Parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs) are working to create strong, open and accountable parliaments, through enhancing citizen participation in the legislative process and bringing parliaments closer to the people they represent. provides a forum for international collaboration on efforts to improve access to parliamentary information and share experiences and good practices among PMOs. It also serves as the home of the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness, a set of shared principles on the openness, transparency and accessibility of parliaments developed by the international PMO community. The Declaration On Parliamentary Openness is available by clicking here.

OpenPlans – Open Government and Livable Streets
At OpenPlans, they think cities can work better. They think it should be easier for public agencies in one place to adopt good ideas and good software from other places. They think opening up data and inviting citizens into the civic process is a good thing. And they are helping make it happen. OpenPlans is a non-profit technology organization focused on open government and livable streets. They build open source software. They help agencies open up their data. They report on urban issues.

OpenSecrets – Money in Politics – See Who Is Giving and Who Is Getting is your nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use their free site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change.

Open Source Micro-purchasing: An experiment in federal acquisition
Micro-purchasing authority is the ability to purchase and procure things for government purposes. Use of a “purchase card” to directly buy products and services, as long as the price does not exceed $3,500.

Open States – Discover and Follow All State Legislatures
Open States allows anyone to discover more about lawmaking in their state. With Open States, you can track state bills, get campaign and contact information for legislators and follow all the action across 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Open Up Government Data – Wired HowTo Wiki
A how to wiki by Wired Magazine on opening up government data. This wiki analyzes the problem, delineates solutions and offers areas of involvement as well as highlights the government datasets .. the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Constantly kept up to date with the latest developments and requirements to open up government data. Data.Gov is coming and lets help build it!

Peers – The Sharing Economy
Peers is a member-driven organization that supports the sharing economy movement. They believe that by sharing what we already have — like cars, homes, skills and time — everyone benefits in the process. The sharing economy is helping us pay the bills, work flexible hours, meet new people or spend more time with our families. They think it’s how the 21st century economy should work, so they are coming together to grow, mainstream and protect the sharing economy.

Performance.Gov – Driving Federal Performance
Responding to the President’s challenge to cut waste, save money, and better serve the American people, provides a window on the Obama Administration’s approach to improving performance and accountability. shows progress on the Administration’s efforts to create a government that is more effective, efficient, innovative, and responsive. Reforming how Washington works is an ongoing effort that demands vigilance and leadership.

Feed in a news article, blog post or press release, and Poligraft will present you with an enhanced view of the interconnections between the people, organizations and relationships described in the piece.

Politwoops – Archive of Deleted Tweets From U.S. Politicians
Politwoops is the only comprehensive collection of deleted tweets by U.S. politicians. From minor messaging changes to major gaffes, Politwoops offers a window into what they hoped you didn’t see.

POPVOX – Bridges the Gap Between Public Wants and Congress Want and Need to Receive
POPVOX bridges the gap between the input the public wants to provide and the information Members of Congress want and need to receive. Constituent communications are flooding and overwhelming Congressional offices. POPVOX verifies, aggregates, and simplifies communication with Congress on an open and trusted (and nonpartisan) common ground. Advocacy organizations, trade associations, unions and other groups send their members to POPVOX to take action on bills pending before Congress. – United States Publications
For more than 40 years, the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. FCIC, part of the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, has traditionally provided publications to consumers via the publications distribution center in Pueblo, Colorado. The website was where consumers could go to find information and order publications on a variety of topics from the federal government. replaces the former The new site provides better navigation; search; shopping experience; and now some of your favorite publications in popular e-reader formats. Additionally, they will use social media channels to keep you informed of new publications.

Quorum – Data Driven Politics
Quorum is an online legislative strategy platform that provides legislative professionals in Washington and all 50 states access to the world’s most comprehensive database of legislative information, with quantitative insights and modern project management tools making it easier to track legislation, build support, and take action.

RAND Corporation – Congressional Resources
RAND informs policymakers with research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas, providing knowledge that is trusted for its objectivity, comprehensiveness, and enduring value.

RFE: Resources for Economists on the Internet
This guide is sponsored by the American Economic Association. It lists more than 2,000 resources in 97 sections and sub-sections available on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all resources are also described.

