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Geography of Virginia,

Charles A. Grymes

Created by a professor at George Mason University, this website provides an extensive directory of websites related to everything from education to Virginia and the internet. The website provides some introductory articles, such as an excellent overview of energy in Virginia that includes graphs and history. Each section also includes a list of links. The Virginia Government section alone contains more than 100 links to further resources. While each external website is of excellent quality, it may take time to navigate from such a large body of links to the right resource.

The Second Charter of Virginia,

The Virginia Company of London

The Second Virginia Charter is one of the founding documents of the United States. Written at the very beginning of the colonial period, the Second Virginia Charter extended the "rights of Englishmen" to colonists.

What were the rights…

The First Charter of Virginia,

The Virginia Company of London

The First Virginia Charter is one of the founding documents of the United States. Written at the very beginning of the colonial period, the First Virginia Charter extended the "rights of Englishmen" to colonists.

What were the rights of…

Virginia's Judicial Circuit and District Courts,

Virginia Court System

This website provides an interactive map of Virginia's judicial circuits and districts that helps show the way the levels of courts in the state court system. Clicking on a section of the map reveals links to the circuit and district courts in that region. Try exploring the websites of your local courts to learn more about Virginia's judicial system. What is the difference between a circuit and a district court? How are the courts organized, and what are their essential duties?

NVTC TechPAC Endorses Bob McDonnell for Virginia Governor,

NVTC TechPAC

This document is a press release from the Northern Virginia Technology Council's PAC explaining its support for Bob McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign. What role do PACs play in elections?

Why might the Northern Virginia Technology…

Commonwealth Data Point: Transparency at Work in Virginia,

Commonwealth of Virginia

Commonwealth Data Point is an excellent tool for understanding the basic implementation of financial expenditures. Find out budget data, or what was purchased on the state credit card. The website also provides demographic data, such as university enrollment and food stamp use. While browsing the website, you may want to consider how state and local governments implement policy decisions. What changes could you make to policy or spending practices?

Virginia Performs: Measuring What Matters to Virginians,

Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia Performs is part of Virginia's open government initiative. The website includes information on Virginia's progress in areas such as health, education, and transportation. For example, users can find information on high school graduation rates in Virginia and surrounding states. The website also includes information on government initiatives to increase high school graduation rates. Questions to consider include: What is the role of state and local government? How are policy decisions implemented at a state and local level?

Virginia Ideas Forum,

Commonwealth of Virginia

The Virginia Ideas Forum offers a place for residents and citizens of Virginia to voice their suggestions and concerns to state officials. Other residents and citizens may comment and vote on these ideas. In addition, state officials offer responses on the forum. This website is an excellent place for individuals to become involved in government.

Many Eyes from IBM,

IBM

Many Eyes is a collaborative, innovative resource for graphs, maps, charts, and other interactive resources. Users may browse data ranging from the status of smoking in Virginia restaurants (by county) to food safety or sports statistics. The website offers detailed information about different types of data visualizations (pie charts, histograms, maps, etc.) and ways to create such visualizations. Users may then input their own data into the website, complete with charts or maps. Many Eyes is an excellent tool for learning how to create and interpret many types of data sets.

Swivel Data Website,

Swivel.com

Swivel is an interactive website which allows user to explore, share, and upload "tasty data goodies." Data sets include such diverse information as the Life Expectancy in Virginia, Interest rate data from the Federal Reserve Board, and the number of people who read newspapers online. As with any source, users should evaluate the source of each data set for accuracy. Some are contributed by anonymous individuals, others come from sources such as the National Weather Service. Swivel is an excellent tool for locating and analyzing data sets for accuracy, relevance, and content.