Tuesdays at APA — January 2010

Data Mining on Federal Websites

January 26, 2010

Since the late 1990s, planners have grown to rely on the rapid exchange of information and enhanced data analysis tools enabled by sophisticated computing power. With this proliferation of information and technology, planners need practical strategies for making sense of electronic information.

John Shuler, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Rana Salzmann, from APA, discussed how to use the Web to find relevant planning information efficiently and commented on how the Internet's reach has changed the practice of planning through the expansion of digital government services.


PowerPoint presentation (ppt)

PDF of PowerPoint presentation (pdf)

Websites Referenced

www.usa.gov

www.google.com/unclesam  

www.data.gov

www.opencrs.com

thomas.loc.gov

www.gpoaccess.gov

www.fedstats.gov

www.planetizen.com

capitolcircle.com/

forums.e-democracy.org/

www.municode.com

www.mrsc.org

oscdl.research.pdx.edu/  (Oregon Sustainable Community Digital Library)

www.theplanningcommission.org/ (Hillsborough County FL Planning Commission)

About the Speakers

John A. ShulerJohn A. Shuler is Associate Professor / Bibliographer for Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He teaches and writes about government information resources and policies, as well as the literature of urban planning and public administration.

Rana SalzmannRana Salzmann is APA's Librarian & Education Associate. She has a background in electronic resources administration, technology instruction, and information management.