Scout – Get Alerts When Congress or Your State Capitol Talks About Issues You Care About
Scout is a free service that provides daily insight to how our laws and regulations are shaped in Washington, DC and our state capitols. These days, you can receive electronic alerts to know when a company is in the news, when a TV show is scheduled to air or when a sports team wins. Now, you can also be alerted when our elected officials take action on an issue you care about. Scout allows anyone to subscribe to customized email or text alerts on what Congress is doing around an issue or a specific bill, as well as bills in the state legislature and federal regulations. Researchers can use Scout to see when Congress talks about an issue over time.

SeeClickFix – Report Non-Emergency Issues and Receive Alerts in Your Neighborhood
SeeClickFix allows anyone to report and track non-emergency issues anywhere in the world via the internet. This empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations and governments to take care of and improve their neighborhoods.

Sharing Economy – what is the future of the Sharing Economy?
Collaborative businesses are helping to support a cultural shift from excess, hyper-consumption and ownership, and towards access, sharing and efficiency. Some worry that these new businesses will create an informal economy, which lacks the safety nets of the formal economy. The road ahead for collaborative businesses will be filled with many obstacles. Governments will struggle to keep pace with innovation. New businesses without a sound economic plan will fail. In the near-term, our economy will continue to be based largely on consuming new products and services en masse.

Sharing Economy – press coverage
Benita Matofska is co-founder of, a company that offers comparisons on a wide range of accommodation and transport options, as well as other goods offered for sharing such as garden tools, maternity items and even information. The motivation behind the website is, says Matofska, “to open up the sharing economy so that everyone can experience a sharing lifestyle. Sharing is a movement that anyone can get behind, whether it’s offering someone a lift to work or renting out your apartment when you’re not there”.

Show Us the Data – The Most Wanted Federal Government Documents [Archived]
Is the federal government putting the information you need online? Are there categories of unclassified documents or data that you know exist–on paper or in government computers and databases–that would be of value to the public if posted and regularly updated on an agency’s Web site? If so, then help Open The Government and the Center for Democracy and Technology identify the 10 Most Wanted Government Documents, Reports or Data Sets that should be available on the Web. Use this site to tell them what data you want and who has it.

Shrinking Governments Worldwide and the Future of Work
Less attention has been devoted to contemporary transformations in public-sector work and their consequences. The availability and quality of employment in the public sector is directly linked to the capacity of governments to provide good public services, regulate markets, and promote social well-being, especially for disadvantaged people. So a debate about the future of work and workers must urgently consider how such changes affect not only government employers and employees, but also the citizens they are supposed to serve.

Social Informatics Subject TracerTM Information Blog
Social Informatics Subject TracerTM Information Blog constantly monitors the Internet for the latest social networks, communities, resources and sources available and then lists them alphabetically in an ongoing information blog with a direct link to the source.

Socrata – Open Data Solutions for Government Innovation
Socrata is the leading developer and provider of Open Data Services, a category of cloud-based Web 2.0 solutions that enable federal, state, and local governments to dramatically improve the reach, usability and social utility of their public information assets. The Socrata Social Data PlatformTM is a turnkey information delivery platform that reduces lifecycle management costs for government customers while boosting their ability to disseminate relevant information and data-driven services to a wide range of audiences including citizens, civic application developers, researchers, journalists and internal stakeholders. The cloud-based Socrata platform transforms information assets – tabular data, geospatial data, unstructured content and real-time data from government transactional systems – into a consumption-optimized and socially-enriched experience, that is automatically accessible across multiple channels of interaction, to enhance governments’ ability to accomplish their mission at a reduced cost.

Subsidyscope aimed to raise public awareness about the role of federal subsidies in the economy. Pew’s Subsidyscope Project completed its four-year effort to provide data and analysis to make federal government spending and subsidies more transparent in 2012.

