Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library


Categories: Maps/Geography,Science/Technology

Daily images of the earth taken by a NASA camera one million miles away on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Shows the earth as it rotates, revealing the whole globe over the course of a day. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD Tool)

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

Redesigned online tool that lets users search nearly 20 years of outbreak data by state, food, or germ.   From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Driver Electronic Device Use in 2014

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Provides statistics on the prevalence of drivers’ use of handheld electronic devices and text messaging.   Also covers cell phone use. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Authors Guild et al v. Google

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

Decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit that the digitizing of millions of books by Google to create an online library is transformative and not a violation of the concept of fair use. From Justia


U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel,Science/Technology,Transportation

Press release with details about the federal government’s decision to require registration of drones. A task force will develop recommendations for the registration process by 11/20/15. Concerns have been expressed about unmanned aircraft flying higher than permitted and near airports. From the Federal Aviation Administration