Monday, June 25, 2007

Can the Web Make You More Productive?

Every weekday, I get an e-mail from containing links to some thematic area. Might be about film, or health, or holidays. I've ound it at least interesting and occasionally useful. An e-mail from last week posed the question of the title above.

The first link was to Top Ten Productivity Web Sites. A number of them are organizational tools. I have a Gmail account, useful for a number of functions, including this blog. My favorite tool in this grouping is TinyURL., where you go to and plug in a URL that goes to the second line of an e-mail you're sending and make the URL much shorter.

The second link was to Tips for Searching Effectively with Google. Look near the bottom to see how to find synonyms and searching within a range of numbers, things I've done in the past but had forgotten.

The final link is to How to Do Everything in Mozilla Firefox. I use Firefox at homwe, though not at work, and I like it better than Explorer; your experience may vary.

Friday, June 22, 2007

E Podunk is a useful tool to find a bunch of stuff (sorry for using such a technical term) about a place. For instance, one can search for, say, Binghamton, and it'll give you all the places called Binghamton. As it turns out, there's a town and a city, both in Broome County, NY. Let's look at the listing for the city of Binghamton, NY. One will find tidbits about the place, such as:
With Endicott and Johnson City, known as the Tri-Cities.
Binghamton is a city in Broome County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for an early landholder, Philadelphia merchant William Bingham.
The latitude of Binghamton is 42.098N. The longitude is -75.918W.
Binghamton is at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers.
Then, as it does for other locations, it lists information both demographic and cultural.

The thing I've used the page most for, though, is ancestry. We often get requests for the concentration of, e.g., Cambodians in the U.S. From here, I can see that, according to the Census 2000, it's:
Lowell, MA city 10.37
Signal Hill, CA city 8.27
Bayou La Batre, AL city 5.84
White Center, WA populated place 4.61
Long Beach, CA city 4.39
Cascade, MN township 4.24
Lynn, MA city 4.21
Stockton, CA city 4.19
Revere, MA city 2.57
Providence, RI city 2.16
Tenino, WA city 2.14
Wheatland, CA city 2.11
Lexington, NC city 1.93
Tacoma, WA city 1.84
Tukwila, WA city 1.67
Roseland, CA populated place 1.63
Garland, UT city 1.6
Attleboro, MA city 1.53
Modesto, CA city 1.52
Holland, MI township 1.52
Fall River, MA city 1.46
Riverdale, GA city 1.44
Springvale, ME populated place 1.4
Rosemead, CA city 1.35
Kingston, RI populated place 1.27
Cranston, RI city 1.25
Raymond, WA city 1.24
Danbury, CT city 1.21
Sanford, ME town 1.13
Savage, MN city 1.11
SeaTac, WA city 1.11
Holland, MI city 1.1
Rochester, MN city 1.1
East Lansdowne, PA borough 1.08
Fresno, CA city 1.06
Lakewood, CA city 1.03
Bristol, IN town 1.01
Inman, SC city 1.01
Woodlynne, NJ borough 1

Thursday, June 21, 2007

A Rose by Any Other Name...

And they say the Census Bureau doesn't have a sense of humor...

Farms, farms, everywhere...

Just had a request for data that the Census USED to collect but has now been taken over by the Department of Agriculture and their National Agriculture Statistical Service. One of the handy things I found while searching for the state of farms in our counties was a pdf file listing some basic data (sort of like our Census Primary Profiles) for each county in New York. Their website is .

The Agriculture Census data is located at .

Our graphic (very near) future

A really cool Photosynth demo and our interconnectedness:

Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth (based on Seadragon technology) creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, shows it off in this standing-ovation demo.