Sunlight Labs – Developers and Designers Opening America’s Government
Sunlight Labs is part of the Sunlight Foundation a non-profit, non partisan Washington, DC based organization focused on digitization of government data and making tools and websites to make it easily accessible. Sunlight Labs is an open source community of thousands dedicated to using technology to transform government. They focus on transparency- the idea that government can be more effective, more honest, and more accountable when it makes data about its process, operations, and influences available to the public. Their work revolves around opening up government data of all forms. Paid staff of Sunlight Labs are employees of the Sunlight Foundation a 501c(3) non-partisan non-profit organization. The Sunlight Foundation is: a) A think-tank that develops and encourages new policies inside the government to be more transparent and accountable; b) A campaign to engage citizens to change government’s transparency policies; c) An investigative organization that uses the data and applications to demonstrate why we need those policies; d) A grant giving institution that gives grants to organizations using technology to further our mission and create community; and e) An open source technology community that revolves around the Sunlight Foundation’s core mission.

The Economy – Global Economic Crisis Special Coverage and World Market Analysis
Middletown Thrall Library Special Coverage: The Economy – Global Economic Crisis, News, Statistics, Economic Indicators, Credit, Energy, Food, Housing / Mortgages / Subprime, & Related Resources. This is a comprehensive site created by the Middletown Thrall Library offering continued special coverage on the Global Economic Crisis with World Market Analysis. Additional resources on this Global Economic Crisis are available here as well as the eFinancialBot Global Financial Search Engine.

The Economics of Happiness – Brookings commentary
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and policy solutions. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public. This research and commentary is about the economics of happiness.

The Fiscal Barometer
The Fiscal Barometer tracks trends in federal, state and local spending, revenues, and employment. It shows ten indicators, including the Fiscal Impact Measure, a gauge of the contributions that government makes to the near-term pace of economic growth. These indicators highlight the important role of state and local government policies, sometimes overlooked in the Washington debate over federal taxes and spending. The fiscal impact measure shows how much federal, state, and local government taxes and spending added to or subtracted from the overall pace of economic growth. Between 2008 and 2011, fiscal impact was positive, indicating that government policy was stimulative; in recent years, it has been negative, indicating restraint.

The Information Economy, The Impact of Automation, The Future of Work
“The emerging new information economy has created a Rashomon moment”. For the Future of Work, a special project from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, business and labor leaders, social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and journalists weigh in on the most consequential changes in the workplace, and what anxieties and possibilities they might produce.

The State of American Business 2015
On January 14, 2015, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue gave his annual State of American Business address to outline the business community’s top policy priorities for the year. View the video in this URL.

The State of American Business 2016
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue will deliver his annual State of American Business address, which will also include a press conference with Chamber Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten. Date of event: 14 January 2016. Video recording to be viewable at this URL and can be viewed anytime anywhere over the Internet.

Third Party Websites That Transform Government Data
This wiki page contains a list of websites generated by third parties that make available raw government information. The categories include: a) Legislative Information (with focus on U.S. Congress); b) Federal Law and Regulations; c) The Courts; d) Money and Influence; e) Freedom of Information Act; f) Political Party Information; g) Business Information; h) Other Useful Websites; i) Other Meta-Lists of Third Party Government Data; and j) International Websites.

This We Know: Explore U.S. Government Data About Your Community
Their mission was to present the information the U.S. government collects about every community. By publishing this data in an easy to understand and consistent manner, they sought to empower citizens to act on what’s known. In this first phase of development, they focused on a handful of nationwide data sets from six different agencies in the catalog. They picked data sets that each had a spatial component. All the data sets were converted to RDF and loaded into a RDF database that served as the foundation for this website. This project is no longer being actively maintained.

THOMAS (Library of Congress)
THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include the following features and content: a) Bills, Resolutions; b) Activity in Congress; c) Congressional Record; d) Schedules, Calendars; e) Committee Information; f) Presidential Nominations; g) Treaties; and h) Government Resources.

Trading Economics
Trading Economics provides its users with accurate information for 196 countries including historical data for more than 300.000 economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. Our data is based on official sources, not third party data providers, and our facts are regularly checked for inconsistencies. has received more than 100 million page views from more than 200 countries.

Transparency Data (Now known as Influence Explorer)
Transparency Data is a central source for federal lobbying disclosure, federal grants and contracts, earmarks and federal and state campaign contributions. Here you can begin your search, find the information you need, and then download records of what a candidate has received, what an individual has given, how much an organization has spent on lobbying, and many other queries.

