Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Gail Fithian in Government Information
Tags: consumer information, DCR, farmers markets, heating, parking, rinks, safety, skating, snow, winter
Take advantage of available resources to stay safe and warm, as well as get the most fun out of winter. This guide links to information on keeping warm in your home, cold weather safety, tips on safety driving, emergency parking regulations, protecting your roof, and getting help paying your heating bills. Also included are some information on stuff you can only do in the winter–snow shoeing, skating, and shopping at winter farmers markets…
Resources and Further Reading
City of Boston tips on cold weather safety and safe driving, emergency parking regulations, and protecting your roof.
Help With Your Winter Utility Bill–Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Heating and Energy Savings Resources–Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Winter Storm Safety–American Red Cross
Skating Rink Schedules–Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Ski and Snowshoe Trails in Greater Boston –Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Winter Farmers Markets in Massachusetts–Mass.gov
Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Gail Fithian in Government Information
In November 2012, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question allowing the use of marijuana for the treatment of certain medical conditions. The Boston Public Health Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services websites contain important information on the laws and regulations on use of therapeutic marijuana.
The library has compiled a guide to books, articles, websites, and other resources related to therapeutic use of marijuana and the laws and regulations governing use in the state of Massachusetts. Also contained in this guide are resources for people who want to learn more about the social and political controversies surrounding the marijuana industry and therapeutic uses of marijuana. Read more »
Posted on November 19th, 2014 by Gail Fithian in Government Information
Last month, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the City of Boston will be convening a regional summit to better prepare Greater Boston for the impacts of climate change. The announcement also marked the kickoff of an international design competition focused on climate preparedness, as well as an update of the City of Boston’s ongoing climate efforts. Read the 2014 Draft Climate Action Plan for Public Comment, which was released on November 10.
“There is no issue more urgent than climate action. When we work together, the steps we take do more than protect us: they can bring us closer together, they can create good jobs, they can improve our health, our public space, and our civic life,” said Mayor Walsh. “I look forward to working closely with the MAPC, the Metro Mayor’s Coalition, and the Commonwealth on this critical issue.”
The half-day summit, which will be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston next spring, is a first-of-its-kind convening on regional climate preparedness and will establish a mechanism for coordination of regional, cross-government action going forward. It will include regional and state agencies such as MassPort, MassDOT, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), as well as Mayors from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Metro Mayor’s Coalition. The Metro Mayor’s Coalition includes Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Brookline, Winthrop, and Braintree.
To learn more about the impact of climate change on our city and the world, please see these links. Read more »
Posted on August 21st, 2013 by Gail Fithian in Government Information
Tags: innovation, inventions, National Science Foundation, patents
Check out a video series called The Science of Innovation, created by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the National Science Foundation, and NBC Learn.
The site currently has eleven videos exploring various processes of innovation in these areas:
- Smart Concrete
- Self-driving Cars
- Electronic Tattoos
- Fuel Cell Efficiency
- Anti-Counterfeiting Devices
- Synthetic Diamonds
- Bionic Limbs
- 3D Printing
Posted on August 18th, 2013 by Gail Fithian in Government Information
Tags: A Handsome Atlas, American Community Survey, Bostonography, Brooklyn Brainery, census data, data visualization, demographic data, Gapminder, Joy of Stats (documentary), neighborhoods, Rich Blocks Poor Blocks, United Nations
Cool data visualization pages proliferate.
Probably the most graphically stunning is A Handsome Atlas from Brooklyn Brainery, with its colorful and imaginative visualizations of nineteenth century census data.
Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks takes data from the US Census Bureau’s 2007 through 2011 American Community Survey to map income data on income and rent. Data can be displayed by street address, zip code, census tract number, or city, and comparisons to state medians are also shown.
Bostonography was developed by two “cartography geeks”. It includes maps on themes such as distances to liquor stores and Dunkin’ Donuts locations. The site is also attempting to define some of Boston’s disputed neighborhood boundaries by crowdsourcing “collective definitions of Boston’s neighborhoods by its residents and those who know the city well.”
Gapminder bills itself as “a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.” Its data page contains visualizations on 513 socioeconomic indicators by country. The same data is also available to download to spreadsheets. The rest of the site is also worth checking out, particularly the Joy of Stats documentary.