As I think I mentioned before, I coordinate the State Agency Databases project, a volunteer led 50 state annotated compilation of publicly searchable databases produced by agencies of US states. Last year our site was named one of the best free reference sites 0f 2012 by the Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA.
I am looking for volunteers to maintain three state pages that have been open over a year:
All that is required to be a volunteer is a commitment to do the following:
- Check the page for broken links using http://validator.w3.org/checklink or some other method and looking for replacement URLs when needed. This should be done quarterly (around Sep 15, Dec 15, Mar 15 & Jun 15 of each year).
- Look for new databases produced by your state. There are a number of approaches to locating state databases. The databases you find ought to meet the criteria listed on the What is a Database page. When in doubt, ask Daniel Cornwall, project coordinator.
- Annotate your databases with one or two sentences that indicate what fields can be searched in a given database and what sort of information the database records have. Indicate any special technology needs (i.e. IE only, etc)
- Accept e-mail from people not comfortable with editing wikis who have additions, edits or deletions.
If you are interested in adopting one of these pages, please read our volunteer guide and make sure you can accept the responsibilities of a project volunteer. Then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a statement of interest and your favorite database from the page you are adopting.
If you’re not interested in adopting a state, would you please reblog this post? Maybe one of your followers will be interested in this opportunity to work with an award winning website.