Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Shutdown Update: Education and Research Sites Affected

The shutdown of the United States government is already affecting students, instructors and researchers at Texas Woman's University. Due to the lapse in government funding, many Web sites frequented by those in academe have been shuttered.

1)  Census.gov sites, services and all online survey collection requests are unavailable until further notice. Affected sites include all those hosted by census.gov: Census.govAmerican FactfinderPublic APIFTP ServersFAQsBlogsOnline Surveys; and Federal Statistical Organization websites FCSM, FedStats and MapStats.

2)  According to its Web site, the Library of Congress closed to the public and researchers on October 1, 2013 and will remain so until further notice.  All its public events are cancelled, its Web sites inaccessible (except legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov, which remain available.)


3)  Other education-related Web sites and resource portals run by the government are closed or affected. For details see Some Education and Research Web Sites Go Dark Amid Shutdown, from the Chronicle of Higher Education blog Wired Campus.

4)  As previously posted here, the database ERIC (Internet) is nonoperational until further notice (although an alternate pathway to ERIC content is available; for details, see the previous post here.)

Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at usa.gov.

Stay tuned.


~Stephany Compton and Greg Hardin

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