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Get your weather forecast, viewing map, imagery and more for historic August 21 event

NOAA: “While most of America will be looking up on August 21 during the solar eclipse, NOAA’s GOES-16, America’s newest weather satellite, will be looking down at Earth, tracking the moon’s shadow across the United States with its highly sophisticated Advanced Baseline Imager. NOAA plans to publish images of the eclipse from GOES-16 and its other polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites as they become available. The GOES-16 imager will provide three, high-resolution color animations and still pictures of the eclipse. And, flying onboard NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite — in orbit one million miles away between the Earth and sun, and past the moon — is the NASA EPIC camera. The high-powered EPIC camera will also take images and a movie of the moon’s shadow on Earth that will likely be available within one or two days of the eclipse.”

OpenCorporates posts French company registration database

opencorporates blog: “It is thanks to the persistence, effort, and hard-work from open data advocates both inside and outside government that French companies are now available as open data. Since January, France’s Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE) has published the official “SIRENE” company registration database as open data, and after extensive… Continue Reading

GAO reports continuing security controls for protecting confidentiality of taxpayer data

Information Security: Control Deficiencies Continue to Limit IRS’s Effectiveness in Protecting Sensitive Financial and Taxpayer Data, GAO-17-395: Published: Jul 26, 2017. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2017. “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made progress in addressing previously reported control deficiencies; however, continuing and newly identified control deficiencies limited the effectiveness of security controls for protecting the… Continue Reading

Removal of animal welfare data from USDA site sparks FOIA requests

Follow up to previous postings – DOJ defends USDA take-down of massive animal abuse database; Durbin Demands Trump Administration Restore Animal Cruelty; and Animal welfare information wiped from USDA website – see updated status on this matter: People who care about animal welfare are demanding information from USDA – “The Agriculture Department abruptly removed all animal… Continue Reading

NASA Space Weather Media Viewer Website

“The Space Weather Media Viewer site & app features near-real-time imagery from a wide variety of NASA missions as well as video interviews with prominent scientists about the causes of space phenomena and NASA-created visualizations.” Continue Reading

UK Open standards for government

“The UK government is selecting a set of open standards for use in government technology. The aim is to apply these consistently across government bodies, making our services better for users. The profiles listed here include the open standards that have been chosen after a period of peer review and public comment through the Standards… Continue Reading

USGS – Protected Areas Data Portal

“The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) was recently highlighted on the U.S. Geological Survey website. Mapping Public Lands in the United States describes this growing database containing more than three billion public land and marine acres managed by nearly 15,100 agencies and nongovernmental organizations,  and covering 200,000 separate parks and protected areas. PAD-US is a product… Continue Reading

Federal Inspectors General Beta Website offers searchable database of reports

“ is a publicly accessible, searchable website containing the latest public reports from contributing Federal Inspectors General who are members of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE). The site is operated and maintained by CIGIE. The reports and information are uploaded to this site by the IGs… was created… Continue Reading

FTC – Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email

“Tired of having your mailbox crammed with unsolicited mail, including preapproved credit card applications? Fed up with getting telemarketing calls just as you’re sitting down to dinner? Fuming that your email inbox is chock-full of unsolicited advertising? The good news is that you can cut down on the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails… Continue Reading

Digitized Bound Congressional Record 1941-1950 Now Available

GovInfo: “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), in partnership with the Library of Congress (LC), has made available on govinfo digitized versions of the Congressional Record (Bound Edition) from 1941-1950. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 77th through the 81st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: World War II,… Continue Reading

Experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America Through the Eyes of NASA

Jet Propulsion Laborabtory, California Institute of Technology – Experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America Through the Eyes of NASA – Monday, August 21, 2017. Continue Reading

Supreme Court launches redesigned website

SCOTUSblog: “Late Friday evening [July 28, 2017] the Supreme Court released a new version of its website ( The court’s Public Information Office boasts that the site update includes “a more consistent menu structure, a more interactive calendar, faster access through Quick Links, improved page load times, and reduced page scrolling.” For example, instead of… Continue Reading