NY Governor's Commission on Public Higher Education

Since many of you are involved with colleges and universities:

To whom it may concern -
Governor Spitzer is examining the potential for major changes in the CUNY and SUNY systems which will allow them to compete on a national level and educate students who do the same. As part of this initiative, he has asked his Senior Policy Advisor, Lloyd Constantine to visit CUNY and SUNY campuses around the state to get a first hand look at the assets and opportunities involved. As part of that effort, he would like to speak with as many students as possible. Should you be interested in meeting with the governor's Senior Advisor and contributing to this vital higher education
initiative, please send an email to

In order to be eligible for this opportunity, you must either (1) Be on campus over the summer; (2) be somewhere near campus where you could stop by campus for approximately 1 hour during the day; (3) be in New York City and able to take 1 hour out of your day to travel to midtown for a meeting in the Governor's offices there. Your input will be considered seriously and will likely have a tangible effect on the Governor's strategy for CUNY and SUNY reform. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Daniel Doktori
Deputy Policy Advisor
Executive Chamber
New York State
Ph: (518) 486-9824

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

LUCA apparently has nothing to do with Suzanne Vega

Part of what I try to do is share with my folks at the NYS SBDC what I've learned at the State Data Affiliates meetings. For instance, here's my piece LUCA. You'll note I, er, appropriated that famous photo. You might think it's a little simplistic - and for you data mavens, I'm sure it is - but for a general population, I think it's about right.

Here's the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this past week:
2010 Census: Census Bureau Has Improved the Local Update of Census Addresses Program, but Challenges Remain. GAO-07-736, June 14."

Oh, and Suzanne Vega sang about Luka, not LUCA.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Take the Money and Don't Run

Last Monday's Wall Street Journal had an interesting article in the Regional Economic Roundup (A Special Report): Take the Money and Don't Run; States continue to lure businesses with promises of tax breaks and grants; But now the deals come with a catch: You don't get the cash until we get the jobs. by Conor Dougherty. WSJ. (Eastern edition). June 11, 2007. pg. R.1

Here's the abstract:
Now governments are making sure that their incentive plans come with a catch. Many are using "clawback" provisions that let governments recover their money if companies leave town or go belly-up. In other cases, governments don't pay companies until they actually create jobs. One city is even proposing a "no poaching" agreement to get more leverage over businesses, where neighboring cities promise to limit the use of incentives to lure companies from each other.

"It's a 'united we stand' kind of approach," says Charles Bichara, director of economic development for Middleburg Heights.

"No one can predict or guarantee economic conditions, which will ultimately determine the long-term viability of any business venture," says Jay Biggins, executive managing director at Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co., which represents companies in negotiating incentive packages. If a project doesn't meet expectations, and a clawback becomes necessary, Mr. Biggins says, "that's the system working."

To get the full-text article, you can go to a database that contains the WSJ, such as ABI/Inform Global. That includes the New York State Library, if you have a P card. If you don't have access, let me know , and I'll see what I can do.
The WSJ's video about Naugatuck, CT's plan to use a new transit system to "breathe life into the city's economy." (3:11, after a 0:15 commercial.)

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Pew News IQ Quiz

Since you're all information folks. thought you might like to find out: What's Your News IQ? Then see What Americans Know.

Alternate Energy Blogs

I found a new gateway to a number of alternative energy blogs. The gateway is named AlternativeEnergyBlogs, which links to these sites:

The Bioeconomy Blog is devoted to the promotion of all key literature relating to biorenewable fuels, most notably bioethanol and biodiesel.
It will focus on the economic, environmental, medical, political, and social aspects of bioeconomy initiatives. The Bioeconomy Blog is a companion to The Bioenergy Blog, which is devoted to the technical aspects and technologies associated with production.

The Bioenergy Blog is devoted to the documentation of key literature relating to biorenewable fuels, most notably bioethanol and biodiesel. It is focused on the technical aspects and technologies associated with the production of these fuels. The Bioenergy Blog is a companion blog to The Bioeconomy Blog, which is focused on the non-technical aspects of bio-based fuels.

The Geothermal Energy Blog is devoted to the documentation of key monographic literature relating to all aspect of geothermal energy.

The Wind Energy Blog is devoted to the promotion of all key literature relating to wind energy and wind turbines and related technologies. It will also focus on non-technical issues as well.

Friday, June 15, 2007

User-Generated Emotions

I received an e-mail from something called ICG Weekly Perspective. The writer, Joan, is a big fans of rating systems. She believes "they add useful and easily digestible value to otherwise pedestrian data content, and help effectively deal with the 'option overload,' so well described in the book The Paradox of Choice." She then reviews a couple sites that are heavily dependent on ratings.

