Keystone XL Pipeline government studies recently released
If constructed, the Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil (e.g., synthetic crude oil or diluted bitumen) derived from oil sands in Alberta, Canada to destinations in the United States. Because the pipeline crosses an international border, it requires a Presidential Permit that is issued by the Department of State (DOS).
Here are some recent documents related to the Keystone XL pipeline:
Oil Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline: Background and Selected Environmental Issues (Report by the Congressional Research Service issued February 23, 2013.)
Draft Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) (Draft technical review of potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project, including impacts from construction, impacts from potential spills, impacts related to climate change, and economic impacts. Issued by State Department on March 1, 2013. A 45-day public comment period will begin when EPA posts the Draft SEIS on its Web site.)
New Mexico NDNP Grant Renewed
UNT Libraries’ Digital Newspaper team oversees three NEH-sponsored, National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grants for Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. These grants are awarded to each state in two-year cycles, and they support digitization of 100,000 pages of pre-1923 newspapers. UNT has received the NDNP grant for three cycles of Texas newspapers and two cycles of Oklahoma newspapers.
Andrew Weidner is the project coordinator for the New Mexico NDNP project, and he is based at UNT and collaborates with the University of New Mexico for the project. They received notification in Fall 2012 of receipt of a second cycle renewal, to add to the initial 100,000 pages of New Mexico newspapers digitized. Early Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico newspapers are text-searchable and readable through Chronicling America. Texas newspapers digitized through NDNP are also available via The Portal to Texas History, and the Oklahoma newspapers are available on The Gateway to Oklahoma History.
Top Ten Digital Objects
Although you may have heard that there are a lot of items in the UNT Digital Library (DL) and The Portal to Texas History (Portal), some items are far more popular than others.
Here are the top ten most popular digital objects in the UNT collections:
10. Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas (Portal) - 9,978 uses since June 2009.
9. Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Portal) - 11,300 uses since June 2009.
8. Identifying factors that predict student success in a community college online distance learning course. (DL) - 12,049 uses since January 2010.
7. This man is your friend: Russian: he fights for freedom (DL) - 13,296 uses since January 2010.
6. Juvenile Delinquency: Findings and Implications (DL) - 13,574 uses since January 2010.
5. The Application of Hackman and Oldham's Job Characteristic Model to Perceptions Community Music School Faculty Have Towards Their Job (DL) - 16,681 uses since January 2010.
4. Oswald in Morgue - Print (Portal) - 18,066 uses since October 2009.
3. Speaking for America...Bob Hope. (DL) - 24,627 uses since January 2010.
2. [Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in Morgue, Getaway Car and Funeral] (Portal) - 24,902 uses since May 2010.
And the most popular item is...
1. ["Barrow Gang" Wanted Poster, 1933 - Van Buren, Arkansas] (Portal) - 43,072 uses since February 2010.
For those who prefer the road less traveled, here is a sampling of less popular (but still interesting!) items that you might enjoy:
* [Two boys sitting on alligator] (Portal)
* [Letters and Drawings from Niagara Falls Students to the BRAC - July 2005] (DL)
* [Map of Europe as queen] (Portal)
* Stamp out black markets --with your ration stamps: pay no more than legal prices. (DL)
* Catheads, Coalburners, and Cho-Cho Sticks: Folk Speech in Texas Prisons, in The Bounty of Texas published by UNT Press (Portal)
* Fifty Common Birds of Farm and Orchard (DL)
* [Portrait of Carmen Calvo] (Portal)
* [Cast During the Filming of "Shooting Straight with Tim Holt"] (DL)
* Ant-Trap. (Portal)
* The grocery ruined him. (DL)
If you'd like more information about usage statistics, check out Did You Know...that you can see usage statistics for items, collections, and contributing partners/departments? and Bob Is Popular.
World at one view.
--submitted by Hannah Tarver, Head, Digital Projects Unit
Too Much of a Good Thing
So, sometimes when you're performing a general search in The Portal to Texas History, you really don't want 70,000 hits from newspapers. Here's how to avoid them.
Although the Portal makes it easy to restrict your search to newspapers, we don't yet have a native way to restrict your search to everything but newspapers. It's tempting--but not entirely precise--to handle the problem by eliminating the keyword "newspaper" from your search. Consider the following examples:
Seems logical, but the last two searches will exclude from the results list any items that have the word "newspaper" anywhere in the text or metadata. For example, the photograph "Young Woman in Bathing Suit" will be eliminated because that young woman happens to be looking through a cutout in a newspaper.
A better solution is to tell the search system to eliminate anything that actually is a newspaper. This requires a "URL hack" to remove the newspaper "resource type." Oddly, the easiest way to do this is to search for newspapers in order to display the appropriate syntax, and then insert a "-" in the URL between the "=" and "dc_type." Seem complicated? Here's an example of how to do it:
- Go to the basic search screen in the Portal.
Enter the search term "shoes" in the box, click the word "Newspapers" above the box, and then click the "Submit" button.
Now look at the URL in your browser's address bar. You should see http://texashistory.unt.edu/search/?q=shoes&t=fulltext&fq=dc_type%3Atext_newspaper.
Insert a minus sign (hyphen) in the URL between "=" and "dc_type."
- Press the "Enter" key on on your keyboard to resubmit the search.
Voila! You now have a results list of 3,934 entries for items that are not newspapers, but do contain the word "shoes" in their text or metadata.
You can learn more about searching in The Portal to Texas History by visiting our Basic Search Guide.
--submitted by Nancy Reis, Publications Specialist, Digital Libraries Division
Holiday Spirit in the Digital Collections
Even when the December weather doesn't feel wintry, there are plenty of things in the Portal and the Digital Library to help you get into the holiday spirit.
The Digital Library has a selection of music recordings, including:
- Ensemble: 2005-12-09 - New Horizons Holiday Concert
- Ensemble: 2007-11-27 - UNT Concert Choir
- Doctoral Recital: 2007-11-20 - Jessica McCormack, soprano
- Ensemble: 2002-11-25 - Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra
Or watch this video of the Columbus Boychoir performing Christmas carols on An Album of Christmas Carols.
There are a variety of Christmas-related items in both the Portal and the Digital library such as:
- [Christmas Decorations at Night], Children And Dog At Christmas, [Photograph of a Christmas Tree in the Kammlah House] and other photos
- Christmas trees as a cash crop for the farm
- A Comfort Christmas
- Christmas overseas gifts (poster)
- Christmas cards
There are also some items related to Succot and wintertime. Find more holiday-related items on the Portal and the Digital Library.
--submitted by Hannah Tarver, Head, Digital Projects Unit