Transparency Project – Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Knowing “what the government is up to” is often the first step in ensuring that the government respects the civil liberties of its citizens. Transparency is especially important given the government’s increasingly secretive use of new technologies for law enforcement and national security purposes. From cell phone location tracking, the use of surveillance drones, secret interpretations of electronic surveillance law, and the expanding use of biometrics, EFF wants to hold the government accountable and uphold your digital rights. To that aim, EFF’s Transparency Project is dedicated to using federal and state freedom of information laws, the courtroom, and their megaphone to shine light on government activities. While emerging technologies give the government new tools that threaten citizen civil liberties, technology also has the potential to create a more democratic relationship between public institutions and the citizens they serve.

Twitter Fan Wiki – U.S. Government
This page includes people and agencies of the U.S. government, organized according to the executive branch, legislative branch, and related sections.

UK Government Open Data Site
The UK Government’s open data website,, developed with the help of Tim Berners-Lee (W3C Director) and John Sheridan (Linked Data Lead for and co-Chair of the W3C eGovernment Interest Group). Like in the United States, the UK site reflects a growing awareness inside and outside of government that standards-based open data is a key enabler of government services and a building block for new information services across government and industry. Additionally, this new site showcases Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies. – Track USA Spending is the publicly accessible, searchable website mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to give the American public access to information on how their tax dollars are spent. See data summaries for prime recipients of federal awards, including the funding received year over year, agencies that made the awards, and the type of awards received. This is a searchable database of federal government assistance awards and contract awards. You may search by contractor, recipient, state, Congressional district, federal government agency/department/program, type of product or service. Data from FY 2000 to present. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act) requires a single searchable website, accessible by the public for free that includes for each Federal award: 1) The name of the entity receiving the award; 2) The amount of the award; 3) Information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc; 4) The location of the entity receiving the award; and 5) A unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.

U.S. Global Health Budget
This resource provides regularly updated information on U.S. government funding for global health. It includes historical trends and tracks funding levels throughout the appropriations process. Data can be customized by U.S. Agency, Program Area, and Initiative. Watch KFF’s global health team demonstrate how to use the Budget Tracker to analyze funding data.

Welfare Programs, Food stamps, Social Security, Public Assistance, Social Welfare: Does welfare corrupt the poor?
Does welfare corrupt the poor?

Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor people will just encourage bad behavior. An NYTIMES view of the situation about welfare programs specifically with reference to the US.

Welfare Nation: The role of redistribution in social policy
Most people have an incorrect assessment on who is on “welfare”. Based on newer data and a more indepth analysis, this article examines who benefits from and who pays for social, fiscal and corporate welfare and concludes that all three welfare systems continue to serve and to favor the middle class, wealthy households, and large corporations. Keywords: tax redistribution, public assistance, social welfare, social security.

World Bank Data
The World Bank Group provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 7,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data are available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.

XML Federal Register – Bulk Data and Daily Files
The White House, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) achieved a breakthrough in making Government information available and usable by the public. GPO converted the text of the Federal Register (2000-2009) into XML (extensible markup language) and placed it online in numerous Federal Government portals, which include: GPO’s Federal Digital System (, The Federal Register Web site ( and the Government’s new portal for Government data ( For direct access to Federal Register bulk data files, go to: This project began when President Barack Obama challenged Federal agencies to create a more open and transparent Government. The change supplements the official publishing formats with XML, a form of text that can be manipulated in virtually limitless ways with digital applications. For example, people who want to know about the workings of the Executive branch of the Federal Government no longer need to sift through the Federal Register in its traditional Department-by-Department and Agency-by-Agency format. In this new format users can rearrange the Federal Register’s contents in personalized ways to match their particular interests. It is now possible, for example, to download the Federal Register and easily see what proposed actions might affect one’s community or region, or what actions might have an impact on one’s profession or business interests. (YE) (YE) is designed to be a practical tool for researchers, business and community leaders, and economic-growth professionals. It provides timely, detailed – yet quick and easy-to-access – information about businesses, agencies and organizations (establishments), and jobs at the national, state, metropolitan (MSA), and county levels. The site also gives policymakers and journalists the benefit of being able to look at regional economies and their business and industry activities in a new way. (YE) is a free business census containing 22 million active establishments (over 44 million total) providing unique aggregate information about the performance of businesses through time from a local to a national perspective. YE lets you view businesses through their composition, growth, rankings, and summary graphs showing companies in your community.

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