The first site, lets entrepreneurs rate venture capitalists. Quoting Joan: "Let's just say the process of asking people for millions of dollars to fund your dream and in most cases being rejected is a process that creates strong emotions. Various blogs written by and for venture capitalists quickly took strong exception to the site, claiming it was a pointless service: those who got funding tended to love those who funded them; those who were turned down were invariably filled with vitriol." You can only join this if you're an entrepreneur, and they have some sort of vetting process.

The other site is a new legal directory site Avvo. It rates "lawyers through a computerized assessment of 'various factors' that the company does not reveal, coupled with the ability of consumers to post comments." One can select a specific lawyer, or sort by geography
and/or specialty. Again, a bad outcome, even losses in unwinable cases, might well skew the results. I joined for free, which will allow me to post.

Joan: "The bottom line on ratings and user commentary is that to be valuable they need to be rational, and we need to tread cautiously in areas where emotions run high."

Rep. Maloney Applauds FY08 Census Funding for SIPP and Partnership

What I find remarkable about the reinstatement of the SIPP money is the comforting knowledge that there are people out there who actually READ the budget lines. The Commerce, Justice, et al. Appropriations bill is notoriously massive omnibus legislation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Meghan O'Shaughnessy (202) 225-7944
June 13, 2007

WASHINGTON - Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a long-time champion of the Census and former ranking member on the Government Reform Census Subcommittee, today praised the inclusion of full funding for the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and funding for the 2010 Census Partnership Program, in the Fiscal Year 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The Bush Administration left the funding for these important Census programs out of its original budget proposal, and Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) was instrumental in securing this appropriation.

"I commend my friend and colleague Mr. Mollohan for his foresight in fully funding the SIPP, an essential survey tool that helps analyze the effects of public policy on American families. I know how difficult it can be to find funding in this tight budget, but Rep. Mollohan recognized that good data makes good policy. I also applaud the funding for the Census Partnership Program, which is essential to obtaining the most accurate census count possible," said Maloney. "My hope is that the Administration will now get behind this effort and support Mr. Mollohan's fully funding the SIPP and funding the Partnership Program."

The Bush Administration originally planned to end the SIPP, with the intent to replace it with a redesigned survey later on. After reevaluating their plan and receiving negative feedback from members of Congress and policy stakeholders, the Administration acknowledged that the timeline for ending the SIPP and beginning its replacement would not only yield a disastrous data gap, but an unworkable survey tool. The Administration changed course and decided to continue the SIPP.

The Census Partnership Program was integral to the success of the 2000 Census. It partners the Census Bureau with community leaders who help stress the importance of the census to their constituencies. There was no funding included for this program in the President's budget proposal, which would make it impossible for the program to achieve the same level of success as it did in 2000, when it had over two years to build community relationships.


The SIPP was created by the Census Bureau in 1984 to gather more detailed information about the impact of government aid on people's lives and how people move in and out of government programs. Rather than just capturing information at a point in time, the SIPP is unique because it questions thousands of the same people every few months for several years, providing a greater understanding of transitions into and out of government programs.

The rich and detailed data generated by this survey allow researchers and lawmakers to examine the real-world impact of a wide variety of government programs, such as welfare reform, Medicaid, child-support enforcement, and unemployment insurance. The survey provides essential information on the extent to which programs meet families' basic needs and promote upward mobility. The SIPP also provides more in-depth information than other government surveys on work-family issues, such as maternity leave, child care usage and costs, and the work schedules of couples.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Taxable Sales & Purchases - County & Industry Data for March 2004 - February 2005

From your state tax department:

Article 29 of the Tax Law authorizes counties, cities and some school districts to impose a local sales tax as a complement to the statewide tax. This report presents statistical information on taxable sales and purchases subject to the county or the New York City (NYC) sales tax. Taxable sales include nearly all retail sales of tangible personal property and certain services. Taxable purchases represent the value of tangible personal property or services purchased for use in business operations (which would otherwise be subject to tax) on which no sales tax was previously paid.

To download the entire publication and statistical tables, please go here.

Economic History

On a listserv I monitor, someone asked last week about historic exchange rates, and was directed to the section on the site, How Much Is That?, which includes The Value of Money; Growth Rates, GDP and Earnings; and Financial Indicators, all in time series. Useful. But what I found really interesting on the site were the databases, "an on-line location for researchers in economic history to make their data series available to other professionals and interested scholars. Several data series have been given to EH.Net and are available as downloadable files, while many other titles may be accessed through our Database Directory."
# Weekly Data on the Confederate Grayback Note Price of a Gold Dollar in Richmond and Houston
# Developing Country Export Statistics: 1840, 1860, 1880 and 1900
# Early Forward Exchange Markets: Vienna, 1876-1914
# Early U.S. Securities Prices, 1790-1860
# Global Financial Data, 1880-1913
# Greenback Series
# Historical Labor Statistics Project Series
# U.S. Customs House Data, 1854-59
# U.S. National Bank Notes, 1864-1935
# U.S. Population Series
# U.S. Public Debt Issues, 1775-1976
# Unskilled wage index, U.S.
# Weekly Data on Confederate Cotton Bond Prices in London and Junk Bond Prices in Amsterdam
# Wheat Prices in France, 1825-1913
# U.S. Agricultural Workforce,1800-1900
This latter form describes, among other things, the number of agricultural slaves, by state, in 1800-1860.
I haven't even explored the Encyclopedia and Related Sites. Good stuff.

Of course, there are inherent difficulties in comparing salaries and money back in time, as this article notes. Also, here is a link to many links about the Current Value of Old Money.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Strange Maps

The map above is from Strange Maps for June 10, "US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs". If you go to the website, if the map is covered by the sidebar, just click on the map. A lot more cartographic weirdness where this came from.
I'm not attesting to the accuracy of the data - which is true in all cases, anyway - but particularly here.

Wind Maps

As wind energy becomes more popular, there are now wind maps for much of the world.

"The New York wind map was funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and validated by consulting meteorologists."

Speaking of the state agency, here is a NYSERDA report on large wind turbines (PDF).

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Review

Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Celebrates its 30th Anniversary of serving the Region.

Summer 2007 edition of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Review (PDF) – Newsletter of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC).

This issue includes:
*Thoughts from G/FLRPC Spring Regional Roundtable: Environmental Preservation?
*Optimizing Transportation Through Effective Land Use
*2007 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update
*State Funding to Assist Municipalities to Develop Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plans
*Local Update of Census Addresses (additionally please visit here for updated information)
*Honeoye Lake Watershed Management Plan
*G/FLRPC Assists with Canandaigua’s Infotonics Commercialization Center $3 Million Award
*Spring Local Government Workshop Re-Cap
*A Sense of Place: Silver Lake
*Upcoming Events
*Recent G/FLRPC Publications
*Recent G/FLRPC Presentations
*Planning Leads to Results
*Chair and Staff Coming and Going
*G/FLRPC Revolving Loan

Analysis of 2004 NY State Personal Income Tax Returns by Place of Residence

From the state tax dept:

This annual study provides statistical information on 2004 New York State personal income tax returns that were timely filed during 2005. The data are from full-year resident, full-year nonresident, and part-year resident returns. The report categorizes returns as either taxable or nontaxable, depending on the presence or absence of taxable income and income tax liability. Data presented include the distribution of New York adjusted gross income and tax liability by residence and the value of deductions, exemptions, and taxable income by income class.

To download the entire publication and statistical tables, please visit here.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Ring Studies No Longer So EASI?

For some demographic reports, notably ring studies, I've used Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI). Registration is required but it's free. Ring studies based on the 2000 Census are free, and you can pay for more up-to-date (2004) data. The correct longitude and latitude for the address is required, but the database can provide that. There are also maps and other features that I haven't used much.

But, in testing the site for this post, I've found that, while the longitude and latitude pops up quickly, an actual report doesn't get created. Instead, the page times out. Anyone else using this product?

Temporary Travel Flexibility Permitted Within Western Hemisphere

As you probably know, the government is now requiring U.S. citizens to use passports when they travel by plane to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. This has led to a huge backlog in the passport application process, doubling the time of routine processing from six weeks to nearly three months, jeopardizing summer 2007 travel plans.

The U.S. Department of State announced on Friday that that citizens flying to those locations who have applied for but not yet received passports can, between now and September 30, enter and depart from the United States by air with a government issued photo identification and Department of State official proof of application for a passport. One can get that proof online by going here.

See the video on the State Department web page.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Rockefeller Institute of Government

"The Nelson Rockefeller Institute of Government conducts studies and special projects to assist government and enhance the capacity of states and localities to meet critical challenges."
Topics include:
State and Local Government Finance
Federalism and Intergovernmentalal Relations
Health and Medicaid
Workforce, Welfare, and Social Services
New York State Activities
Government Reform
Cities and Neighborhoods
Faith-Based Human Services
Public Management
Public Safety, Disasters, and Homeland Security

The most recent report is Medicaid Funding for Nonprofit Healthcare Organizations, a 50-page PDF released this month.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Finding Our Religion (or at least stats about same)

As has been noted in this blog, the Census does not, indeed cannot, ask mandatory questions about religious affiliation. This doesn't mean other people can't take a crack at it. The Graduate Center, the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York, has a series of reports such as the American Religious Identification Survey, American Jewish Identity Survey and the Latino Data Project. Of course, some statistics have great sociological implications. The author of this article, for instance, believes that the number of Jewish people in America has been underestimated. Still, both of these are self-identified numbers, rather than the denomination-driven stats provided, e.g., in the The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Make of these what you will.

Incidentally, the Graduate Center has other reports at the link above, such as Philanthropy Among African American, Asian American, and Latino Donors in the New York Metropolitan Region; First Comprehensive National Study Finds Centers Safest Form of Childcare; and Echoes of Brown: The Faultlines of Racial Justice and Public Education.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Northern NY Tourism Research Center

I went to a State Data Center Affiliate meeting in late October 2005. I was very excited to go to a session on "Tourism Research Sources in New York State". Unfortunately, the information was heavy on paid sites and inaccessible data. I WAS happy, though, to read about the Northern NY Tourism Research Center. GOOD DATA! Unfortunately, it's only for the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Warren Counties, plus the Town of Webb in Herkimer County.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Census in Schools Educator Update, June 2007

From our friends at the Census Bureau:

Welcome to the Census in Schools Educator Update - providing you with the latest news from the U.S. Census Bureau. In This Issue:

1. Minority Population Tops 100 Million
2. Hurricane Season and Census Facts
3. Hurricane Data and Emergency Preparedness
4. Historical Data and Coastal Area Teaching Suggestion
5. Facts for Features
6. Contact Us

1. Minority Population Tops 100 Million
The nation’s minority population reached 100.7 million on July 1, 2006,according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates by race, Hispanic origin, sex, and age. California had a minority population of 20.7 million on July 1, 2006, 21 percent of the nation’s total; while Texas had a minority population of 12.2 million, 12 percent of the total. For a historical perspective, the total U.S. population reached 100 million in 1915. Last October, the Census Bureau reported that the overall population had topped 300 million.

Other highlights include:

The Hispanic population has remained the largest minority group with 44.3 million people. Hispanics accounted for almost half (1.4 million) of the national population growth of 2.9 million between July 2005 and July 2006.
The second largest minority group is the black population at 40.2 million,achieving an increase of 1.3 percent, or 522,000 people, between 2005 and 2006.
The Asian population saw an increase to 14.9 million. After Hispanics,Asians are the second fastest growing minority population, with a 3.2 percent increase between 2005 and 2006.
American Indian and Alaska Native
The American Indian and Alaska Native population rose by 1 percent to 4.5 million from 2005.
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander The Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander population hit the one million mark in 2006, with a 1.7 percent increase since 2005.

For more information, visit here.

2. Hurricane Season and Census Facts

The north Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November. The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness, and recovery efforts. The following facts spotlight the number of people living in areas that could be most affected by these acts of nature.

In Harm’s Way

34.9 million - Estimated July 1, 2006, population most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes: the coastal portion of the states stretching from North Carolina to Texas. Twelve percent of the nation’s population lived in these areas.
24.8 million - Number of people added to the Atlantic and Gulf coastal areas from North Carolina to Texas between 1950 and 2006. Florida alone was responsible for the bulk of this increase (almost 15 million).
Florida -17.6 million - Estimated 2006 coastal population of Florida, accounting for half of the coastal population of the states stretching from North Carolina to Texas. Among the Sunshine State’s coastal population, 10.5 million lived along the Atlantic and 7.1 million along the Gulf.
352 people per square mile - The 2006 population density of Florida’s coastal areas, which leads the entire area between North Carolina and Texas in coastal population density.

Hurricanes Past
38,000 - Population of Galveston, Texas, at the time of the city’s "Great Storm" on Sept. 8, 1900, that killed more than 8,000 people. At that time, Galveston, Dallas and Houston had similar populations.
223,388 - Estimated population of New Orleans on July 1, 2006 — less than one year after Hurricane Katrina struck. The city’s population was down
50.6 percent from a year earlier.

3. Hurricane Data and Emergency Preparedness

Interested in characteristics (economy, housing, people, maps) of areas impacted by hurricanes Rita, Wilma and Katrina in 2006? Visit the Census Bureau home page and click on Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness.

The Census Bureau helps local leaders use census data to prepare for and recover from emergencies in their communities. Special population estimates provide a before and after look at the population of the impacted area and before and after characteristics of the population and housing.

4. Historical Data and Coastal Area Teaching Suggestion

The Census Bureau Web site contains many links that teachers can use to develop ideas for lessons. One area of the site provides historical census population and housing counts for the United States, states, regions and divisions, metropolitan areas, large cities, and coastal regions. Teachers and students can mine data, evaluate information, and apply ideas by comparing and contrasting, mapping, graphing, and charting information.

Using the chart on the attached PDF, create a line graph showing the Atlantic and Gulf Area coastal populations between 1960 and 2005 and the total U.S. population for the same years. Describe the rate of change of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast population compared with the total U.S. population.

Twelve percent of the U.S. population currently resides in the coastal counties from North Carolina to Texas. Use the chart to calculate the percentage that resided in these coastal counties from 1960 to 2005.
Describe how the portion of the U.S. population residing in these areas has changed.

The table above shows how many states have coastal counties. Click on graphic and "open link".

To visit the historical section of the Census Bureau’s Web site go to, click on "People and Households" and click on Historical Census Data.

5. Facts for Features

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26) — In observance of the 17th anniversary of the enactment of this ground breaking law, statistical information from the Census Bureau’s demographic subject areas about people with disabilities.

To see the latest facts, visit here

6. Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about Census in Schools, please call Kim Crews or Vicki Glasier at 301-763-3626 or e-mail:

Long Island Power Authority data

The LIPA puts out an Annual Population Survey. While some of it is repackaged Census data - and still useful as that - the report also tracks the recent trends in Long Island residential electric use. The report covers not only Nassau and Suffolk Counties, but also the Rockaway peninsula of Queens County.

Monday, June 4, 2007

The Wayback Machine

Those of you old enough to have watched Rocky and Bullwinkle may remember the wayback machine that the dog Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman utilized to go back in time. There is a similar function on the Internet when a website has changed and you're trying to find info that used to be on the page, also called The Wayback Machine.

A couple years ago, I was trying to find a report that the Bureau of Indian Affairs used to have on the page, but was taken down for some bureaucratic reason. I went to the Wayback Machine, put in the URL, and found what I wanted. Of course, not everything is available, as there are software products out that which will block the Wayback Machine. Still, I've found it to be a useful tool.

Friday, June 1, 2007

SBA's Office of Advocacy

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides "economic research, policy analyses, and small business outreach help." The research includes state economic profiles, data on small business, and business owner demographics. The monthly Small Business Advocate notes the newest information. Go to the Advocacy page here.